What is modern slavery?
Modern slavery is an international crime affecting an estimated 40.3 million slaves around the world. This growing global issue transcends age, gender and ethnicities. It includes victims trafficked from overseas and vulnerable people in the UK who are forced illegally to work against their will across many different sectors such as agriculture, hospitality, construction, retail and manufacturing. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires commercial organisations supplying goods or services with a turnover of above £36 million to prepare and publish an annual ‘Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement’. The Statement must set out the steps an organisation has taken, if any, during its financial year to ensure that slavery or human trafficking is not taking place in its supply chain.
Our policy is to assess and address the risks of violations of anti-human trafficking and anti-modern slavery laws. We adopt procedures that contribute to ensuring modern slavery does not occur in our business and we expect organisations with whom we do business to adopt and enforce policies to comply with the legislation. We support our people and clients to address issues arising from modern slavery.
- Our values, which are embedded throughout our business, set the parameters for how we expect our people to behave with colleagues and clients
- We seek to treat everyone fairly and consistently, creating a workplace and business environment that is open, transparent and trusted
- Our procedures relating to the Modern Slavery Act are in line with our culture and values
Healthier Business UK Ltd employs over 15 staff including non-direct staff. In addition, the business works with several professionals, consultants, and contractors. We supply a service to over 400 clients UK wide. We do not supply service outside of the EU or worldwide.
We have a number of procedures in place that contribute to ensuring modern slavery does not occur in our business or supply chains.
Robust recruitment processes in line with UK employment laws, including: ‘right to work’ document checks; contracts of employment and checks to ensure everyone employed is 16 and above
- Market-related pay and rewards reviewed annually
- Wellbeing activities and initiatives to support our people’s physical and mental wellbeing and lifestyle choices
We recognise that our business is exposed to greater risk when dealing with its clients/users, particularly those who have operations/suppliers in other territories. The following measures to review and manage this risk are:
- A commitment to collaborate closely with clients/users to help them understand and work towards their own obligations under the Modern Slavery Act
- To ensure there is a Responsible Purchasing Policy, which reflects our commitment to and focus on an ethical supply chain.
Supporting our people
Following The Act, we have enabled our employees to understand more about this growing issue by guiding them on how to report any suspicions they may come across within business or a personal context. We have:
- Developed and shared resources, including summary documents with an overview of the Modern Slavery Act, and links to the modernslavery.co.uk website
- Signposted our people to modernslavery.co.uk to provide them with useful information on how to recognise different types of slavery, how to spot the signs and details of a telephone helpline
- Included a requirement in our 2017 Annual Declaration that everyone reads and acknowledges the business’s modern slavery policy
- Introduced an internal whistleblowing procedure to enable anyone who has concerns (for example, how users, clients, partners or employees behave) has a means of raising their concerns confidentially.
- Supporting our clients
Healthier Business UK Ltd is willing to support clients in this increasingly important issue, including collaborating with Government agencies and other reputable organisations, to deepen and share knowledge so that we may be impactful by engaging in this area. In addition, we are able to support our clients by offering to assist them with:
- Offer to support and develop practical and cost-effective solutions
- Offer client due diligence
- Provide assurance over policies and practises in place
Future performance indicators
Going forward, we aim to develop and introduce:
- Focused training for those in the firm involved in contracts and procurement activities
- Methodologies to increase awareness for our people and our clients.
Healthier Business UK Ltd shall take responsibility for this Statement and its related objectives, and review and update it in accordance with The Act.
July 2018 – Healthier Business Group