O’Neill and Brennan have achieved the Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard (BES 6002:2017).

At O’Neill and Brennan, we are thrilled to be officially verified under the Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard (ELS) (BES6002). Ethical labour sourcing is an important part of the O’Neill and Brennan culture. This ELS verification demonstrates to our employees and clients that we have met the requirements and have made measurable and ongoing commitment to managing ethical labour sourcing challenges within O’Neill and Brennan and supply chains.

BRE, an international, multi-disciplinary, building science organisation, developed the Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard BES 6002 in February 2017 in response to the 2015 Modern Slavery Act. The ELS standard aims to verify companies that are applying due diligence around human rights and ethical concerns when sourcing materials, products and services including labour, and which are actively identifying and working towards eradicating the exploitation of vulnerable workers.

The Global Slavery index 2016 revealed that modern slavery and enforced labour affects 45.8 million people worldwide.

The ELS standard assesses organisations on 12 areas, including management structure and system, learning and development, bribery and corruption, procurement and supply chain management. The ELS standard provides third-party assurance of business practices and provides a pathway to make continuous improvements.

At O’Neill and Brennan, we are committed to eliminate any possibility of trafficking or modern slavery in our supply chain.

Eugene Meehan, Managing Director, said: “Confirmation that we have met the BES6003 Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard is testament to the systems, procedures, and processes within O’Neill & Brennan. Through collaboration with our clients, being open through Modern Slavery Questionnaires and aiming to improve and educate internally, the BES6002 Standard is testament to the hard work of our staff Nationwide. We will strive to further improve over the next 12 months to further do our part in the eradication of Modern Slavery in Construction.”