Modern Slavery Statement 2021

Modern Slavery Statement 2021


As a family owned business, James Donaldson & Sons Limited has a strong tradition of doing
business in a responsible way, and we therefore acknowledge our responsibilities under the Modern
Slavery Act 2015. We demonstrate our commitment to tackle Modern Slavery through our core

We put customers, service and quality at the core of everything we do.
We conduct our business with absolute integrity.
We empower our people with opportunities in a safe workplace.
We deliver sustainable financial and environmental performance.
We embrace the future through our proud family legacy.
This is our fourth annual review of our supply chain under the Modern Slavery requirements.

Compliance, Due Diligence and Audit

In accordance with the Timber Trade Federations Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP) we have
taken steps to ensure that all timber and timber products supplied are in accordance with EU Timber
Regulations. PEFC and FSC standard certification schemes support international conventions to
eliminate all forms of forced or compulsory labour, the abolition of child labour and the elimination of
discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. We audit our product supply chain to ensure
they meet the requirements for the chain of custody management systems on an annual basis.
A Supplier/country risk assessment was carried out in February 2021.

Risk Assessment

We have reviewed the country of source for all suppliers from our 2020 statement and identified any
new suppliers, new products or new supply routes. The number of suppliers has increased by 115
year on year but this is mainly due to adding Rowan Manufacturing and Smith and Frater to the
group of companies.
We also updated all suppliers against the 2018 Global Slavery Index and Corruption Perceptions
Index 2020, which identifies the level of risk in each business. The risk level is set out as follows:


Suppliers sourcing material/stock from a high or medium risk country were issued with a
questionnaire to complete. Medium/High risk country suppliers have been asked to provide
supporting information confirming their compliance with anti-slavery and human trafficking legislation
• Warrants and Indemnities will be sought, where appropriate, to ensure that business is conducted
in a manner that is consistent with our Anti-slavery and Human Trafficking Policy
• All Group Policies and Training Packs have been modified to confirm compliance with the Modern
Slavery Act 2015 including Equal Opportunities, Training Policy, Recruitment Manual and Standard
Training Pack
• Company internal auditing processes have been updated to monitor compliance through the supply
chain at each site and throughout each company in conjunction with our RPP and chain of custody
• A Supplier/country risk assessment will be carried out in February each year.

Supplier Submissions

Following the risk assessments, 97 compliance questionnaires were received and supporting
information provided by suppliers. All returned compliance information is held within the Group IMS

Customer Requests

This document is available from all company websites and is also published on

Our Commitment

We will not support or deal with any business knowingly involved in slavery or human trafficking
and will carry out an annual risk assessment and audit within our supply chain. We will raise
awareness by training our employees within the James Donaldson and Sons Limited Group
companies to ensure that we comply with and promote this act in line with current legislation.
We will report annually on the steps we have put in place to combat modern slavery and human
trafficking through our company website.

Andrew Donaldson
CEO Date: 1st April 2021
James Donaldson & Sons Limited