One of the UK’s leading building companies has become the first contractor certified under the Ethical Labour Sourcing (ELS) standard.
The ELS standard was created by BRE, a certification and standards firm, in response to the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The standard aims to verify firms that apply the proper due diligence around human rights and ethical concerns when sourcing materials, products and service.
Construction was recently highlighted as one of the sectors where modern slavery was common.
Paul Hamer, chief executive of Sir Robert McAlpine, said: “Forced labour can have no place on Britain’s construction projects; it is an unseen and evil practice that must be stopped.
“Our business is working incredibly hard to demonstrate that Sir Robert McAlpine will not tolerate it and this ELS accreditation is testament to our commitment.”
The standard assesses organisations on 12 areas, including organisation and management structure, procurement, bribery and corruption and supply chain management, among others.
Dr Shamir Ghumra, director of sustainable products at BRE, said she hoped Sir Robert McAlpine’s certification would encourage more contractors to seek verification.
“We hope this will spur on more organisations into identifying opportunities to improve their ethical practices and help eradicate the evils of enforced labour and modern slavery, and help the industry as a whole raise its operating standards,” she said.
Download the Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard guidelines.
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