Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

             

Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

In compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015

We are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking and this statement comprises the slavery and human trafficking statement of Peter Brett Associates LLP, part of Stantec group. It reflects our ongoing actions on this subject and supports our account for the financial year ending 31 December 2018 in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and would also be applicable to any other UK entity in our group that might fall within the scope of the act from time to time.

Our practice unites engineers, planners, environmental consultants and economists to bring major development and infrastructure projects to life.

The group has approximately 22,000 employees in 400 offices worldwide and engages in engineering, construction, financing and management of the world's largest and most significant development, infrastructure, water and natural resources projects.

Peter Brett Associates LLP is a subsidiary limited liability partnership registered in the United Kingdom. Its ultimate parent company is Stantec Inc., which is listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges.

Our supply chains include professional services firms acting as sub-consultants (in the delivery of professional services and works), as well as individual sub-consultants and suppliers of services, goods and equipment to our offices. We also work with partner companies from time to time.

We are committed to the aim of taking all reasonable steps to try and eradicate modern slavery or human trafficking from our supply chains or any part of our business. Our Code of Business Conduct reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls which try to eliminate slavery and human trafficking.

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risks, we have a due diligence process consisting of the following:

  • Code of Business Conduct which sets out the group's approach to conduct business ethically and within the applicable laws.

  • Specific Ethics & Compliance department which monitors our global compliance.

  • Standard sub-consultancy contracts containing provisions to ensure our supply chain complies with all modern slavery and human trafficking laws.

  • Sub-consultancy questionnaire and supply chain charter to include modern slavery compliance section.

  • Updates and link to awareness training available online to all staff to ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and business.

  • Integrity Hotline for our employees and sub-consultants acting on our behalf to report any suspected violation of our policy.

Following a review of the effectiveness of the steps we have taken this year to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains, we intend to combat slavery and human trafficking further by establishing a compliance team for the group, which consist of representatives from our procurement, commercial, human resource and legal department as well as the operations team. The team is to develop, on a continuous basis, a process to analyse existing structures and supply chains better and establish a framework to monitor internal compliance as well as our supply chain's compliance.

As such, the compliance team continues to:

  • Carry out audits of any high-risk elements of our supply chain and add compliance with the Modern Slavery Act as part of our subcontract qualification process.

  • Work with our agency staff providers to ensure at least minimum wages are paid to agency staff and no tie-ins or service charges exist.

  • Undertake occasional spot checks or on-site assessments.

Signed for an on behalf of the Designated Members of Peter Brett Associates LLP