This statement sets out Johnsons 1871’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024. As part of the Removals and installations sector, we recognise that we have a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking. Our organisation is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

Organisational Structure and Supply Chains

This statement covers the activities of Johnsons1871:

  • The Johnsons 1871 group delivers Commercial removals, Domestic removals, Laboratory logistics, Office installations including furniture installations and corporate cleaning

Countries of operation and supply  We currently provide the above services in the following countries/Regions:

  • UK and Ireland
  • EU

The following is the process by which the company assesses whether or not particular activities or countries are high risk in relation to slavery or human trafficking:

  • All employees are background checked and references taken at the start of employment. Checks are made for right to work, proof of address is taken.

High-risk activities The following activities are considered by the organisation to be at higher risk of slavery or human trafficking:

  • If we use agency or subcontractor


Responsibility for our anti-slavery initiatives is as follows:

Policies: Our policy is completed by Human Resources with the Director Quality and Health and Safety. All policies are subject to 6 monthly audit to test they are still fit for purpose. Included in these policies aside from the anti -slavery policy are; our whistleblowing policy and our mental health policies. Line managers are trained in basic mental health awareness that includes looking for changes in behaviour or signs of stress and anxiety.

Risk Assessments: We check all new employee backgrounds and residency visas, we have trained and recruited mental health nurses in all our offices and promoted this to our staff. Part of the training is to look for signs of coercion or entrapment. Our Director of QHSE completes a risk assessment process that is applicable to all situations.

Investigations/due Diligence: The HR Manager and Director QHSE are responsible for the lead all investigation of this nature assisted by the investigating officer usually the line manager. It is up to the HR Manager and Director of QHSE to investigate thoroughly and check on evidence both factual and anecdotal before deciding a course of action including notifying the relevant authorities should slavery and or trafficking be suspected. This includes reported issues with the supply chain.

Training: There has been extensive mental health training that includes understanding some of the signs displayed by people possibly subject to slavery or coercion. The initial training was done externally resulting in Mental Health nurses being installed strategically across the company covering all depots and sites. Our mental health nurses are across the business and they are able to monitor people working for our suppliers and sub-contractors. Our suppliers as part of due diligence are required to sign up to our antislavery standards and comply with this. Within this document is a guide as to what to look out for and how to comply. We are aiming to provide an online presentation video with this to explain our standards and the importance of our policy.

Relevant Policies

We operate the following policies that describe our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations:

Whistleblowing Policy: We encourage 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. Employees, customers or others who have concerns can contact use our confidential helpline/complete our confidential disclosure form.

Employee Code of Conduct: Our code makes clear to employees the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing our organisation. We strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating abroad and managing its supply chain.

Supplier Code of Conduct: 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. We work with suppliers to ensure that they meet the standards of the code and improve their worker’s working conditions, where necessary. However, serious violations of our supplier code of conduct will lead to the termination of the business relationship. All suppliers are required to sign up, and adhere to, our Modern Slavery Code of Conduct.

Recruitment/Agency Workers Policy: We use only specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour and always verifies the practices of any new agency it is using before accepting workers from that agency. We ask that agency supply their policies on anti-slavery and that the guarantee that they have completed the same pre-employment checks we would do.

Due Diligence

We undertake due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly review our existing suppliers. Our due diligence and reviews include:

  • Mapping the supply chain broadly to assess particular product or geographical risks of modern slavery and human trafficking;
  • Evaluating the modern slavery and human trafficking risks of each new supplier;
  • Reviewing, on a regular basis, all aspects of the supply chain based on the supply chain mapping;
  • Conducting supplier audits or assessments through the organisation’s own staff auditor, which have a greater degree of focus on slavery and human trafficking where general risks are identified;
  • Taking steps to improve substandard suppliers’ practices, including providing advice to suppliers and requesting them to sign up to our expectations.
  • Where suppliers can be checked; checking their labour standards, compliance in general, and modern slavery and human trafficking in particular; and
  • Invoking sanctions against suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line asking them to provide an action plan or we will consider them as seriously violating our supplier code of conduct, that could result in the termination of the business relationship.

Performance Indicators

We have reviewed our key performance indicators (KPIs). As a result, we are committed to the following KPIs listed below:

  • We require all employees to complete the online training issued to them within 12 weeks of issue date.
  • Reviewing our existing supply chain by our Supply Chain
  • It is our aim before the end of its first year in circulation to have the statement verified and added to the Government’s statement registry.


We require all line managers within our organisation to complete training on modern slavery. We require all employees to complete the online training issued to them within 12 weeks of issue date. Our modern slavery training covers:

  • Our business’s purchasing practices, which influence supply chain conditions, and which should therefore be designed to prevent purchases at unrealistically low prices, the use of labour engaged on unrealistically low wages or wages below a country’s national minimum wage, or the provision of products by an unrealistic deadline.
  • How to assess the risk of slavery and human trafficking in relation to various aspects of the business, including resources and support available;
  • How to identify the signs of slavery and human trafficking;
  • What initial steps should be taken if slavery or human trafficking is suspected;
  • How to escalate potential slavery or human trafficking issues to the relevant parties within our organisation;
  • What external help is available, for example through the Modern Slavery Helpline, Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority and “Stronger together” initiative;
  • What messages, business incentives or guidance can be given to suppliers and other business partners and contractors to implement anti-slavery policies; and
  • What steps our organisation should take if suppliers or contractors do not implement anti- slavery policies in high-risk scenarios, including their removal from our supply chains.

Awareness-Raising Programme

As well as training staff, we will raise awareness of modern slavery issues by putting up posters across our premises and using social media. The posters will explain to staff:

  • The basic principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015;
  • How employers can identify and prevent slavery and human trafficking;
  • What employees can do to flag up potential slavery or human trafficking issues to the relevant parties within our organisation; and
  • What external help is available, for example through the Modern Slavery