We assessed the risk of modern slavery at the retail stations we own and operate in the UK. The review included 19 contractor companies who provide construction, maintenance and facilities management services
We used screening questionnaires to assess risks, such as the skill level of workers, their nationality, the use of recruitment agencies and oversight of subcontractors’ recruitment processes.
The risk of modern slavery at these stations appears to be low. Most of the contractors recruited and employed workers directly, rather than through recruitment firms or labour agencies. However, one company indicated that they had some gaps in information on workforce nationality data. We continue to work with them to better understand their methods of working with sub-contractors and their plans to strengthen them.
We need to understand more about the risks of modern slavery in our businesses and supply chains. That’s why we are working to identify the potential risk areas and learn from what we find.Tufan Erginbilgic, chief executive, Downstream