Anti-slavery and human trafficking statement and policy
Welcome to ADVANCE‘s anti-slavery and human trafficking statement and policy. This statement and policy relates to Advance Contracting Solutions Ltd but the principles laid out are observed by all companies within the ADVANCE group.
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.
At ADVANCE we have 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, we 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 this policy
The board of directors 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 HR manager 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 HR manager via the contact page of our website.
Compliance with this anti-slavery policy
You must ensure that you read, understand and comply with this anti-slavery 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 manager 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 manager 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 manager.
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 the HR 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 Staff handbook, which is available upon request.
Communication, training and awareness of modern slavery
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 regular training will be provided as necessary.
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.
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.
Due diligence is an essential practice for ADVANCE. We consistently monitor our clients, customers, employees, cash flow, assets, insurance policies and third party suppliers, and are taking all necessary measures to identify, prevent and mitigate incidences of modern slavery in our operations and supply chains.
Risk assessment and management
ADVANCE seeks to asses and manage risk of modern slavery within the workplace.
Our on boarding process with workers and contractors include checking personal identification documents, and personal details such as address and bank details. These are an essential compliance process, but are also considered as potential indicators of modern slavery that may need further checking.
Our processes include checking documents, which will highlight any workers unwilling to provide that information. For example, an instance of a worker at risk could be if they have had their personal belongings or identification taken from them — or if other documents are being withheld.
An individual may also not have their own bank account, or may be found to have a common address with many other workers are recognised as potential indicators of modern slavery that may need further checking.
Injuries, fatigue or poor physical health are also recognised as potential indicators of modern slavery that may need further checking.
Where concerns are raised with regards to risks of modern slavery in the workplace, these are dealt with swiftly, in accordance with ADVANCE’s anti-slavery policy.