This statement is made by Hermes Parcelnet Limited, now known as Evri. It is a statement made in accordance with Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and covers the financial year from 1 March 2021 to 28 February 2022. The statement also refers to activity we will be taking during our 2022/23 financial year.
Evri is the UK’s leading consumer delivery specialist handling more than 640 million parcels each year. We have over 6,500 employees and operate a network of over 18,000 self-employed couriers, 32 parcel processing sites, c.500 delivery units and over 10,000 ParcelShops and lockers.
Evri works with a wide range of businesses in the UK from leading high street and online retailers to SMEs and micro-sellers. We also deliver for consumers through our www.evri.com website.
We engage a range of third-party suppliers to provide goods, services and labour to us (our “Suppliers”). These Suppliers include suppliers of fleet vehicles, parcel sortation equipment, mobile scanning hardware and software and cloud-based technology as well as warehouse workers and HGV drivers via agencies.
We also engage self-employed individuals to provide courier services on our behalf such as our final mile couriers, those who operate ParcelShops and/or provide delivery unit operational services (collectively, our “Services Providers”).
We are committed to the sustainable development of our business in a way that reconciles economic success with the social wellbeing of individuals that are employed by us or are involved in the provision of services to us.
We understand that slavery, human trafficking, servitude and forced labour (“Modern Slavery”) is a global and increasing challenge for governments and business.
We recognise our responsibility to be aware of the risk of modern slavery within our own organisation and supply chain.
In 2016 we introduced a Code of Conduct (“the Code”) which was updated in 2021.
The Code acts as the cornerstone of our Social Compliance strategy which includes audits, complaints procedure and a whistleblowing process and is based on ethical, moral and legal principles providing a framework for all that we do.
Our Suppliers and Service Providers can expect us to comply with the law, observe ethical standards and act as a fair business partner. In turn, we expect our Suppliers and Service Providers to apply the same standards. We make an unambiguous commitment in the Code to treat our Service Providers and suppliers with dignity and respect.
The Code defines what modern slavery means and makes clear that it is prohibited in our operations and supply chain. Evri and our employees will not engage in, facilitate or fail to report any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of our Code in this respect. Likewise, our Suppliers and Service Providers must not engage in, facilitate or fail to report any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of those principles.
The Code includes a complaints procedure under which alleged breaches of the Code can be raised and will then be investigated.
There is also a companywide modern slavery policy, updated in 2022, which sets out our commitment to ensuring transparency in our business and our approach to tackling modern slavery.
All new employees undergo all the legally required pre-employment checks to ensure identity is correct and that there is the full right to work in the UK and are all paid the National Living Wage or above, regardless of age.
To seek to prevent slavery and trafficking in our business and supply chains we send a copy of our Code of Conduct to any company applying to work with Evri through a formal tender process. The Code forms a part of the contract we have with Suppliers and our contracts include an obligation to comply with the Code.
We would eliminate from a tender process any company who does not share our values and who chooses not to sign up to the Code as part of a contract.
New third-party relationships are subject to specific questioning regarding compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the Code; and we have modified our procurement procedures to address the risk of slavery and trafficking.
All staff are required to complete mandatory online training to ensure they are aware of modern slavery and know the signs to look out for in identifying it.
On top of the mandatory online testing for all employees, we have worked with the Slave Free Alliance to develop more detailed and specific training for those employees within our operation who are engaging with self-employed Service Providers daily.
This Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement is hereby approved by the Executive Committee of Hermes Parcelnet Limited.
01 August 2022