Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement
The Premier Travel Group recognises that modern slavery and human trafficking are significant global issues and we endeavour to be alert to the risks at all times, not just within our own company in the UK but also with all our service providers across the world. We are committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in all of our activities and to ensuring our suppliers reflect our values and respect for human rights. Premier fully supports all efforts to combat, prohibit and prevent slavery and human trafficking throughout the world.
The Premier Travel Group in an independent and privately owned company that was established in 1936 and is well known in the travel industry as a reliable and respected organisation. The company comprises of Premier Holidays and Premier Travel:
Premier Holidays is the tour operation side of the business offering a wide range of holiday destinations, which include the Channel Islands, Far East, India, Sri Lanka, Middle East, Southern Africa, Indian Ocean, USA, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. We offer many services including (but not limited to) flights, accommodation and all ground arrangements within these destinations and are careful in our selection of reputable suppliers for all holiday content.
Premier Travel is Eastern England’s leading independent travel agency with 21 branches across the East and South East of England who sell a multitude of tour operator holidays to all destinations worldwide from traditional UK holidays, bespoke tailor-made journeys around the world, cruises, city stays, beach holidays.
Premier’s Modern Slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and shows our respect for human rights and the integrity of individuals.
Premier complies with all relevant laws in the way it runs this business and if we become aware of any instances within our supply chain or providers of services which do not comply with these laws or our policies, we will engage with the relevant bodies to attempt to remedy the situation. In the event that we feel the appropriate action has not then been taken, we will reconsider our commercial relationship with that supplier and report any concerns to the relevant bodies within their country of operation.
Our process for managing risk
We are committed to working with reputable operators, ground handlers and hotels both in the UK and overseas and regularly review our supply chains. In addition to this, Premier assess the risk of modern slavery by using the following processes:
- Continually evaluating our existing supply chain
- Reviewing the potential for any risk at regular intervals
- Promoting the company whistle-blowing policy which encourages employees to report any malpractice or illegal acts using a prescribed reporting procedure
During the course of our business activities, our staff travel to many of our featured destinations to experience the services that we provide. All staff are regularly briefed to be vigilant during their travels and to bring to our attention any concerns that they may have in relation to modern slavery issues. Any concerns reported will subsequently be investigated further by the company.
To increase awareness and ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking, our Modern Slavery Policy is also included in our employee handbook which all new staff receive and existing staff have access to at all times.
After due consideration, we have not identified any significant risks of modern slavery, forced labour, or human trafficking in our supply chain at this time. We will however, continue to be alert to identify and mitigate risk areas for modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains and will continue to review, develop and promote our policies and practices in this important area.
This statement has been approved by the Board of Directors of both Premier Holidays and Premier Travel in March 2019 and will be annually reviewed.