RPS Group plc (‘RPS’) is a multi-disciplinary consulting organisation which through its operating subsidiaries provides services in relation to the planning and development of the built and natural environment and strategic infrastructure as well as energy, water and other natural resources. The Group has a number of UK trading subsidiaries but also owns companies trading in North America, Australasia and other parts of Europe.
RPS issued its first Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement in May of last year and this second statement covers the period to 1 May 2019. The activities undertaken by RPS have not changed materially in that time and correspondingly neither have the risks. A largely consulting business in which employees constitute by far the largest single cost does not require a large and complex supply chain to support its activities. It follows that the extent of risks to which RPS is exposed in this area continues to be relatively limited. Notwithstanding this RPS remains fully supportive of the objectives of the Human Slavery Act 2015 and to take its own obligations thereunder very seriously. Correspondingly the Group will not tolerate any activities within its own organisation or its supply chain which amount to either slavery or human trafficking. In support of this the Group has undertaken a further review of the supply chain of all of its UK operating companies. This has incorporated both further desktop review to assess and classify risk and, dependent on the outcome of that exercise, further direct correspondence with suppliers through which various information and assurances have been sought. This is in addition to normal commercial and operational due diligence that would be undertaken when a new supplier is appointed.
RPS maintains an internal facing policy in relation to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. This is reflective of the above position and reminds employees of the Group’s important obligations in this area and the role that they can play in this. This incorporates a clear process through which any concerns in this area can be reported.
RPS will remain vigilant in this area and will undertake continuing due diligence and review of review of relevant policies and procedures.
1 May 2018