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. Greenview has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery in which the Company is 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.
Greenview is aware that legislation dictates that any “commercial organisation” in any sector carrying on a business in the UK with a total annual turnover of £36 million or more is required to produce a slaver and human trafficking statement for each financial year.
Greenview is 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. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners.
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, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE POLICY
The Board of Directors have overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it.
The Operational Director and HR Manager have primary and day-to-day responsibility for implementing this policy, monitoring its use and effectiveness, dealing with any queries about it and auditing internal control systems and procedures to ensure they are effective in countering modern slavery.
Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with this policy and are given adequate and regular training on it and the issue of modern slavery in supply chains.
COMPLIANCE WITH THE POLICY
The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any part of our business or supply chains is the responsibility of all those working for us or under our control. You are required to avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this policy.
If you believe or suspect a breach of this policy has occurred or that it may occur you must notify the Operational Director or HR Manager or report it in accordance with our Whistleblowing Policy as soon as possible. You are encouraged to raise concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any parts of our business or supply chains of any supplier tier at the earliest possible stage. If you are unsure about whether a particular act, the treatment of workers more generally, or their working conditions within any tier of our supply chains constitutes any of the various forms of modern slavery, raise it with the Operational Director or HR Manager.
We are committed to ensuring 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 our own business or in any of our supply chains. If you believe that you have suffered any such treatment, you should inform the Procurement Manager immediately.
BREACHES OF THIS POLICY
We may terminate our relationship with any of our suppliers if they breach the values set out in the Policy. However where appropriate, and with the welfare and safety of local workers as a priority, we may give support and guidance to our suppliers to help them address coercive, abusive and exploitative work practices in their own business and supply chains.
ADDRESSING MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
When we are carrying out recruitment, either for employees or agency workers, we ensure that we ask candidates to bring with them to interview proof of their eligibility to work in the UK. Ideally this would be via the candidate producing their passport. However if they either do not have a passport or it has expired then they would need to provide other evidence. To do this they would need to provide relevant documents as outlined in the Asylum and Immigration Guidance. Recruitment and Selection Policy contains the organisations Code of Conduct. This is cascaded to all new employees prior to them starting their employment as this forms part of phase one of their induction. This requires them to read the organisations policies and procedures prior to their first day. At their day one induction on their first day we check that they have read the policies and if not ensure they have time to do so within their first 4 weeks of employment.
All Greenview staff have been made aware of the Company Whistleblowing Policy which guides them as to how to raise a concern about, for example, modern slavery; anyone who raises a genuine concern under the Whistleblowing Policy will be protected against reprisals.
As part of the day to day operations for customer facing employees the following guidance is accessible and communicated.
How Staff and Contractors can Spot the Signs of Modern Slavery:
Abuse of individuals is not always clear cut. Someone could choose to work for less than the minimum wage, or in an unsafe condition, and not necessarily be forced or deceived. Signs of slavery are often hidden, making it even harder to recognise victims. Some are more apparent, for example:
- Persons forced into prostitution and controlled
- Enforced production or growing of drugs such as cannabis.
- Victims are forced to carry out housework and domestic chores in private households with little or no pay, restricted movement, very limited or no free time, minimal privacy and joint surrender in favour of a sole tenancy often sleeping where they work.
Some common signs which can be identifiers of slavery:
- Physical Appearance: Victims may show signs of physical or psychological abuse, look malnourished or unkempt, or appear withdrawn;
- Isolation: Victims may rarely be allowed to travel on their own, seem under the control, influence of others, rarely interact or appear unfamiliar with their neighbourhood or where they work;
- Poor living conditions: Victims may be living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation, and/or living and working at the same address, locks on internal doors together with lots of mattresses present in the property;
- Few or no personal effects: Victims may have no identification documents, have few personal possessions and always wear the same clothes day in day out. What clothes they do wear may not be suitable for their work;
- Restricted Freedom of Movement: Victims have little opportunity to move freely and may have had their travel documents retained for example passports;
- Unusual Travel Times: Victims may be dropped off / collected for work on a regular basis either very early or late at night;
- Reluctance to seek help: Victims may avoid eye contact, appear frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers and fear law enforcers for many reasons, such as not knowing who to trust or where to get help, fear of deportation, fear of violence to them or their family.
Whilst Greenview is exempt from the reporting requirements under section 54 (Transparency in Supply Chains) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, all contractors are provided with Greenview’s Safeguarding Policy and where appropriate training provided to contractors – the policy has a clear reporting mechanism for all staff/contractors to ensure that if any concerns are noticed they will be actioned.
COMMUNICATION AND AWARENESS OF THIS POLICY
This policy is published on our Company Shared Drive once approved by the Directors.
Training on this Policy and on the risk our business faces from modern slavery in its supply chains, forms part of the induction process for all individuals who work for us.
Our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery will be communicated to all suppliers, contractors and business partners at the outset of our business relationship with them and reinforced as appropriate thereafter.