Modern Slavery Policy
At the Vale Resort, we recognise that we should endeavor to ensure that we have a positive impact on the working conditions of those working directly or indirectly for our business. We work to try to ensure that our suppliers share our vision of fair and safe working conditions.
The company's principal activities are in the leisure sector through the operation of a hotel, golf and spa resort. We are a part of the Leekes Leisure and Retail Group, and our ultimate parent company is J.H. Leeke and Sons Limited. J.H. Leeke and Sons Limited has its head office in Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Wales. The Group has over 1,100 employees all based in England and Wales.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide training to all members of staff and our anti-slavery policy is included in our employee handbook and is available to view in our company website. Checks are undertaken by our Human Resources department to ensure all payments made by us are paid directly into employee bank accounts and not third-party accounts.
Due Diligence Processes for Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking
We are committed to ensure to the best of our abilities that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Anti-Slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships, highlighting potential risk areas and to implement and enforce effective systems and controls to try to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chain. All suppliers have to sign commit to a supplier code of conduct.
The Vale Resort Supplier Code of Conduct below covers our minimum requirements in these areas and all our suppliers, and their supply chains, are asked to confirm their adherence to the following standards:
• Child labour must not be used by a supplier. A child is defined as any person under the age at which the local minimum age law stipulates for work or mandatory schooling. As a general rule this would be anyone under fifteen years of age.
• Slavery, Forced, Bonded* or Involuntary Labour Bonded Labour, e.g. a person becomes a bonded labourer when their labour is demanded as a means of repayment for a loan. • There must not be any slavery, forced, bonded or involuntary labour in use across a supplier’s operation. To ensure compliance, workers should have the legal right to work at the premises, to leave the premises at the end of their working day and the freedom to terminate employment at any time in accordance with the agreed notice period.
• Human Trafficking, there must not be any worker who could be considered to have been subject to Human Trafficking. To ensure compliance, workers cannot be recruited through a person who arranges or facilitates the travel of another person. It is irrelevant whether that person has consented to travel.
• Health and Safety - workers must be prevented from exposure to any health and safety hazards that are likely to pose an immediate risk of causing death, permanent injury or illness.
• Working Hours A reliable system for recording working hours and wages for each individual employed must be in place within a supplier and these should be available for auditors.
The Vale Resort Supplier Code of Conduct covers our minimum requirements in these areas and all our suppliers, and their supply chain, are asked to confirm their adherence to our standards. This code of conduct is available to be viewed on our website.
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 March 2022. It was approved by the board on Monday 3rd April 2023.