Hippo Motor Group is committed to improving our practices to combat modern day slavery and human trafficking of any kind within its own business and supply chains. Hippo Motor Group’s primary protection against slavery is to ensure that all business activity complies with minimum wage legislation. Hippo Motor Group also requires this of its contractors. Hippo Motor Group’s first line of defence against human trafficking is to ensure that all employees have the right to work in the UK. Hippo Motor Group also requires that UK contractors only employ staff with the right to work in the UK.
Due to the breadth of its businesses and supply chains Hippo Motor Group is not in a position to check every business relationship and avenue. The principal areas at higher risk of human trafficking and slavery are those related to our supply chains, in particular cleaning services, Valeting and Uniform suppliers.
Hippo Motor Group sources and sells products and parts from a broad range of national and international suppliers. Our supplier and contractor approval process incorporates a review of the controls being undertaken by the supplier. To ensure that external supply chains comply with this policy Hippo Motor Group requires that the business practices and supply chains of each supplier are in accordance with Hippo Motor Group’s principles and monitors compliance by suitable levels of due diligence according to the level of risk which Hippo Motor Group assesses of the potential for human trafficking and/or modern slavery.
Any instances of non-compliance of which Hippo Motor Group is made aware will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Remedial action will be taken and tailored to suit the circumstances. Hippo Motor Group will only trade with those who fully comply with this statement or those who are taking steps towards full compliance. If Hippo Motor Group is not satisfied with the steps being taken towards full compliance, it will temporarily suspend its business with that supplier (to the extent permitted under contract or by law). The ultimate sanction for the continual failure to comply will be for Hippo Motor Group to cease to trade with that supplier (to the extent as permitted under contract or by law).
Hippo Motor Group will quickly and thoroughly investigate any claim or indication that any area of its business or supply chains is engaging in human trafficking or slave labour.
Any such claim coming to the attention of personnel within Hippo Motor Group should be reported to senior management in accordance with our Whistleblowing Policy. The director will be informed of the issue including the findings and outcome of the investigation.
All Hippo Motor Group’s employees are provided with full details of Hippo Motor Group’s Pre employment checks policy, Whistleblowing Policy and other company policies, including this statement. All employees are encouraged to familiarise themselves with this information at induction and by regular email updates.
The effectiveness of the steps taken to ensure that slavery and or human trafficking is not taking place within the business or supply chain is based on not receiving reports from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.
This statement has been approved by the Director of Hippo Motor Group, Thomas Preston, and it will be reviewed and updated as necessary on an annual basis.