The Company recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking. The Company is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, forced and compulsory labour, and human trafficking whereby individuals are deprived of their freedom and are exploited for commercial or personal gain as enacted in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (‘the Act’).
The Company is committed to a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and to acting with integrity in all its dealings, relationships, and supply chains. It expects the same high standards from all its staff, suppliers, contractors, and those with whom it does business. This policy applies to all employees, workers, consultants, and other persons doing business with the Company including all its companies, contractors, and suppliers.
Identifying the need
The Company acknowledges the risk that a supply chain may involve the use of a hidden or unknown subcontractor reliant on forced labour. Although the Company considers the risk of modern slavery to be low due to the nature of its supply chains, it takes its responsibilities to combat modern slavery seriously and therefore operates the following policies that demonstrates its approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking:
- The prevention, detection, and reporting of modern slavery in any part of its business or supply chains is the responsibility of all those working for the Company or under its control
- Recruitment policy – the Company uses only specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour and always verifies the practices of any new agency it is using before accepting workers from that agency
- The Company operates an equal opportunities policy which covers dignity at work and bullying and harassment procedures and is committed to upholding human rights. Details of these policies can be found within the staff handbook
- The Company will continue to develop its commitment to combat modern slavery and will provide staff training where appropriate
Any breaches of this policy may result in the disciplinary action being taken against the individual concerned and/or terminating its relationship with any Company or supplier