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This policy sets out Instarmac Group plc’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) or the Modern Slavery Act (MSA) 2015 and constitutes Instarmac’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the 2021-2022 financial year, which ends on 30th September 2022 and relates to actions and activities during this period. This policy applies to all permanent and temporary employees of the Company. It also applies to any individual or corporate entity associated with the Company or who performs functions in relation to, or for and on behalf of, the Company, including, but not limited to, Directors, agency workers, casual workers, contractors, consultants, agents and suppliers (“associated persons”). All employees and associated persons are expected to adhere to the principles set out in this policy
2.0 WHAT DO WE MEAN BY MODERN SLAVERY?
Though modern slavery can take many forms, the MSA 2015 forbids the employment of anyone under conditions of:
3.0 HOW WE SEEK TO EMBED OUR ANTI-SLAVERY POLICY IN PRACTICE
As part of the manufacturing industry, we recognise that we have a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking.
Our organisations is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
We confirm that Instarmac Group plc complies with all applicable anti-slavery and human trafficking laws, in particular, but not limited to, the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This includes compliance with the principles of the Ethical Trade Initiative as set out in our Ethical Trading Policy. The principles of the Ethical Trading Initiative may be found at http://www.ethicaltrade.org.uk/eti-base-code. Instarmac also supports the principals of identifying and eradicating the International Labour Organisation (ILO) indicators, which may be found at https://www.ilo.org/global/topics/forced-labour/publications/WCMS_203832/lang–en/index.htm.
3.1 Policies in relation to modern slavery
We recognise that having the right policies in place and ensuring they are implemented effectively is fundamental to managing the risk of modern slavery in our business and supply chains. We operate the following policies that describe our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to the taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations:
All the above reflect our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships.
We encourage all our workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, our organisation. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. Our whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation.
Our policies make clear to employees the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing our organisation. We strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating abroad and managing its supply chain.
We have zero tolerance to modern slavery and expect both current and future suppliers to comply with our values and to operate in an ethical, legally compliant and professional manner. We also expect our suppliers to promote similar standards in their own supply chain.
Our Modern Slavery Policy statement is available on the Company website and also on our internal intranet and employee portal for employees to access.
3.2 Due Diligence
We undertake due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. Our due diligence and reviews include:
Following the annual review of our policy and supply chain, we continue to operate a supply chain with a low inherent risk of slave and human trafficking potential. Nevertheless, this assessment is kept under continual review and due diligence is conducted with any new suppliers (as outlined above). Any suspected instances of slavery and human trafficking will be fully investigated.
In addition to the above suite of policies we have developed the following anti-slavery initiatives as follows:
3.3 Looking Ahead
Over the course of the next financial year we will continue to take positive steps to enhance our procedures and processes to help us identify, prevent and mitigate any risks of modern slavery or human trafficking and identify ILO indicators in relation to new and existing suppliers. We will continue to only use specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour and where appropriate verify the practices of any new agency. We will continue to only engage with suppliers who can demonstrate they are (or are working towards) certification to ISO 9001 and are able to demonstrate that they have a modern slavery statement and/or policy in place that meets the required standards as pertained in this policy.
4.0 RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS POLICY
It is the responsibility of everyone to recognise and report any activity or situation that could be construed as contrary to the principles outlined above. Senior Managers will be responsible for raising any such non-conformance(s) to the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors have overall responsibility for this policy and in ensuring wherever possible that the company complies with all its legal and ethical obligations and in ensuring remedial action is taken in regards to known issues.
This policy is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30th September 2022. It has been approved by Instarmac Group plc Board of Directors, and signed by the Managing Director, and will be reviewed on a regular basis.