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Anti-Slavery Policy

Last updated: 10th September 2022

Slavery, in all its forms, is a terrible crime that deprives people of their basic human rights. This can manifest as slavery, servitude, forced labour, or human trafficking, all motivated by the opportunity to exploit someone for personal or commercial gain.

We’re committed to being ethical and transparent in all our business dealings to prevent modern slavery from occurring in any part of our company or supply chains.

We are also dedicated to promoting transparency in our own operations and in our approach to combating modern slavery throughout the supply chains, in line with our Modern Slavery Act 2015 disclosure requirements.

We expect all of our contractors, suppliers, and other business partners to meet the same high standards as we do. We will include specific limitations on the use of forced, compulsory, or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, as part of our contracting processes in the near future.

This policy applies to everyone working for us or on our behalf, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, agents, contractors and external consultants.

Please note that this policy is not legally binding and may be subject to change.

01. Policy Responsibility

Our company is responsible for making sure this policy adheres to our legal and ethical standards, as well as seeing to it that everyone we are in control of obeys the policy.

This policy is implemented by the Company, which has primary and day-to-day responsibility for ensuring that it is followed. It is also the duty of the Company to review internal controls and procedures to verify that they are effective in combating modern slavery.

Management of all levels is responsible for enforcing this policy to those that report to them, by providing adequate training and education on the matter of modern slavery in supply chains.

You are invited to voice your opinion on this policy and offer suggestions for how it may be improved. Comments, ideas, and questions are welcome and should be sent to the company’s Managing Director.

02. Policy Compliance

By reading and understanding this policy, you are agreeing to comply with it. The fight against modern slavery begins with each one of us taking responsibility for prevention, detection and reporting in our workplaces and supply chains.

You are not allowed to do anything that could result in, or look like, a policy violation. If you think or know that you will violate this policy in the future, tell your line manager or a company Director right away.

You are urged to bring any concern or suspicion of modern slavery in our business or supplier chains at the earliest practical opportunity.

If you think or suspect a violation of this policy has occurred, you must notify your line manager or the Director of your company as soon as possible.

We prioritise the welfare and safety of local workers and 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 where appropriate.

Raise it with your line manager or company Director if you are unsure whether a certain action, worker treatment more generally or working conditions at any level of our supply chains qualify as one of the many types of modern slavery.

We want to encourage transparency and will defend anyone who expresses a genuine concern in good faith under this policy, even if they are incorrect. We are dedicated to ensuring that no one is subjected to any illegal treatment as a consequence of reporting in good faith their belief that any form of modern slavery exists or may exist within our own operations or supply chains.

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

This Modern (Anti) Slavery Policy and Statement was produced by Rushax with the intention of being used by businesses in all nations, particularly the United Kingdom.

03. Communication and Awareness

At our company, training on this policy against modern slavery is part of the induction process for all new employees. Existing employees will receive updates through established methods of communication between the business and them. Our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery must be communicated to all suppliers, contractors and business partners at the outset of our relationship with them, and we will reinforce it as necessary thereafter.

04. Policy Breaches

This policy will be strictly upheld. Employees who violate this rule will be subjected to disciplinary action, which might lead to dismissal for poor performance or gross misconduct. If they violate this policy, we may terminate our relationship with other people and organisations assisting us in performing work on our behalf.

Printed and Signed Off By: Chris Regan, Managing Director 2022