1. Policy statement
1.1 Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, child labour, 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 are committed to addressing the issue of modern slavery, 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.
1.2 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 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.
2. About this policy
2.1 The purpose of this policy is to:
2.1.1 set out our responsibilities, and of those working for and on our behalf, in observing and upholding our position on modern slavery and human trafficking; and
2.1.2 provide information to those working for and on our behalf on how to identify and report concerns regarding modern slavery and human trafficking.
2.2 This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third party representatives and business partners.
2.3 We also expect our suppliers to act in a way consistent with our values as set out in this policy.
2.4 This policy does not form part of any employee’s contract of employment and we may amend it at any time.
3. Responsibility for the policy
3.1 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.
3.2 The board of directors have 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.
3.3 Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with this policy and are given adequate and regular training on it and the issue of modern slavery in supply chains.
3.4 You are invited to comment on this policy and suggest ways in which it might be improved. Comments, suggestions and queries are encouraged and should be addressed to the board of directors.
4. Your responsibilities and how to raise a concern
4.1 All individuals and entities affected by this policy must ensure that they read, understand and comply with this policy.
4.2 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.
4.3 You must notify your manager as soon as possible if you believe or suspect that a breach of this policy has occurred, or may occur in the future.
4.4 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.
4.5 If you believe or suspect that a breach of this policy has occurred or that it may occur you must notify your manager as soon as possible. You may also, or alternatively, refer the matter in accordance with our Whistleblowing Policy in appropriate circumstances.
4.6 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 your manager.
4.7 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 the compliance manager immediately. If the matter is not remedied, and you are an employee, you should raise it formally using our Grievance Procedure.
5. Training and communication
5.1 This policy, and training on the risks our business faces from modern slavery in its supply chains, forms part of the training process for all individuals who work for us.
5.2 Our commitment to addressing the issue of modern slavery in our business and supply chains is communicated to all suppliers, contractors and business partners.
6. Breaches of this policy
6.1 Any employee who breaches this policy will face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct.
6.2 We may terminate our relationship with other individuals and organisations working on our behalf if they breach this policy.