Alliance acknowledges and recognises that its operations have an impact on the global and local environment, and is committed to continuous environmental improvement wherever possible.
We will comply with all national environmental legislation, and where practicable, try to improve upon statutory requirements.
As distributors, we strive to make sure that we purchase products that have been manufactured by companies that demonstrate environmentally sound methods and policies. We also store and distribute our products in the most efficient manner.
It is the policy of Alliance to:
- Make sure we carry out audits of all new suppliers to ensure that their products are produced in compliance with all environmental legislation.
- Purchase goods and procure services, which as far as possible reflect up-to-date specifications or standards for environmental sustainability.
- Promote a culture of environmental responsibility throughout the company through training and education.
- Recycle all office and warehouse waste where possible.
- Use EDI methods for invoicing and communication where possible to reduce paper consumption.
- Take all reasonable steps to reduce energy consumption within the company by having a fully insulated warehouse, switching off lights, and using energy efficient light fittings, where appropriate.
- Make every effort to reduce energy consumption in our distribution methods by purchasing vehicles with the most up-to-date energy management systems.
Equality & Diversity
Alliance is committed to creating a culture in which diversity and equality of opportunity are actively promoted and discrimination of any kind is simply not tolerated. We recognise the business benefits of having a diverse community of employees and we place great value on their contribution. To this end, we foster and maintain an environment that encourages diversity and we are committed to treating our staff with respect and consideration.
2. Policy Statement
Alliance believes in the principles of social justice, acknowledges that discrimination affects people in complex ways and is committed to challenge all forms of inequality. To this end, Alliance will aim to ensure that:
- individuals are treated fairly, with dignity and respect regardless of their age, marital status, disability, race, faith, gender, language, social / economical background or sexual orientation and any other inappropriate distinction;
- it affords all individuals, and employees the opportunity to fulfil their potential;
- it promotes an inclusive and supportive environment for employees, and visitors;
- it recognises the varied contributions to the achievement of the Company's mission made by individuals from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of experiences.
3. Scope of the Policy
This policy applies to all employees and visitors to Alliance, together with those contracted to work at or for the Company.
4. Aims of the Policy and underpinning principles
The aim of this policy is to ensure that in carrying out its activities, the Company will have due regard to:
- promoting equality of opportunity across all the activities of the business
- promoting good relations between people of a diverse background
- eliminating unlawful discrimination
This policy is guided by the following principles, that:
- all employees and visitors should enjoy a safe environment free from discrimination and harassment/bullying
- all employees and customers should have equal access to quality services that are made available by the company
- all employees should have equal access to opportunities for personal, or professional development and career progression and promotion opportunities
- all employees should be able to participate fully in the work and life of the Company and celebrate its diversity
- employees should reflect the diversity of talent, experience and skills from the local, national and international pool from which it draws its workforce
- all relevant stakeholders, including employees and customers, have the right to be consulted about Alliance policy, procedures and practices
5. Implementation of the Policy
The successful implementation of all strands of this policy relies on the mainstreaming of equality and diversity issues within the training process. This will be achieved through the implementation of Corporate Action Plans, which in turn, will be supported by Branch Action Plans a framework for which will be the subject of continual consultation.
The Directors are responsible for ensuring the business meets its legal obligations in respect of legislation relating to equal opportunities.
Managers are responsible for:
- fostering a culture in which compliance with this policy is regarded as integral to the work of the area and in which equality and diversity issues are actively promoted;
- producing and implementing area action plans;
- ensuring employees are encouraged, supported and enabled to reach their full potential
- identifying appropriate employees development for themselves and their employees to meet the needs of their respective areas
- recruitment - selection of talented individuals reflective of customers and society in which we live
7. Breach of the Policy
Alliance will take seriously any instances of non-adherence to the Equality and Diversity policy by employees or visitors. Any instances of non-adherence will be investigated and where appropriate will be considered under the relevant disciplinary procedure for employees. With regard to any breach of the policy by visitors, then Alliance will take appropriate action in relation to the nature of the incident.
8. Monitoring and Review
The Directors will seek to access the impact of the policy on employees and customers to ensure that real improvements are being made in tackling discrimination and promoting diversity. The policy will be reviewed every two years.
8. Relevant Legislation
Alliance will implement its Equality and Diversity Policy in accordance with current legislation and codes of practice including:
- EU Anti-Discrimination Directives (which currently include the Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003, Religion and Belief Regulation 2003 and Sexual Orientation Regulation 2003
- Sex discrimination (gender reassignment ) regulations 1999
- Race Relations Amendment Act 2000
- Human Rights Act 1998
- Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and Amendment Act 2005
- Race Relations Act 1976
- Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and 1986
- Equal Pay Act 1970 and Amendment 1983
- Civil Partnerships Act 2004
- Employment Equality (age Regulation 2006)
- Employment Equality (sex discrimination) Regulations 2005
- Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006
Modern Day Slavery Policy
1. Statement of Intent
Alliance (“the Company”) is vehemently opposed to the use of slavery in all forms; cruel, inhumane or degrading punishment; and any attempt to control or reduce freedom of thought, conscience and religion. The Company is committed to driving out acts of human trafficking and modern day slavery within its business and supply chains in accordance with the provisions set out in the Modern Day Slavery Act 2015. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring that no worker is being threatened or intimidated to work against their will, has to pay a third party in order to give them work, is having their bank account or identity documents controlled by another, or is being forced to live in the UK against their will.
2. Our Business Structure
The Company is made up of the following departments;
- Senior Management
- Customer Service
- Warehousing and Distribution
3. Areas of Risk
Alliance acknowledge the importance of being alert to all risks relating to modern day slavery within our business and supply chain and is actively engaged in contributing towards the eradication of such issues globally.
Alliance is aware that heightened risks of modern day slavery occur in all low paid work across the business. The Company’s particular areas of concern are warehousing and distribution. A full companywide assessment has been made in April 2016 which has confirmed that Alliance pays in excess of the minimum wage to all employees across all areas of the business.
Alliance acknowledges that the risk of modern day slavery is higher in certain parts of our supply chains. Product categories which include overseas sourcing such as bespoke products and guest toiletries are higher risk areas due to the increased prevalence of modern day slavery issues in South and South-East Asia, Africa and South America where traditionally operatives can be among the lowest paid globally. Alliance has trading partners in the Far East that assess all of our direct imports to ensure that ethical trading standards are maintained throughout. All other imports come from branded and well known UK suppliers. In all instances we strive to request and assess their policy and conduct with regards to modern day slavery concerns.
4. Steps Taken
We maintain transparency in our recruitment processes. Procedures are in place to ensure that we are able to confirm the identities of all staff members upon hiring, and communicate clearly policies and procedures regarding fair payment.
Alliance has an established Health and Safety Policy, updated annually, to support the maintenance of safe and fair working conditions for all employees.
Alliance seeks to work with suppliers who are committed to upholding the Ethical Trade Initiative’s Base Code of standards in all of their business operations. While we acknowledge that we inevitably have varying degrees of control over the operational policies of our suppliers, we commit to carrying out a full audit on all potential suppliers. This audit includes considering the Corporate Social Responsibility of a supplier’s practice paying particular attention to issues surrounding modern day slavery and human trafficking.
We keep a record of all suppliers who turnover in excess of £36 million and request ethical assurance policies annually in order to ensure complete compliance with the provisions set out in the Modern Day Slavery Act, 2015.
Alliance commits to developing our understanding of supply chain issues as they arise and consistently maintain transparency and the highest level of social responsibility in all of our business practices. The Company seeks to continually improve upon its existing policies and procedures in line with developments in our knowledge and understanding in order to work towards the eradication of modern day slavery and human trafficking globally.
5. Responsibility for implementation of this policy
Alliance has a zero tolerance policy for all issues regarding modern day slavery and human trafficking concerns and is committed to the confident management of all arising concerns in line with this policy.
All employees should raise concerns relating to issues of modern day slavery in accordance with the Company’s Whistleblowing Policy.
This policy will be reviewed annually or in line with developments in knowledge and changes in relevant legislation
This policy has been approved & authorised by:
Name: Paul Bonson