Anti-Slavery Policy Statement

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms,  such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which  have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for  personal or commercial gain. 

The Company has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery, and we are committed to acting  ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and  enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere  in our own business or in any of our supply chains. 

We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our  approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure  obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. 

We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business  partners, and as part of our contracting processes, in the coming year we will include specific  prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery  or servitude, whether adults or children, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own  suppliers to the same high standards. 

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,  interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business  partners. 

This policy does not form part of any employee’s contract of employment and we may amend it  at any time. 

Responsibility for the policy 

The Company has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our legal and  ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it. 

The Company has primary and day-to-day responsibility for implementing this policy, monitoring  its use and effectiveness, dealing with any queries about it, and auditing internal control systems  and procedures to ensure they are effective in countering modern slavery. 

Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and  comply with this policy and are given adequate and regular training on it and the issue of modern  slavery in supply chains. 

You are invited to comment on this policy and suggest ways in which it might be improved.  Comments, suggestions and queries are encouraged and should be addressed to the Managing  Director. 

Compliance with the policy 

You must ensure that you read, understand and comply with this policy. 

The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any part of our business or supply  chains is the responsibility of all those working for us or under our control. You are required to avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this policy. You must notify your line manager OR a company Director as soon as possible if you believe or  suspect that a conflict with this policy has occurred or may occur in the future.

You are encouraged to raise concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any  parts of our business or supply chains of any supplier tier at the earliest possible stage. If you believe or suspect a breach of this policy has occurred or that it may occur, you must notify  your line manager or company Director OR report it in accordance with our Whistleblowing Policy  as soon as possible. 

You should note that where appropriate, and with the welfare and safety of local workers as a  priority, we will give support and guidance to our suppliers to help them address coercive,  abusive and exploitative work practices in their own business and supply chains. 

If you are unsure about whether a particular act, the treatment of workers more generally, or their  working conditions within any tier of our supply chains constitutes any of the various forms of  modern slavery, raise it with your line manager or company Director. 

We aim to encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good  faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken. We are committed to ensuring no one  suffers any detrimental treatment as a result of reporting in good faith their suspicion that modern  slavery of whatever form is or may be taking place in any part of our own business or in any of  our supply chains. 

Detrimental treatment includes dismissal, disciplinary action, threats or other unfavourable  treatment connected with raising a concern. 

If you believe that you have suffered any such treatment, you should inform your line manager  immediately. If the matter is not remedied, and you are an employee, you should raise it formally  using our Grievance Procedure, which can be found in the current employee handbook. 

This Modern (Anti) Slavery Policy and Statement is intended for businesses in all countries,  especially the United Kingdom; and was brought to you by Rushax. 

Communication & awareness of this policy 

Training on this policy, and on the risk our business faces from modern slavery in its supply  chains, forms part of the induction process for all individuals who work for us, and updates will be  provided using established methods of communication between the business and you. Our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery must be communicated to all suppliers,  contractors and business partners at the outset of our business relationship with them and  reinforced as appropriate thereafter. 

Breaches of this policy 

Any employee who breaches this policy will face disciplinary action, which could result in  dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct. We may terminate our relationship with other  individuals and organisations working on our behalf if they breach this policy.