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Alcohols Limited - Modern Slavery Statement


The W.H.Palmer Group means W.H.Palmer & Co. (Industries) Ltd and its subsidiary companies, Alcohols Ltd and Trithin Products Ltd, including business traded under the trade name of Langley Distillery.

The W.H.Palmer Group (“the Group”) is a distributor of solvents and chemicals, and a manufacturer of gin and potable spirits. As an employer, the Group takes its responsibilities in relation to the prevention of modern slavery and human trafficking very seriously. We believe that people should be treated with dignity and respect, not only in the workplace, but in the communities where we do business. The Group is committed to the protection of human rights.

The Organisation

Within the W.H.Palmer Group (“the Group”), Alcohols Ltd is the only company with a turnover in excess of £36m and is the largest trading company of the Group. The Group operates from 3 sites, all based in the UK. It has no operations overseas.

Alcohols Ltd is a supplier of a wide range of solvents, chemicals and solvent blends to customers in various sectors within the UK and worldwide. It also manufactures and supplies gin and potable spirits to customers in the UK and Europe. Much of its supplies and raw materials are sourced from UK-based suppliers. Some chemicals, and in particular alcohol, are sometimes supplied by partners based in western Europe. Occasionally, raw materials are purchased from suppliers based outside Europe. These suppliers would naturally present a higher risk with regards to Modern Slavery compliance, as all businesses within the UK and EU are governed by similar Modern Slavery legislation.

Alcohols Ltd’s 100% owned subsidiary, Trithin Products Ltd, distributes specialised chemical and industrial products around the world. Most of its usual suppliers are based in the United Kingdom and European Community. However, from time to time, the Group will source material from elsewhere in the world, while following our Modern Slavey and Human Trafficking Policy.

The Policy

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. Slavery can take various forms, including servitude, forced and compulsory labour, child labour and human trafficking. It can also involve withholding of passports or restricting workers’ movements to controlled locations. Workers should always have the right to terminate their employment of their own free will, without punitive consequences.

The Group has a Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy which can be found by clicking on the link below:

The policy outlines 10 key principles, to which the Group is committed, in order to eliminate modern slavery from our business. These principles are derived from the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”). Any business complying with these principles will be compliant with UK and EU Modern Slavery legislation.

In addition, the policy explains that all the Group’s employees are recruited in and based in the UK. The Group complies with all UK employment legislation, including laws relating to minimum pay and discrimination. Recruitment procedures and employment policies are overseen by the Board of Alcohols Ltd. In its recruitment and employment of employees, the Group complies completely with the Act.

Supply Chains

In undertaking due diligence on suppliers, the Group takes a risk-based approach to its assessment of our suppliers’ compliance with our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy. We use supplier self-certification to confirm compliance and carry out periodic supplier visits, where possible. Most suppliers are based in Europe or the UK and all key suppliers obliged to be listed on the Group’s approved supplier list.

As part of obtaining approved status, suppliers are required to confirm their adherence to our 10 key modern slavery principles as part of our supplier due diligence process. Alternatively, we will review suppliers’ published Modern Slavery statements, to ensure they comply with the Act. Where there is evidence of modern slavery within its supply chain, we explain to the supplier in question why modern slavery and human trafficking must be eliminated and will work with them to ensure that this is done. If elimination of such practices cannot be carried out to the satisfaction of the Board, the Group will cease trading with the supplier in question.

To date, we have come across no examples of breaches of our modern slavery principles.

Communication and Reporting Issues

Staff were made aware of the Group’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy when it was first developed. Management, in particular, were trained on the key foundation principles of the policy. We now plan to roll out refresher training to staff within the next 12 months, covering our key principles, the Group’s working practices, how to identify the signs of slavery and trafficking and how to influence suppliers to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is eliminated from businesses further down the supply chain.

Our employees are encouraged to report to their line manager or any director any suspicions that modern slavery or human trafficking is taking place in the business or our supply chain. The company commits to ensuring that any employee reporting such suspicions in good faith will not suffer any detrimental treatment.

This statement was signed on behalf of the Board of Directors of Alcohols Ltd on 13th May 2021

Adam J Wallis
Director                                       13th May 2021

Download this Policy (pdf)