About this policy
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. 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 and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in Our own business or in any of Our supply chains.
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 any obligations We may have 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 processes, We include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children and We expect that Our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
This policy applies to all persons working for us or on Our behalf in any capacity including seconded workers, external consultants, third party representatives, and business partners.
Responsibility For The Policy
Our Compliance Manager has primary and day-to-day responsibility for implementing this policy, monitoring its use and effectiveness, dealing with any queries about it and auditing internal control systems and procedures to ensure they are effective in countering modern slavery.
Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with this policy.
Who Must Comply with this Policy
All persons working for us or on Our behalf in any capacity including seconded workers, external consultants, third party representatives, and business partners must ensure that they read, understand and comply with this policy.
The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any part of Our business or supply chains is the responsibility of all those working for us or under Our control. You are required to avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this policy.
You must notify Compliance Manager 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 encouraged to raise concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any parts of Our business or supply chains of any supplier tier at the earliest possible stage.
If you believe or suspect a breach of this policy has occurred or that it may occur, you must report it to the Company via your point of contact.
If you are unsure about whether a particular act, the treatment of workers more generally, or their working conditions within any tier of Our supply chains constitutes any of the various forms of modern slavery, raise it with Our Compliance Manager.
We aim to encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken. We are committed to ensuring no one suffers any detrimental treatment as a result of reporting in good faith their suspicion that modern slavery of whatever form is or may be taking place in any part of Our own business or in any of Our supply chains. Detrimental treatment includes dismissal, disciplinary action, threats or other unfavourable treatment connected with raising a concern. If you believe that you have suffered any such treatment, you should inform Our Compliance Manager immediately.
Communication And Awareness Of This Policy
Training on this policy and on the risk Our business faces from modern slavery in its supply chains, is available for all individuals who work for us.
Breaches Of This Policy
Any employee or person who works on our behalf who breaches this policy will face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct, or contract termination.
We may terminate Our relationship with other individuals and organisations working on Our behalf if they breach this policy.