We have asked Tom Harris, the ex-Transport Minister and Labour MP, to review our delivery against our People Value for the last three years. A summary from Tom is included to the right. It is a demonstration of our seriousness to our People Value and doing all we can to deliver on it for our staff, that we open ourselves up to independent critique in this manner. Tom’s three reports can also be found on our Group website.
We have led the industry in a number of aspects of our People Value. Our Master Driver Programme goes from strength to strength, recognising the driving achievements of our staff and serving as an excellent engagement programme. Master Driver provides a framework to measure the performance of drivers and recognise and reward those with impeccable safety and customer service records as well as excellent driving skills. Across the Group, we now have 728 Master Drivers and 903 Advanced Drivers. We have also recently created a similar programme for engineers and technicians and will be rolling this out in 2018.
Our commitment to the higher Living Wage Foundation Living Wage is long-standing and growing. Our UK coach business will shortly target accreditation by the Living Wage Foundation. The UK bus business continues to pay the higher Living Wage and receive the Living Wage Foundation accreditation. Our policy remains the same across the Group as a whole: where widely recognised and understood national Living Wages are not in place, we commit to pay at least 10% above the prevailing national minimum wage.
We have a number of policies in place to protect the rights of our employees. Our Workplace Rights Policy and Human Rights Policy have been in place for a number of years and are published on our website. We investigate and take appropriate action to deal with any alleged breaches of these policies. Wherever our employees choose to be represented by unions, we actively seek to maintain relationships based on mutual respect and transparency.
We recognise the importance of the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act, which came into effect in 2015. The Group has a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking and remains committed to strengthening its practices to uphold that approach. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity, and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls which ensure slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in our business or supply chains.
One example of this is our implementation of a new Modern Slavery Policy which is published on our Group website. Our first Modern Slavery Statement, which set out all steps taken by the Group to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our business or supply chains, is available on our website. We review the effectiveness of the steps we have taken each year and report on these in subsequent statements each year. Accordingly, we will be publishing a signed copy of the Group’s second Modern Slavery Statement on our website during the year.
It is our policy to conduct all of our business in an honest and ethical manner. As a Group we do not tolerate bribery and corruption and are committed to acting professionally, fairly and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships wherever we operate, and to implementing and enforcing effective systems to counter bribery and corruption. We have a Group anti-bribery policy which is available on our website and last year we implemented a refresh programme, which included an e-training module, to remind employees how to prevent, detect and report suspicions of bribery through our whistleblowing hotline. During the course of this year, we have also developed and implemented a revised gifts and hospitality policy to give further guidance to employees.
Employee, senior management and director numbers by gender at end of 2017