Modern slavery is a term used to encompass slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour, bonded and child labour and human trafficking. Human trafficking is where a person arranges or facilitates the travel of another person with a view to that person being exploited. Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights.
In 2019 PwC estimated that approximately 40 million people were victims of modern slavery globally, and there were 16 million people forced into labour in the private sector. As competition between industries increases and the desire for ever-lower prices rises; the risk of modern slavery occurring within private organisations and their supply chains may also rise. Modern slavery remains an enormous issue as it can often go undetected in the supply chain of large corporations.
It is crucially important that companies take a strong stance against modern slavery in their organisation or their partners’ and suppliers’.
At SPACE&PLACE (S&P) we do everything in our power to ensure that our employees have been recruited through safe and legal means, and thoroughly investigate all our suppliers or any organisation that we partner with, to make certain that no instances of modern slavery are occurring.
Our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking policy aims to eradicate all forms of modern slavery and human trafficking within our organisation and ensures that we do not partner with any organisations, suppliers or contractors who do not take their modern slavery preventions seriously. Both our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking policy and action plan have been created in compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
The following action plan outlines how we will implement our policy aims.
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, agents, contractors, and suppliers. All staff are responsible for educating themselves on the signs of modern slavery and human trafficking and the appropriate action to take if they believe it is taking place.
Whilst all employees are responsible for preventing and eradicating modern slavery in our organisation, there are a few groups who play a crucial role in intercepting this issue. These are primarily those in charge of our recruitment and purchasing process and all managerial staff. Our staff must pay particular attention to the procurement guidance set out by the government in their Procurement Policy Note from 2019 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/procurement-policy-note-0519-tackling-modern-slavery-in-government-supply-chains).
Management is accountable for the actions of its staff and therefore must make certain that all employees comply with this policy and have been sufficiently trained regarding modern slavery.
At S&P we expect everyone working with us or on our behalf to support and uphold the following values and measures to safeguard against modern slavery.
A copy of their modern slavery statement and action plan; details of how they would investigate any potential incidents; standard immigration and right to work documents of their employees; ID documents of their employees; evidence of staff contracts; evidence that staff are being paid at least minimum wage; details of their employees’ statutory rights and details of how working hours are monitored.
Employment and recruitment agencies and other third parties supplying workers to our organisation to confirm their compliance with our Code of Conduct; suppliers engaging workers through a third party to obtain that third parties’ agreement to adhere to the Code.
A copy of their Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking policy; a copy of their Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion policy; a copy of their disciplinary and grievance procedure; a sample of their Health and Safety policy and can produce evidence of their employees’ wages which comply with the government standard and minimum wage requirement.
It is the duty of our Human Resource staff and managerial staff to ensure that this policy and action plan is carried out and reviewed on annual basis.
The Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking policy and action plan will be reviewed overall on a yearly basis by our company director Keith Ashton.