Anti-slavery and human trafficking statement
SsangYong Motor UK Limited (‘SYMUK’) is committed to preventing acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within its business and supply chain and places the same expectations on its suppliers.
Structure of the organisation
SYMUK is the distributor and franchisor for SsangYong vehicles and parts in the UK. SsangYong vehicles and parts are mostly sold in the UK through authorised SsangYong dealers appointed by SYMUK.
SYMUK is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bassadone Automotive UK Limited, registered in Gibraltar (‘BA’). BA has been granted the distribution rights for SsangYong products by the manufacturer, SsangYong Motor Company, Korea (‘SYMC’). BA has delegated the UK distribution rights to SYMUK. All vehicles and most vehicle parts are purchased by SYMUK from SYMC.
Policies, Contracts and Training
As part of SYMUK’s commitment to combating modern slavery, SYMUK:
- has implemented a whistleblowing policy to assist with the reporting of suspicions of slavery or human trafficking or other compliance concerns;
- is revising relevant contracts to mandate business partners to: (i) take steps to ensure their supply chain is free from human trafficking and slavery, and (ii) provide regular awareness training to their staff and contractors;
- is providing company-wide awareness guidance to help its staff and contractors identify and report any slavery or human trafficking concerns.
As part of SYMUK’s efforts to monitor and reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring within its supply chains, its purchase processes are being reviewed to assess the risk of slavery or human trafficking. In instances, where risks are considered high, additional due diligence will be undertaken. These additional measures may include supplier questionnaires and audits.
Risk and compliance
SYMUK has reviewed its risk of exposure to modern slavery occurring in its supply chain with the assistance of an external law firm. This review has concluded that it has a low risk because most of its purchases are from SYMC which, in turn, has implemented measures to identify and eliminate risks of slavery or human trafficking. Nevertheless, SYMUK will not accept complacency on this important topic.
Further actions and sign-off
SYMUK procedures are under regular review and the business intends to intensify its efforts to minimise all compliance risks in the forthcoming years.
This statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes SYMUK’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year commencing 1st January 2021 and ending 31st December 2021.
Kevin Griffin, Managing Director
SsangYong Motor UK Limited
Date: 23rd March 2021