Saywell International Limited’s Modern Slavery Statement


This statement is made pursuant to section 54, part 5 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  It constitutes the human trafficking statement for Saywell International Limited and its subsidiary in respect of the financial year ending 31 August 2021 and outlines the steps we have taken to ensure there is no place for modern slavery within our business operation and supply chain.

Saywell International Limited is committed to implementing best practice to combat all forms of human trafficking, forced labour and unlawful child labour (collectively ‘human trafficking and slavery’) throughout our supply chain.  We believe we all have a responsibility for promoting ethical and lawful employment practices throughout our industry.

Our group structure and business

This statement covers the business activities of Saywell International Limited and its wholly owned subsidiary Saywell International Inc and, for the purposes of this statement, any reference to Saywell International includes both these companies.

Since Saywell International was first founded in 1946, our product range has expanded to be one of the most diverse available. We are now one of the largest independent aviation parts distributors in the world covering every aerospace market sector. Saywell International ensures our offices follow the national and international laws particular to that country and we seek legal and professional counsel locally to ensure compliance.

Our supply chains

Saywell International acknowledges its responsibility to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and we aim to ensure transparency within our organisation and those of our suppliers.  Our employees adhere to high standards of behaviour and integrity in relation to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 as part of our concerted effort to prevent slavery and human trafficking. In turn, we require our suppliers and contractors to respect and follow this policy to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not present in any of our supply chains which include aircraft component manufacturers and suppliers; repair stations; freight and transport providers; suppliers of shipping and packaging material; office equipment and facilities management providers.  Saywell International only utilises suppliers that have been approved as part of our Quality Assurance process.

Our policies and risk assessment in relation to slavery and human trafficking

We recognise the importance of maintaining a constant vigilance in order to identify, prevent and address any issues associated with slavery and human trafficking within our operations.  All employees, customers and suppliers are encouraged to report any suspicions of slavery and human trafficking directly to Saywell International’s senior management without fear of reprisal.

We are committed to continually enhancing our practices to identify, prevent and mitigate any actual or potential risks by conducting due diligence on all new suppliers and at intervals on existing suppliers.   This supplier due diligence includes the following:

  • an assessment of the risks in the provision of particular services, the supplier’s health and safety standards, labour relations and employee contracts.  The risk profile of suppliers in individual countries is based on the services and products supplied, the presence of vulnerable demographic groups and an assessment of media insights gained from local labour and human rights groups and online resources including the Global Slavery Index;
  • positive confirmation that no form of forced, compulsory or slave labour is used and employees work voluntarily;
  • reassurance that the supplier’s own supply chains maintain and adhere to similar policies which aim to minimise the risk of modern slavery or human trafficking.

Training on modern slavery and trafficking

Saywell International’s Modern Slavery Policy is communicated to all employees in both written and regular one-to-one meetings with senior management.  All employees within the business know whom they should contact in the event they have any concerns.   Additional training for supply chain leaders is also provided who are encouraged to report any concerns or suspicions directly to senior management regarding the presence of modern slavery within our supply chain.

Going Forward

Saywell International continues to review its due diligence processes and engage regularly with the organisation’s stakeholders to tackle modern slavery.  This includes targeted training for employees and regular communication of changes in UK Government guidance and best practice initiatives.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and has been approved by the Board of the Company on 30 November 2021.

Peter Saywell
Managing Director