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2M Holdings Ltd: Modern Slavery Policy Statement – October 2016

Modern slavery is a crime resulting in an abhorrent abuse of the human rights of vulnerable workers. It can take various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking.

The 2M Group has a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and is committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all of its business dealings and relationships. 2M Group companies are implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking are not taking place anywhere within either its own business or in any of its supply chains, consistent with its obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

2M expects the same high standards from all of its staff, suppliers, contractors and other business partners and expects that their suppliers will in turn apply the same standards along their supply chains.

Action Taken/To be Taken

As a group purchasing speciality chemical products from a number of countries around the world, transparency from the manufacturers of these products and subsequent supply chains is vital in our fight against Modern Slavery. It is within these supply chains that there may be a risk of slavery and human trafficking.

2M accepts that it has a responsibility through its own due diligence processes to ensure that employees are not being exploited, are not subjected to poor labour practices, that they are safe and that relevant employment, health and safety and human rights laws and standards are being adhered to, including freedom of movement and communications.

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk the 2M Group is currently undertaking a review of its procedures to ensure there is no slavery or trafficking in its supply chain and its own business and will ensure that it has in place, employment contracts which make specific reference to the prohibition of Modern Slavery , appropriate and relevant company policies including a Health and Safety and Social Accountability Policy and guidelines to demonstrate its commitment to safe, lawful and ethical standards with its own employees.

2M will ensure that questionnaires are sent to supply chains to ascertain what ethical trading practices are in place. This is to be further developed to include a statement specifically requesting a commitment to anti-slavery and human trafficking.

Where a 2M Group company uses a 3rd party employment agency for overseas employees, they shall ensure employment is not subject to modern slavery and all health and safety and human rights laws and standards are being adhered to.

As we are committed to ensuring the group’s compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 the effect of our procedures will be monitored by way of audit where it is warranted.

Responsibility for the Policy

The 2M Group Compliance Director, David Dalton, will have overall responsibility for ensuring that this policy complies with the Group’s legal and ethical obligations.

Purchasing Departments are responsible for monitoring supply chain compliance with ethical, anti-slavery and human trafficking policies. The Purchasing Director and company senior management are responsible for investigating allegations of modern slavery within the Company’s supply chain.

Training and communication

As part of 2M’s commitment to ensure compliance with their obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 the 2M Modern Slavery Policy will be circulated to all staff. Training will also be conducted so that staff are aware of how to identify exploitation and modern slavery and how to report suspected cases.

2M’s zero tolerance approach to modern slavery will also be communicated to all suppliers, contractors and other business partners when entering into new or renewed contracts with them.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the current financial year.

Mottie Kessler
Chairman/CEO

2M’s Subsidiary, Surfachem, win International Business of the year 2016

On the 29th of September 2M’s subsidiary, Surfachem were crowned ‘International Business of the year’ by the Yorkshire Asian Business Association’s (YABA). International Business of the year acknowledges the strategy behind expanding into new international markets, sales achieved, new product development, and an innovative approaches to international sales. The award was presented in recognition of Surfachem’s continued development with Asian based suppliers and customers, a goal that is mirrored throughout 2M Holdings.

“On behalf of the Surfachem team I was very proud and honoured to accept this award” said Dr Richard Smith, Managing Director of Surfachem.

The International Business Award was awarded to Surfachem on September 29th 2016

The International Business Award was awarded to Surfachem on September 29th 2016

About Surfachem

Surfachem, a 2M Holdings Ltd Company, are a chemical distributor working in partnership with market-leading manufacturers including Shell, Stepan, Evonik, Lubrizol, PQ Silicas, Gulbrandsen and Givaudan.

They offer an extensive portfolio of speciality chemicals over a broad range of market sectors that includes Personal Care, Home Care, Industrial & Institutional and Pharmaceuticals.

Surfachem have a growing international presence with customers in over 65 countries and teams in the UK, Brazil, Poland, Nordics and Benelux. Surfachem provide exceptional technical formulation & application knowledge and logistic expertise to deliver chemistry for a better life.

2M Supports STEM for young people’s employment, with EY

2M’s subsidiary, Surfachem, hosted six school students in our laboratory at the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre in Huddersfield. The students were all participants on the EY Foundation Smart Futures programme.

Smart Futures gives young people access to a great experience of work. It is a ten month programme offering paid work experience during Easter or summer, giving students a variety of transferable skills to give them a head start in their career, helping them get a job after school or go onto higher education or college.

As well as two weeks of training and one week work experience, students have the chance to visit different businesses to get real insight into different work environments and career opportunities.

Surfachem was delighted to be part of this great initiative, offering an open day to enable the Smart Futures students to learn more about the company and the industry as a whole, what careers are available, and fundamentally how chemicals play a part in our everyday lives. The day included presentations from key members of staff who discussed their route into the industry and their role within the business.

The students also took part in a practical activity which included making their very own shower gel as well as looking at the different textures of products that are tested in the lab, all in which they could take home at the end of the day.

The visit was a great success for all involved and an inspiring day for both students and employees!

Surfachem staff with students in Surfachem’s Innovation Centre after an employment talk

Surfachem staff with students in Surfachem’s Innovation Centre after an employment talk

Students from the EY Foundation formulating their own shower gel in the Surfachem Innovation Lab

Students from the EY Foundation formulating their own shower gel in the Surfachem Innovation Lab

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A message from Mottie Kessler, Chairman and CEO of 2M Holdings about the UK’s vote to leave the EU

24 June 2016, London

 

Dear Customers, Suppliers and Colleagues,

While the UK has chosen to leave the European Union, we at 2M Holdings, an international group headquartered in the UK, will continue with Business as Usual.

We are running a business which provides added value to our customers and suppliers. Our business is science based, successful, sustainable, ethical and provides equal opportunities to all.

We will continue to serve all our customers and suppliers in the same way and to collaborate with our partners across the world.

Our job is to supply the building blocks and expertise required to enable everyday life and the demand for our products remains universal.

We will continue to focus on growing our business in the UK and overseas.

 

With kind regards,

 

Mottie Kessler

Chairman and CEO of 2M Holding

2M’s subsidiary, Banner Chemicals, Finalist for International Trade Awards 2016

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2M Holdings are delighted to announce that its subsidiary, Banner Chemicals is a Finalist for the International Trade Award at the Chemicals Northwest Awards 2016.

The International Trade Award recognises Export achievements in the Chemical Industry and is sponsored by the UKTI.

Dr Maggie Kessler, Export Director at 2M said:

‘This award nomination comes at a very special time for the export team: As the world’s sole owner of Triklone and Perklone, which have been exceptionally successful export products, we are excited to launch our newest addition of Methylene Chloride Prime to our international customers; Compliant with Pharmaceutical Food and Feed requirements’

Since its founding in 2004, 2M has grown its export reach from selling largely within the UK to exporting to over 80 countries. Headquartered in the UK, 2M has locations in China, Benelux, Ireland, Poland, Scandinavia, and Brazil.

Banner Chemicals also won the Chemicals Northwest Health, Safety and Environment Award in 2015 for their special initiative in ensuring safer packaging practices along the supply chain, in accordance with the ADR regulations for appropriate ullage space, preventing leakage during transit or storage.

Mottie Kessler, the Chairman and CEO of 2M Holdings, was named the Global Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors (IoD) NW UK 2015, in recognition of 2M’s export achievements.

Mottie Kessler In the IoD Director Magazine

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Following his Director of the Year Award in 2015, 2M’s chairman and CEO was profiled in the IoD’s Director Magazine in January 2016.

Today we meet Mottie Kessler, chairman, founder and CEO, of 2M Holdings, who won the Mid-Market Director award…

Mottie Kessler, chairman, founder and CEO, 2M Holdings

Providing chemical distribution and related chemical services, 2M Holdings prides itself on supporting sustainable growth for other companies. Ten years ago, it faced closure; since then it has tripled sales and acquired a raft of other businesses. So what informs Mottie Kessler’s highly successful approach?

What inspires you as a businessman? Stories of leadership and determination were plentiful when I was growing up – Mandela, JFK, Martin Luther King.

What’s been the most pivotal moment in your business journey? Buying my first company, Banner Chemicals, a business of 150 years’ history and then being told I had to close or relocate it, seven months after the purchase, to make way for the London Olympics. Rather than take the ‘quick cash’ out, I decided to relocate to the north of England.

Best business advice? My parents told me that educating yourself, and persistence, can lead you anywhere you want.

What’s the secret of your success? Continuous learning of the business environment, sharing knowledge with the team, persistence and delegating. And having a great partner – my wife – for both life and business.

Who is your most inspirational business person? Warren Buffet – he just keeps on growing his businesses and the sky is the limit for him.

How and where do you network? In both local and global business circles. For example, I’m a member of the IoD and YPO-WPO, a global organisation [of business leaders]. ‘Glocalization’ is an increasing reality, so sharing ideas with people locally and from all over the world is natural and crucial.

What should government do for business in 2016? Reduce red tape and support science-based businesses.

What’s the best business book you have read? Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

2M Holdings vital stats

Business – 2M Holdings is a provider of chemical distribution and related services for purposes including emissions reduction and water purification.

HQ – Runcorn, Cheshire Staff 230.

Growth – The company has made 10 acquisitions in 10 years.

History – Founded by Kessler in 2004, 2M Holdings’ long-term aim is to grow an international chemicals distribution and services portfolio. Its HQ is in the UK and it has a presence in China, Benelux, Ireland, Poland, Scandinavia and Brazil.

Financial highlights – Turnover has risen 300 per cent in the past decade to around £110m.

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Mottie Kessler is a fellow of the IoD and member of IoD Central London

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What the sponsor said…

The UK mid-market is the powerhouse of the UK economy, providing over one-third of GDP, revenues and employment despite making up less than two per cent of all businesses*. Their contribution is crucial to the ongoing growth of the UK economy. The GE Capital Mid-Market Director of the Year award recognises the leaders of this incredibly important business segment.

Here at GE Capital, we were impressed by the passion, commitment and leadership shown by all of the entrants to this award. Equally notable was their commitment to staff, local communities and the towns and cities they operate in. Congratulations to our winner Mottie Kessler