Modern slavery

Statement

I am committed to ensuring that my colleagues are not subject to behaviour or threats that may amount to modern slavery, human trafficking, forced labour, physical and mental harm, and other violations of their human rights. I commit to ensuring that practices throughout my business and supply chains are consistent with my disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking and Exploitation Acts 2015. I embrace my responsibility to be alert to risks of human trafficking and modern slavery in my business and my wider supply chain.

This statement sets out my commitment to avoid any form of modern slavery or human trafficking within our operations and supply chain.

My business

I am a small bookkeeping practice working with various SMEs and sole traders to formalise their accounts processes.

I am a socially responsible business and aim to work in the best interests of my community. I strive to better understand my impact on my environment, socially, locally and globally.

 Our supply chain

My procurement function is small and centralised. I use fewer than ten suppliers within the United Kingdom. As a professional services provider, modern slavery is not pervasive in my industry but I am committed to taking steps to uncover potential risks within my supply chain.

 Our practices

I have implemented practices and policies aimed at minimising the risk of modern slavery or human trafficking, and we encourage reporting of any related concerns. These actions include:

  • Procurement practice: I procure from reputable suppliers that meet their disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking and Exploitation Acts 2015.
  • Training: my learning and development policies are robust to ensure that I am aware of my commitment to avoid human trafficking and modern slavery.

Definitions

Slavery – behaviour on the part of the offender as if they owned the victim, depriving the victim of their freedom;

Forced or compulsory labour – work or service of a victim which involves coercion, either direct threats or violence or more subtle forms of compulsion. Work or service is extracted from the victim under the menace of any penalty and for which the victim has not offered themselves voluntarily;

Human trafficking – arrangements for the travel of the victim with a view to them being exploited.

My response to modern slavery

I do not tolerate any form of modern slavery within my operation or supply chains. Should any concerns arise, I would address the issue directly with the company involved. If I am not satisfied with their response, I would stop working with them.

I encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken. I am committed to ensuring that no one suffers any detrimental treatment as a result of reporting in good faith their suspicion that modern slavery of whatever form is or may be taking place in any part of my business or supply chain.