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.
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 will not support or deal with any business we know to be involved in slavery or human trafficking. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors and suppliers, and as part of our contracting processes, we require adherence to this Policy.
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 and third-party representatives, including Lifeplus Associates and Business Builders.
This Policy does not form part of any employee's contract of employment and we may amend it at any time.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE POLICY
The Managing Director has overall responsibility for ensuring this Policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it. The implementation of the Policy is overseen by our HR and Procurement Managers.
COMPLIANCE WITH THE POLICY
You must ensure that you 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 should raise concerns with our HR or Procurement Managers about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any parts of our business or supply chains at the earliest possible stage.
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 HR Manager immediately.
COMMUNICATION AND AWARENESS OF THE POLICY
Communication of this Policy forms part of the induction for individuals who work for us.
Our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery must be communicated to all suppliers and contractors at the outset of our business relationship with them and reinforced as appropriate thereafter.
BREACHES OF THE POLICY
Any employee who breaches this Policy will face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct.
We may terminate our relationship with any other individuals and organisations, including Lifeplus Associates and Business Builders, working on our behalf if they breach this Policy.