Modern Slavery Policy
This policy is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that the
Company has taken and is 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. The Company has 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 an international business, with a large number of suppliers. We take time to monitor the businesses that we transact with, the suppliers that we use, and the agencies that we engage, to ensure that we take steps to mitigate the risk in these areas.Our policies
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
- Anti-slavery policy. This policy sets out the organisation’s stance on modern slavery and explains how employees can identify any instances of this and where they can go for help.
- Recruitment principles. We operate a robust recruitment procedure, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
- Whistleblowing policy. We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
- 4.The Handbook. This Handbook explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.
The Company operates a supplier policy and maintains a preferred supplier list. We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier.
Our anti-slavery policy forms part of our dealings with all suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.
In addition to the above, as part of our dealings with suppliers, we require that they confirm to us that:
- They have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their business
- (For UK based suppliers) They pay their employees at least the national minimum wage/national living wage (as appropriate)
- (For international suppliers) They pay their employees any prevailing minimum wage applicable within their country of operations
- We may terminate the dealings at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light
We regularly conduct training for our procurement/buying teams so that they understand the signs of modern slavery and what to do if they suspect that it is taking place within our supply chain.Our performance indicators We will know the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain if:
- No reports are received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors on 18th May 2022.
BALBIR SINGH PANESAR