St. Modwen and Wolseley UK join forces with Stronger Together as new Construction Sponsors

October 18, 2021 7:30 am, Published by , Leave your thoughts
Image of Stronger Together logo, with new Construction sponsors' logos: St. Modwen and Wolseley, with existing sponsors: Sky, Willmott Dixon, Saint Gobain, Multiplex and Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

On this year’s Anti-Slavery Day, we are delighted to welcome St. Modwen and Wolseley UK as Sponsors of our Construction Programme on this year’s Anti-Slavery Day. 

Construction is already identified as a high-risk sector by various bodies, including the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA). Yet, given the widely reported current challenges of labour supply, never has there been a more urgent need to increase capability and implement effective due diligence across the sector to protect workers from exploitation.

Developed in conjunction with the GLAA, our Construction Programme develops capability in the construction supply chain with sector-specific tools, training and resources. Our new sponsors join our existing sponsors (Multiplex, Saint Gobain, Sky, Willmott Dixon, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield) and our development partner, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), in publicly committing to tackle modern slavery in the construction sector.

Pamela Zielinski, Stronger Together’s Construction Programme Manager, stated: “We are delighted to welcome St. Modwen and Wolseley as Sponsors of our growing Construction Programme.  The Sponsors work together to decrease the risks of modern slavery in their business and in their supply chain through our sector-specific workshops and free resources. We are excited for the year ahead and to continue our collaborative work to tackle modern slavery in UK construction and deliver industry wide change.”

St. Modwen’s Chief Executive Officer, Sarwjit Sambhi, said: “We are proud to partner with Stronger Together to raise awareness of this issue and to tackle modern day slavery in the construction and property industries. It is important that all businesses engage with this issue and we are doing all we can to operate in an ethical manner.”

Meanwhile, Nick Rich, Head of Quality at Wolseley, stated: “We are proud and privileged to become a sponsor to Stronger Together. Wolseley is absolutely committed to eradicating all risks of modern slavery within our own operations and those of our business partners, and we place workers welfare, wellbeing, and rights at the very top of our priorities. Stronger Together’s resources, expertise, guidance, and support will help us to build on our existing Supplier Integrity Programme. The added benefit of being able to work with other sponsors, to share ideas and approach will be invaluable, and can only help us to achieve more.”

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