Modern Day Slavery Statement


Modern Day Slavery Statement

Sydenhams is an independent company with a long tradition of supplying timber and building materials, flooring, kitchen & bathrooms throughout Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Oxfordshire, Avon and the Isle of Wight. Sydenhams are also part of, and play a prominent role within the Fortis Merchant Buying Group which has over 40 member companies across the UK with combined turnover exceeding £1.5 billion p/a. Sydenhams is a subsidiary company of Sherborne Holdings. There are several subsidiary companies of Sydenhams, including Guernsey Building Supplies Ltd, Sydenhams Hire Centres Ltd and Sydenhams Timber Engineering Ltd. All our Modern Day Slavery practices apply to all the above listed companies.

Both Sydenhams and Fortis undertake a supplier approval process to ensure that all suppliers of goods and services adhere to this legislation. We will not deal with suppliers where we have concerns over any of the issues raised by the Modern Day Slavery Act.

We understand that the issue of slavery and human trafficking is a global issue and we take a zero-tolerance approach that we will not accept slavery or human trafficking in any area of our supply chain or wider business dealings.

Modern Day Slavery Policy


This policy has been published in accordance with the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out the steps taken by Sydenhams to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in its businesses and supply chains.

Child labour MUST NOT BE used by a supplier.

A child is defined as any person under the age at which the local minimum age law stipulates for work or mandatory schooling. As a general rule this would be anyone under fifteen years of age.

With people at the centre of its core values, Sydenhams looks to ensure that the business and its responsibilities to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 are transparent within the organisation and with the suppliers of goods and services to our organisation.

Sydenhams ensure that our policies respect human rights and recognise the rights of employees to have a dignified workplace, to recognise forced labour and apply due diligence to asses risk, identify, report and address any Issues.

The Company’s Board of Directors are responsible for the implementation and adherence of this policy. They also ensure that adequate resources and training will be available to ensure that human trafficking and slavery is not taking place within our Company or within our supply chain.

As ongoing improvement, Sydenhams will continue to identify ways to enhance employee and supplier awareness and commitment to respecting human rights and the prevention of modern slavery and human trafficking. We will also commit to keeping abreast of information, future legislation and best practise on the risks of slavery and human trafficking, ensuring practises within the business continue to meet the required standards as set out by this legislation and the Company’s commitment.

For suppliers to our Company, we undertake a supplier approval process to ensure that all suppliers of goods and services adhere to this legislation.

We will proactively manage our contracts and relationships with suppliers to ensure that Sydenhams does not receive products/services that use slavery, human trafficking or other oppressive labour conditions in the supply to our Company. Sydenhams alongside with our suppliers will review, manage and work to reduce any risks on an ongoing basis.

We make sure that there is transparency within our supply chain and are always alert to any potential risks. If risk is identified, measures will be implemented, monitored and any relevant actions will be taken where necessary.