Modern Slavery policy
|Approved||5 February 2020|
|Published||5 March 2020|
|Effective||5 February 2020|
This Policy sets out Longhurst Group’s intent to understand all potential risks of modern slavery to our business and to put in place steps to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our business and our supply chains.
The Policy identifies where risks may arise and sets out how we will manage them.
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of human rights. It takes various forms, including slavery,servitude, compulsory labour and human trafficking for exploitation and can have a significant adverse impact on individuals, families and communities across the world.
This Policy ensures compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and Article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights. It meets our ethical obligations and best practice as an employer, service provider and business partner.
- Longhurst Group will operate in an open and transparent way.
- We recognise the expectation that we will maintain high ethical standards and best practice.
- We recognise our responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking. We recognise our obligations to identify, target and prevent slavery and human trafficking and we understand that everyone has a role to play in this.
- We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery across all areas of our organisation, as well as in our supply chains.
This Policy applies to all employees, including fixed term and temporary employees, volunteers, apprentices, agency and reserve workers; contractors; external consultants; third party representatives; and business partners.
The Policy does not form part of any employee’s contract of employment and we may amend the Policy at any time.
Supply Chains and Partnerships
As we operate solely within the UK we are at a low risk of exposure to slavery and human trafficking. However, our key area of risk lies in our relationships with supply chains - suppliers, contractors and business partners.
Our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery will be communicated to all suppliers, contractors and business partners at the outset of our business relationship with them and reinforced as appropriate thereafter.
We will undertake appropriate due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, contractors and business partners, and regularly review our existing suppliers, contractors and business partners.
We will implement a Supplier Code of Conduct. This will require all suppliers, contractors and business partners to confirm in writing their compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and include relevant clauses in any contracts or agreements.
Serious breaches of our supplier code of conduct may result in the termination of the business relationship.
We will only use reputable employment agencies and we will always verify the practices of any new agency before engaging staff from it.
Employees are required to avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this Policy. Employees will be encouraged to raise concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any parts of our organisation or supply chains at the earliest possible stage.
If an employee believes or suspects a breach of this Policy has occurred or there is a risk of a breach occurring, they must notify their manager or report it in accordance with our Whistleblowing Policy as soon as possible.
We encourage openness and we will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken.
Any breaches of this policy by employees will be dealt with under our Disciplinary, Grievance and Performance Improvement Policies.
We will establish and implement effective processes to:
- Obtain proof of nationality/right to work from each employee and retain copies of these.
Training and Awareness
We will provide training on this Policy; any associated processes; and the potential risks we face. Thiswill be included in core induction for new staff and will also be available for existing staff at regularintervals.
We will communicate the Policy to all employees.
Please note that Appendices A and B are documents for internal use only.