The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires any large commercial organisation operating in the UK to produce and publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement.
We are an independent marketing specialist with a keen sense of social responsibility.
This page sets out our ongoing commitment as a responsible business to combat modern slavery and human trafficking.
We have a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking and we are committed to ensuring that it has no presence in our supply chains or in any part of our business. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place.
Our internal policies and employment procedures are reviewed regularly to ensure compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Particular policies relevant to the combating of modern slavery and human trafficking include our Procurement Policy (which establishes our supplier selection methodology) and Whistleblowing Policy (designed to encourage and protect any member of staff who wishes to raise any concerns related to the activities of our company).
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide training to relevant staff as part of their induction and provide refresher training as appropriate.
Our recruitment processes are transparent and reviewed regularly. We communicate directly with candidates to discuss job opportunities and to confirm the details of any offer made and work only with reputable recruitment businesses. We have robust procedures in place for the vetting of new employees and ensure that we are able to confirm their identities and that they are paid directly into an appropriate, personal bank account – no one earns less than the Living Wage.
We review our affiliates and partners on a regular basis and have committed to work with organisations who share our values. We monitor and review the controls undertaken by our affiliates and partners and require an annual statement of their commitment to our Supplier Code of Conduct.
We are conscious that imported products or services sourced from outside the UK or EU are potentially more at risk of slavery or human trafficking issues. If products have to be sourced from such locations, we will look to those suppliers who can demonstrate a commitment to human rights and fair working conditions.
We will not work with any supplier organisation that has been found to have been knowingly involved in either human trafficking or modern slavery.
We will continue to monitor and review our policies relating to slavery and human trafficking. As part of that process we will consider the risk of our failing to comply with our requirements and the impact this would have not just on the firm but the workers whom this legislation is intended to affect.
If we become aware of any breaches, we will investigate and take such steps as are necessary to ensure that the risk of further breaches occurring is minimised.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement. It is reviewed annually by our management team. It was approved by our members on 14 September 2020.