Yodel Delivery Network Ltd is committed to preventing acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within its business and imposes the same high standards on its suppliers.
Structure of the business
Yodel Delivery Network Ltd is an independent parcel carrier operating within the UK. Turnover in 2015/16 was in excess of £400m and in the same financial year the business had approximately 4,000 direct employees.
We operate through a network of three central sort centres and over fifty service centres across the UK. The majority of the parcels are received at the sort centres where they are sorted and dispatched to our local service centres nationwide where they are loaded for delivery to the final recipient.
Our workforce consists of a combination of employed, self-employed and agency staff depending on local labour conditions and demands.
As part of our commitment to combating modern slavery we have implemented an Anti-Slavery Policy, together with supporting documents dealing with risk assessments and supplier audits.
We also make sure our suppliers are aware of our policies and adhere to the same high standards.
Policies and Procedures
As part of our efforts to monitor and reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring within our supply chains, we have adopted the following policies and procedures:
- Adopting a modern slavery policy and incorporating relevant anti-slavery and human trafficking provisions into our supplier code of conduct;
- Undertaking a risk assessment of existing supplier relationships;
- Reviewing procurement policies and procedures to ensure that potential suppliers are capable of responding to any issues identified in the risk assessment;
- Updating standard contracts to ensure that suppliers are legally obligated to comply with Yodel’s anti-slavery and human trafficking requirements; and
- Ensuring that whistleblowing policies cover modern slavery reporting.
Risk and compliance
Yodel Delivery Network Ltd regularly evaluates the risk of modern slavery occurring in its supply chain through targeted risk management activities and standard procedures.
Where we identify a potential risk, it is investigated, remediated and mitigated through activities including due diligence and improved procurement practices.
We aim to ensure that all our suppliers adhere to our Anti-Slavery Policy. We enforce a strict code of compliance and do not tolerate slavery and human trafficking within our supply chains. For example, if we find relevant evidence of a failure to comply with our policy we will immediately seek to terminate our relationship with the relevant supplier.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business we will provide awareness training to relevant members of the people and procurement departments and senior operational managers.
Further actions and sign off
Following our review of actions this year to prevent slavery and human trafficking from occurring in our business and supply chains, we intend to continue to review and take further necessary steps to tackle slavery and human trafficking.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Yodel Delivery Network Limited slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30 June 2016.
Chairman, Yodel Delivery Network Ltd
30 January 2017