Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

Introduction

The Johnston Carmichael Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 ‘Transparency in Supply Chains’ and is approved by the LLP members and signed by the Chief Executive.  The statement relates to the firm’s financial year ending 31 May 2016 and will be updated annually at each year end.

Organisation Structure

Johnston Carmichael LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership registered in Scotland (SO303232) providing accountancy and business advisory services to clients primarily based in Scotland but also elsewhere in the United Kingdom.  The firm has premises in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Elgin, Fraserburgh, Forfar, Glasgow, Huntly, Inverness, Inverurie, Perth and Stirling.

Supply Chains

We are committed to ensuring our supply chain is free from any form of slavery or human trafficking.  As we operate in the professional services industry, our supply chain involves the purchasing of goods and services that support the functioning of our offices and the services we provide to our clients, which includes referring accountancy work to other firms, several of whom are within the international accountancy network, PKF.  Consumables purchased include office supplies, marketing materials, IT equipment and estate services such as cleaning, waste management, office fixtures and fittings, security, uniforms and catering.

Johnston Carmichael believes in giving back to the communities in which we operate and also believes in supporting local businesses.  Many of our suppliers are local (Scottish) businesses who have their own due diligence in place to ensure they procure services and/or materials from socially responsible organisations. 

Due Diligence, Risk Evaluation and Management

Since writing this statement we have begun reviewing all our suppliers, requesting they verify the steps they take to ensure their own supply chain is free from slavery or human trafficking and in addition, have updated our tender process to include the same verification.  As we geographically operate within the UK, and our supply chain is predominantly UK based, our verification of supply chains focusses on fair treatment and pay of workers, verification of the right to work in the UK and sufficient whistleblowing procedures.  Likewise we have a robust Whistleblowing Policy in place, require proof of the right to work in the UK before employing any personnel, and remunerate at and above the living wage as standard practice.

A review and update of this statement will next be made on 31 May 2017.

Alexander P Manson
Chief Executive