Modern slavery can take various forms such as servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. The Company has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all our business dealings and relationships.
We are also committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure as much as distinctly possible that modern slavery is not taking place anywhere within our business or supply chains, consistent with our obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the company also expects the same high standards from all of its suppliers, contractors and other business partners and, as part of its contracting processes, it includes specific prohibitions against the use of modern slavery and expects that its suppliers will in turn hold their own suppliers to the same standard.
Identifying potential victims of modern slavery can be a challenge because the crime can manifest itself in many ways. There is a spectrum of abuse, and it is not always clear at what point, for example, poor working practices and lack of health and safety awareness have become instances of trafficking, slavery or forced labour in a work environment.
IN addition, some suppliers may go to great lengths to hide the fact that they are using slave labour. However, the Company accepts that is has a responsibility through its due diligence processes to ensure that workers are not being exploited, that they are safe and that the relevant employment, health and safety and human rights laws and standards are being adhered to, including freedom of movement and communications.