Our policy is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that we have taken and are continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. We have a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
We operate solely within the UK and, as a Professional Consultancy, have very limited exposure to external suppliers. However, where this is a potential issue, our procedures for selecting subâ€consultants, service providers and suppliers ensure alignment with our commitment to equality, diversity and human rights, including our commitment to ensuring that slavery and human trafficking does not take place within our business or supply chain.
1. Supporting policies
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
• This policy, which sets out our stance on modern slavery and explains how you can identify any instances of this and where you can go for help.
• A robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all our employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
• A whistleblowing culture so that you know that you can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
• An equal opportunities policy in all aspects of our corporate structure, recruitment, and employment roles.
• We have an externally audited Health & Safety Policy and have achieved a recognised CHAS accreditation to reflect our commitment to being a responsible employer.
Training is offered to our employees including, face to face delivery to online material to assist with your continuous responsibility for implementing and monitoring compliance to the prevention of slavery and human trafficking in our corporate activities.
We operate a supplier policy and maintain a preferred supplier list. We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. This due diligence includes an online search to ensure that particular organisation has never been convicted of offenses relating to modern slavery and, where necessary, on site audits which include a review of working conditions.
In the event that a contractor, consultant, agency or other member of our supply chain was suspected of engaging in or supporting slavery or human trafficking an investigation would be undertaken and, if necessary, our relationship with that supplier would terminate.
Steve Fletcher — Middlesbrough Council