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MODERN SLAVERY ACT 2015

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement and Policy

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.

Acer Landscapes has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery, and 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 in any of our supply chains.

We are also 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 2015.  Staff are expected to report concerns and management are expected to act upon them.

We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, and as part of our contracting processes, we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.

This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners.

We have assessed our risks and although they are low, due to the nature of our business we have put into place processes that will identify and mitigate any risks there are:

  • We obtain relevant identification documents for all individual subcontractors.
  • We only use reputable and trusted CIS payment providers and temporary staff agencies
  • We maintain records of all payments made to subcontractors in our supply chain.
  • We have policies to ensure that individuals in our supply chain are paid at least that of the current National Minimum/Living wage.
  • We have in place processes to encourage the reporting of concerns.

This policy does not form part of any employee’s contract of employment and we may amend it at any time.

 

Bill Broomfield

Managing Director

22nd December 2016