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This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, contractors, external consultants, third party representatives and business partners.
Modern Slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. We have a zero-tolerance approach to Modern Slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships.
We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling Modern Slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, and as part of our contracting process, we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it. We have appointed appropriate representatives from the following departments to assume day-to-day responsibility for implementing this policy, monitoring its effectiveness, dealing with any queries about it, and auditing internal control systems and procedures to ensure they are effective in countering Modern Slavery:
Training on this policy and identifying risks within our business is provided to all our employees. We have also made this training available to all suppliers, contractors and business partners who are, or will be engaged with our business and actively encourage their participation.
The prevention, detection and reporting of Modern Slavery in any part of our business or supply chain is the responsibility of all those working for us or under our control. You must notify us as soon as possible if you believe or suspect that a conflict with this policy has occurred or may occur in the future. You are also encouraged to raise concerns about any issue or suspicion of Modern Slavery in any parts of our business or supply chain as soon as possible. You can do this by contacting either:
David Chinn-Shaw – Managing Director
Christina Commock – Sales Office Manager
Any employee who breaches this policy will face disciplinary action which could result in dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct. We will terminate our relationship with other individuals and organisations working on our behalf if they breach this Policy.
Whilst all employees are expected to comply with the policies in order to minimise the risk of claims against the company and individual employees, they are not contractually binding. The policies will be revised on a regular basis to ensure compliance with current legislation and best practice.