Modern Slavery Statement

Who we are and what we do

The Rivus story began in 2019, when private equity investors Aurelius acquired BT Fleet Solutions. Since then, we’ve worked relentlessly to provide unbeatable fleet management support to our customers.

Aurelius also acquired Pullman Fleet Solutions in November 2020. Before the integration with Rivus, Pullman was the largest independent provider of commercial HGV maintenance and fleet management in the UK. Combining the strength and expertise of Rivus and Pullman together makes us a driving force in the UK fleet management industry.

Our policy on Slavery and Human Trafficking

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.

Rivus operates under a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships, and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains.

Rivus endeavours to ensure that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our workplace policies and procedures demonstrate our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.

Our values are underpinned by a set of corporate policies supporting our commitment to high ethical standards and doing business with integrity, including this Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking statement reinforcing our commitment to ensuring there are no instances of forced labour, slavery or human trafficking in our business or supply chain and helping our people to identify these practices.

Our workforce

The majority of our employees are UK-based managerial or office-based staff, drivers, and warehouse operatives, all of whom are paid at least the National Living Wage, and we believe there is a low risk of human slavery or forced labour in our direct workforce.

Our Whistleblowing Policy encourages all our workers, customers, and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, our organisation. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. Our whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation.

Our People strategy assists to ensure that we treat all colleagues with respect and in a professional and compliant way. This strategy includes our EPIC values (Excellence, Professionalism, Innovative, Collaborative) and is underpinned by the Rivus Behavioural Framework; our Diversity and Inclusion Policy; and Employee Wellbeing programmes and support.

All new employees are carefully vetted including where appropriate DBS checks and right to work checks. All employees are paid through the company’s payroll system via bank transfers.

Procurement and Supply Chains

Our tier 1 suppliers are predominantly UK based and fall into the following main areas of supply:

  • IT equipment and services;
  • Garage supplies – including vehicle parts (including tyres), garage consumables, workwear, H&S equipment and so on;
  • External garage & repair services;
  • Breakdown recovery services;
  • Office equipment;
  • Vehicle providers / manufacturers / rental services;
  • Utilities
  • Cleaning services (vehicle and building)
  • Recruitment services and temporary staff.

We are committed to ensuring that our suppliers adhere to the highest standards of ethics. Suppliers are required to demonstrate that they provide safe working conditions where necessary, treat workers with dignity and respect, and act ethically and within the law in their use of labour. Serious violations of our supplier code will lead to the termination of the business.

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we have in place system to identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chain; to mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chain; and to monitor potential risk areas in our supply chain.

Our adherence to these policies is subject to regular reviews, helping us to continuously improve in this area.

Our actions in this area include:

  • Reviewed our standard contractual terms that require our suppliers to commit to contributing to the prevention of modern slavery and human trafficking.
  • We have continued our programme of reviews to assess compliance by third party agencies with their commitments to preventing modern slavery and human trafficking and with other legislative requirements including relevant health and safety legislation.
  • Enhanced our pre-contract checks to assess the anti-slavery policies and procedures that new suppliers have in. We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors comply with our values and ethics we have in place rigorous supply chain compliance program.

Planned developments

We will review and refresh our internal training and awareness materials in order to improve the knowledge and awareness of our staff to recognise warning signs of Modern Slavery and how to report any suspicions not only within our organisation but also in their dealings with any external party in our supply chain.

We will review our assessments regarding Modern Slavery risk throughout the business and make appropriate proposals to improve systems and processes where uncontrolled risks are highlighted.

 

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st December 2021. The statement was signed by David Myers – Chief Executive Officer on 30th June 2022

 

 

 

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