Modern Slavery, and how is it relevant to us
Modern slavery is a multi-faceted crime and tackling it requires many organisations and individuals to work together with an aim to eradicate it.
We have a moral duty to prevent exploitation and human trafficking, thus protecting our workforce and furthermore the reputation of our good business name.
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 recognises the important part businesses such as ours can and should play in tackling slavery and encourages all to take measures to combat this terrible crime.
We are committed to protecting and preserving the rights of our employees, those employed in our supply chain, and those affected by our operations;
The Company, our managers and our colleagues have responsibilities to ensure our fellow workers are safeguarded, treated fairly and with dignity.
Everyone must observe this Policy and be aware that ‘turning a blind eye’ is unacceptable and simply not an option.
As a company we will:
We all have responsibilities under this policy. Whatever your role or level of seniority within the business, you must:
Construction is highlighted as a key area of risk with approximately a 3rd of victims trafficked into Labour exploitation.
We will remain vigilant throughout the supply chain both downwards and upwards of our current position.
M Lambe Construction Ltd take our responsibilities to our employees, people working within our supply chain and our clients seriously, and this is updated once a year.
We make sure the companies we do business with know that we are not prepared to accept any form of exploitation.
We always ensure all staff have a written contract of employment.
We always ensure staff are legally able to work in the UK.
We provide information to all new recruits on their statutory rights including sick pay, holiday pay and any other benefits they may be entitled to. If, through our recruitment process, we suspect someone is being exploited, the HR will be informed and the HR department will follow our reporting procedures
Where the company uses labour agencies:
There is no typical victim and some victims do not understand they have been exploited and are entitled to help and support.
However, the following key signs could indicate that someone may be a slavery or trafficking victim:
This list is not exhaustive.
Remember, a person may display a number of the trafficking indicators set out above but they may not necessarily be a victim of slavery or trafficking. Often you will build up a picture of the person’s circumstances which may indicate something is not quite right. If you have a suspicion, report it to the HR Department who will follow our reporting procedures.
We ensure that all employees are made aware of this policy, and their obligation to comply with this policy.
This will include training being provided to key personnel and decision makers.
Monitoring Our Procedures
We will review our Anti-slavery policy regularly, at least annually. We will provide information and/or training on any changes we make.
Activities covered by the MSA Act:
Exercising powers of ownership over a person.
The obligation to provide services is imposed by the use of coercion.
Forced or compulsory labour
Work or services are exacted from a person under the menace of any penalty and for which the person has not offered themselves voluntarily.
Arranging or facilitating the travel of another person with a view to their exploitation.