Manufacturers of corrugated packaging; sheet board and boxes.

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Policy Statement
Board24 Ltd acknowledge its responsibilities in relation to ethical business activity and in tackling modern slavery within our supply chain or in any other part of our business. Our policies and our interaction with colleagues, as well as suppliers and customers, continue to reflect our commitment to acting ethically in all our operational matters. We strive to ensure that we, and our supply chain, act in compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and have continued to monitor such compliance.

Organisation's structure
We are a leading manufacturer of corrugated sheet board and glued cases. We are a part of the Logson Group, and our ultimate parent company is W.&R. Barnett Ltd, which has its head office in Northern Ireland.

We have 360 employees based at Coalville, Preston and Larkhall, and an annual turnover of £147 million per annum.

Organisation's structure
Board24 is a leading manufacturer of corrugated sheet board and glued cases. We are a part of the Logson Group, and our ultimate parent company is W.&R. Barnett Ltd, which has its head office in Northern Ireland.

We have 365 employees based at Coalville, Preston and Larkhall, and an annual turnover of £145 million per annum.

Due Diligence
We have undertaken an initial risk assessment, of all those areas within our business and our supply chain identified by the legislation, with particular focus on child labour, health and safety, workers’ rights, diversity and minimum pay. We are committed to compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and to ensure those within our supply chain are also aware of their obligations, we are rolling out a compliance initiative as part of our Quality Assurance programme and vendor approval process. Our Ethical trading risk assessments now form an integral part of the approval process for new vendors; and will include annual spot checks for approved vendors. The annual spot checks are questionnaires to key suppliers to ensure compliance to ethical business activity and tackling modern slavery within the supply chain or any other part of their business. Responses are measured on their compliance. We have sent out 52 questionnaires and had responses from 44. Each year we add suppliers to the list and in the last 12 months have added 8.

Effectiveness of our procedures
To measure our effectiveness in ensuring that modern slavery is not taking place in our business or supply chains, we compile the responses received from our audit questionnaire so these can be assessed. This process allows us to identify any concerning responses received, compare these with previous responses, and follow up with any entities, if required.

Supply Chain
Our supply chains include: paper, starch, pallets, haulage, and energy. The majority of our purchases are from the UK and countries within the EEA. We do not trade with countries which are the subject of sanctions or embargoes imposed by either the United Nations or the UK government.

Training
We have developed training for our staff on the issue of modern slavery within our supply chains and business. We are committed to addressing modern slavery and ensuring ethical compliance and have developed policies which reflect the values we adhere to as a business. These are made available within our staff handbook and includes a provision to address a safe mechanism for whistle blowing.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in relation to the financial year ending December 2020.

Richard McBride

Richard McBride
Managing Director
Board24
January 2021