ANTI-SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING POLICY
As a company, Deverell Smith maintains relationships with many different organisations in its supply chain, as well as supplying varying levels numbers of contract, interim, temporary and permanent workers. In the light of the general law on employment and human rights, and, more specifically, the Modern Slavery Act 20l5, we have reviewed our existing compliance and risk management processes to determine what existing measures are undertaken and what further measures may be required to prevent slavery and human trafficking taking place in any part of our businesses or supply chain.
Deverell Smith has adopted a statement of our corporate values on the prevention of modern slavery and human trafficking. This value statement governs all our business dealings and the conduct of all persons or organisations with whom we contract directly or who we appoint to act on our behalf.
We expect all or who have, or seek to have, a business relationship with Deverell Smith and/or any member of our company, to familiarise themselves with, and act at all times in a way which is consistent with, our anti-slavery value.
DEVERELL SMITH ANTI-SLAVERY POLICY VALUE
As part of our culture of good governance for good business, at Deverell Smith we operate to a set of core values which reflect our relationships with our customers, shareholders, suppliers and team members. We adopt a behavioural value for all our business relationships, reflecting our attitude to the exploitation of individuals in any form, and more particularly the offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We are committed to opposing modern slavery in all its forms and preventing it by whatever means we can. We demand the same attitude of all who work for us and expect it of all with whom we have business dealings.
PURPOSE OF THIS POLICY
Modern slavery is a criminal offence under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”). Modern slavery can occur in various forms, including servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which deprive an individual of their liberty as other persons exploit them for personal or commercial gain. This document sets out the policy of Deverell Smith Ltd (the “Company”) with the aim of the prevention of opportunities for modern slavery to occur within its businesses or supply chain. This policy’s use of the term “modern slavery" has the meaning given in the Act.
Deverell Smith operates a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery. 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 those of our suppliers.
STEPS FOR THE PREVENTION OF MODERN SLAVERY
We are 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 20l5. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, and we are evolving and updating our contracting processes to include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children. We expect our suppliers to hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
All team members have an obligation to familiarise themselves with our procedures to help in the identification and prevention of modern slavery and to conduct business in a manner such that the opportunity for and incidence of modern slavery is prevented. Adherence to this policy forms part of all team members’ obligations under their contract of employment.
Whilst recognising our statutory obligation to set out the steps we have taken to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our supply chains, we acknowledge that we do not control the conduct of individuals and organisations in our supply chains. To underpin our compliance with practical steps, we intend to implement the following measure:
(i) conduct risk assessments to determine which parts of our business and which of our suppliers are most at risk of modern slavery so that efforts can be focused on those areas;
(ii) engage with our suppliers both to convey to them our Anti-Slavery Policy and to gain an understanding of the measures taken by them to ensure modern slavery is not occurring in their businesses; (iii) where appropriate, as informed by our risk assessment, seek to introduce supplier pre-screening (for example as part of our tender process) and self—reporting for our suppliers on safeguarding controls;
(iii) introduce contractual provisions for our suppliers to confirm their adherence to this policy and accept our right to audit their activities and (where practicable) relationships, both routinely and at times of reasonable suspicion.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE POLICY
Ultimate responsibility for the prevention and prevention of modern slavery rests with the Company’s leadership. The board of directors of the Company has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy and its implementation complies with our legal and ethical obligations. 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.
COMMUNICTION AND AWARENESS OF THIS POLICY
Any claims or allegations made which are found to be malicious or vexatious will result in disciplinary action being taken against the individual.
COMMUNICTION AND AWARENESS OF THIS POLICY
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.
Following its initial adoption, this Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy will be reviewed by the Company’s Board of Directors on a regular basis (at least annually) and may be amended from time to time. Next Review: 23rd January 2023.