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, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
Our company is committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking.
Our policies on slavery and human trafficking
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
In light of the obligation to report on measures to ensure that all parts of our business and supply chain are slavery free we have put in place a designated Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy.
Our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy demonstrate our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.
Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we have in place:
Human Resource procedures
A comprehensive range of policies and practices have been applied including an Equality and Diversity Statement, Dignity at Work and Study, formal grievance and disciplinary policies to protect and ensure that staff rights and responsibilities are upheld.
Our company commit to pay employees an hourly rate that is above the standard minimum wage and/or London Living Wage.
We commit to working with our supply partners to ensure:
- We minimise the potential risk of slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains.
- Incorporate within the tender process to address slavery and human trafficking with potential new suppliers.
Supplier adherence to our values
We have a zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain (including contractors) comply with our values we have in place a supply chain compliance action list:
- Engage with supplier base to secure a commitment to work with us to identify and monitor slavery and human trafficking down the supply chain.
- Register all supplier responses on an annual basis.
- Engage with potential new suppliers about commitment to our Modern Slavery Policy.
Our effectiveness in combating slavery and human trafficking
We have built upon existing monitoring already in place and developed further processes to allow for more effective reporting in the longer term.
The businesses policies and reporting mechanisms are regularly reviewed to identify areas for further review and issues to be addressed.
The results are compared against past surveys and sector benchmarks. Action plans are developed to tackle issues that are identified.