Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement

Modern slavery is a crime and a gross violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. 

We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains.

We are committed to actively reviewing, updating and improving existing practices and implementing new practices to combat slavery and human trafficking in order to achieve these aims. 


Organisation's Structure

The Areen Group of Companies is a global provider of Design and Procurement Services across a range of sectors including residential, hospitality, academic, healthcare, aviation and commercial. We are a part of a group of construction and trading companies owned by Roots Group UK, headquartered in UK. The Areen Group of Companies comprises Areen Design, Richmond International and Pascal+Watson, all of which are headquartered in the UK and operate out of the UK and UAE. The Areen Group employs approximately 250 staff. 


Our Business 

Our business is organised into design and procurement business units with Design and Procurement services provided by Areen Design and Richmond International and Design services provided by Pascal+Watson.


Our Supply Chains

Our supply chains include:

  • Various Domestic (UK) suppliers of utilities, goods and services provided in relation to the running of the business (electricity, gas, IT, stationery, cleaning, etc.);
  • Various Domestic (UK) and International (Global) suppliers of goods and services purchased in fulfilment of our project contract obligations (suppliers of design-support services as well as furniture, fabrics, lighting, etc.).


Our Policies on Slavery and Human Trafficking

We are committed to ensuring 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 and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place any where in out supply chains. 


Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we have started a process of - and putting systems in place to:

  • Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains.
  • Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains.
  • Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.
  • Protect whistle blowers. 

We are aiming to complete the initial exercise and risk assessment by 30 June 2019 and have a fully operational system in place by the end of the year.


Supplier adherence to our values and ethics

We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors comply with our values and ethics, we have in place a supply chain compliance programme. This consists of dissemination of information about our standards to potential suppliers that wish to do business with Areen, prequalification of suppliers we wish to use, random inspection and audit of qualified suppliers and application of sanctions through the supply chain where we find evidence of failure.

We have a compliance team which consists of representatives from Design, Procurement, Marketing and Human resources.



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 our staff. We also require our business partners to provide training to their staff and suppliers and providers.


Our effectiveness in combating slavery and human trafficking

We use the following key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure how effective we have been to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains: 

  • Initial risk assessment of all new suppliers based on sector and/or geographical region;
  • Formal prequalification of all new suppliers based in or risk-assessed to have supply chains in sectors and/or geographical regions of concern;
  • Once prequalified on the basis of information provided, audit 25% of successful suppliers;
  • All project-related supplier visits / inspections to include an on-site audit of suppliers’ processes and procedures, staff welfare facilities, etc.

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 31-12-2018. 


Trevor Cotterell, Managing Director

Areen Design Limited