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Modern Slavery

Introduction

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA) consolidated existing offences into a single act and was designed to fight modern slavery, ensure perpetrators can receive suitably severe punishments for these appalling crimes and enhance support and protection for victims and received Royal Assent on the 26th March 2015.

Defining Terms

The following categories are identified within the MSA and all offences under this act fit into the respective category;

Domestic Servitude – Employees working in private homes are forced or coerced into serving and/or fraudulently convinced that they have no option to leave.

Sex Trafficking – Women, men or children that are forced into the commercial sex industry and held against their will by force, fraud or coercion.

Forced Labour – Human beings are forced to work under the threat of violence and for no pay. These slaves are treated as property and exploited to create a product for commercial sale.

Bonded Labour – Individuals that are compelled to work in order to repay a debt and unable to leave until the debt is repaid. It is the most common form of enslavement in the world.

Child Labour – Any enslavement – whether forced labour, domestic servitude, bonded labour or sex trafficking – of a child.

Forced Marriage – Women and children who are forced to marry another without their consent or against their will.

Assessment of Risk

The prevalence of modern slavery within the scope of the company’s operations and the associated supply chains are extremely low but this is not seen as a reason to be complacent in the company’s commitment to aid in the eradication of all forms of modern slavery.

The Global Slavery Index has been referenced regarding the company’s undertakings and all products utilised or supplied by the company, these products are primarily obtained from the European market which accounts for an estimated 2.7% of the global prevalence of modern slavery and of this percentage the majority of confirmed offences are under the consolidated heading of “Sex Trafficking” where 80% of the victims from the 2.7% of the global prevalence are female. Given these figures it is expected that the likelihood of modern slavery within the companies supply chain is extremely minimal.

The potential areas of risk for the company are offences under the MSA being committed as follows;

Mitigation of Modern Slavery
Although the expected risk level of modern slavery within the company supply chains is expected to be extremely minimal the company will as far as reasonably practicable check that suppliers; Concerns about a company can be raised either by talking to the Human Resources or Health & Safety Manager.
Recruitment
It is not only a responsibility to ensure that modern slavery does not exist in the supply chain but also to ensure that it is not occurring within the business through recruitment agencies or direct employees. This can be monitored by following the information below; Right to work:
Reporting Suspected Breaches
If you suspect a person is being abused under the MSA; Call the 101 non-emergency number, or if the person is in immediate danger or is under 18 then call 999 immediately, once this has been done inform the Human Resource or Health & Safety Manager. All discussions will be treated as confidential.
Protection of Whistle-blowers or persons affected by Modern Slavery
All persons classed as whistle-blowers or that have been affected by modern slavery will be protected as far as possible by the company, no negative outcomes will be taken against any persons fitting these criteria and where deemed necessary the following support can be given to persons; All protection and support offered by the company will be judged on an individual basis and tailored to suit each individual’s needs.
Name: James Smith    Position: SHEQ Manager   Signature:   Date: 17/08/2020