Modern Slavery Policy Version – 26th September 2022
Modern Slavery is a hidden crime that affects over 40 million victims globally. The term covers several crimes including Sexual Exploitation, Forced Marriage, Criminal Exploitation, Domestic Servitude and Labour Exploitation. Through the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, businesses are required to understand the impact they have on the potential for modern slavery and make efforts to address the issue where they can. This includes considering the impact we have on supply chain activity and the potential for exploitation within. This policy outlines iso20400plus’s commitment to address modern slavery issues, both through our organisational activities and our supply chain commitments. Ethical business is at the heart of what iso20400plus believes in and we are committed to acting with integrity in all our business activities and relationships. We are also committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business and exercising robust due diligence of all our partner organisations and suppliers.
iso20400plus is a global independent certification & rating organisation based in the UK. Our purpose is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable procurement & supply chain.
We recognise that people are our best asset and as a result, we endeavour to look after them and reward them accordingly. In terms of our worldwide operations, we wish to pay at least 10 percent above national government defined minimum wage. We do not operate any zero hours contracts but utilise associates as part of the wider iso20400plus team. All employees within iso20400plus should benefit from a scheme designed to support their physical and mental wellbeing and can part take in flexible working conditions including part time and remote working. We plan to be 100% remote working company, which will help reduce carbon footprint. Our staff have been trained on International Labour Rights and United Nations Human Rights, to understand the potential risks of modern slavery and to identify potential signs of modern slavery, or human trafficking, or child grooming, or sexual exploitation, and report them, if necessary, to us without fear of penalty.
We encourage the reporting of genuine concerns, or any activity that is unlawful or unethical, and we ensure equal treatment of employees to deter discrimination within our organization.
Our Supply Chain & Business Impacts
It is our commitment that the requirements we specify under this standard will be increased to include considerations for combating modern slavery worldwide. We will support the eradication of exploitation.
We expect our supply chain entities, including but not limited to suppliers, business partners, contractors, service providers, etc., to have suitable modern slavery policies in place.
Although a small organisation, iso20400plus has set objectives that are designed to formalise further the activities already undertaken both within our operations and our supply chain.
- Refresh the awareness of existing employees and ensure new employees are briefed on the issue of modern slavery and transparency in supply chains
- Refresh the risk profile of our supply chain spend to identify any additional spend areas that need modern slavery considerations to be included as part of the procurement decision
- Assess our due diligence process and evaluate the need for third party accreditation
This policy is prepared with regard to Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
This policy statement applies to all employees within iso20400plus and its worldwide operations. It is endorsed by our Directors and will be reviewed and monitored annually.