The aim of this Policy is to inform employees and others about the issues around exploitation of people and
what Blackwood Plant Hire Ltd. (BPH) does to meet its obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

 

  1. What is slavery?

The Modern Slavery Act (MSA) 2015 covers four activities:

Slavery Exercising powers of ownership over a person
Servitude 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
Human trafficking Arranging or facilitating the travel of another person with a view to their
exploitation

 

  1. How is it relevant to us?

 

Modern slavery is a complex and multi-faceted crime and tackling it requires all of us to play a part. At first
glance, it may seem that this whole subject is irrelevant to us, but it is not.  At a very basic level, preventing exploitation and human trafficking, and protecting our workforce and reputation, makes good business sense. The MSA 2015 recognises the important part that businesses can and should play in tackling slavery. It encourages them to do more.

With this in mind, BPH needs to pay particularly close attention to:

  • our supply chain
  • recruitment
  • any outsourced activities

 

  1. Responsibilities

 

BPH, our managers and colleagues, all have responsibilities to ensure that fellow workers are safe-guarded, treated fairly and with dignity. The Managing Director is responsible for this policy.  Everyone must observe this policy and be aware that turning a blind eye is unacceptable and simply not an option.

 

BPH will:

  • maintain clear policies and procedures preventing exploitation and human trafficking, and protecting our workforce and reputation
  • be clear about our recruitment policy (see Recruitment)
  • review our supply chains (see Supply chains)
  • lead by example by making appropriate checks on all employees, recruitment agencies, suppliers,
    to ensure we know who is working for us
  • make a clear statement that we take our responsibilities to our employees and our clients seriously
    (see Anti-slavery statement)

Managers will:

  • listen and be approachable to colleagues
  • respond appropriately if they are told something that might indicate a colleague is in an exploitative situation
  • remain alert to indicators of slavery (see Identifying slavery)
  • raise the awareness of our colleagues, by discussing issues and providing training, so that everyone can spot the signs of trafficking and exploitation and know what to do
  • use their experience and professional judgement to gauge situations

 

Colleagues:

We all have responsibilities under this policy. Whatever your role or level of seniority, you must:

  • keep your eyes and ears open—if you suspect someone (a colleague or someone in our supply
    chain) is being controlled or forced by someone else to work or provide services, follow our reporting procedure (see Reporting slavery)
  • follow our reporting procedure if a colleague tells you something you think might indicate they are or someone else is being exploited or ill-treated
  • tell us if you think there is more we can do to prevent people from being exploited
  1. The risks

Whilst, given the nature of our business and the clients we work for, we consider our risk profile to be small, the principal areas of risk we face, related to slavery and human trafficking, include general recruitment and recruitment through agencies.  We manage these risk areas through our procedures set out in this policy and elsewhere.

  1. Our procedures
    Anti-slavery statement

We make a clear annual statement that we take our responsibilities to our employees, people working
within our supply chain and our clients seriously. The statement says what we do in the world and what risks we face with regard to slavery and human trafficking points out the actions we take to comply with the legislation. This policy sets out the key risk areas we face and our approach to avoiding and preventing modern slavery.

Supply chains

Although in our business the risk of slavery and human trafficking being a factor is minimal, nevertheless we
review our supply chains to ensure the potential for slavery and human trafficking is reduced.  We tell the companies we do business with that we are not prepared to accept any form of exploitation.

Our supply chain are all major suppliers of Plant and Components from within the European Union.  All have addressed the risks associated with modern slavery and human trafficking in line with MSA 2015

 

Recruitment – General

  • We use the Home Office Right to Work Checklist when recruiting new employees and ensure that we are always able to use applicable excuses against liability as listed in the checklist
  • We always ensure all staff have a written contract of employment and that they have not had to
    pay any direct or indirect fees to obtain work.
  • We always ensure staff are legally able to work in the UK.
  • We check the names and addresses of our staff (a number of people listing the same address may
    indicate high shared occupancy, often a factor for those being exploited).
  • 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, we will follow our reporting
procedures (See Reporting slavery).

 

Recruitment – Using agencies

  • Our HR Management follows firm policy and only uses agreed specified reputable recruitment agencies.
  • To ensure the potential for slavery and human trafficking is reduced as far as possible, we thoroughly check recruitment agencies before adding them to our list of approved agencies. This includes:
  • conducting background checks
  • investigating reputationensuring the staff it provides have the appropriate paperwork (e.g. work visas)
  • as appropriate, ensuring the agency provides assurances that the appropriate checks
    have been made on the person they are supplying

 

  1. Identifying slavery

There is no typical victim and some victims do not understand that 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.

  • The person is not in possession of their own passport, identification or travel documents.
  • The person is acting as though they are being instructed or coached by someone else.
  • They allow others to speak for them when spoken to directly.
  • They are dropped off and collected from work.
  • The person is withdrawn or they appear frightened.
  • The person does not seem to be able to contact friends or family freely.
  • The person has limited social interaction or contact with people outside their immediate environment.

 

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 one builds up a picture of the person’s circumstances which may indicate something is not quite right. If you have a suspicion, report it.

 

  1. Reporting slavery

Talking to someone about your concerns may stop someone else from being exploited or abused.  If you think that someone is in immediate danger, dial 999.  Otherwise, you should discuss your concerns with the HR Manager who will decide a course of action and provide any further advice.

 

Not all victims may want to be helped and there may be instances where reporting a suspected trafficking case puts the potential victim at risk, so it is important that in the absence of an immediate danger, you

discuss your concerns with the HR Manager first before taking any further action.

  1. Training

We provide training to those staff members who are involved in managing recruitment and our supply
chains. Because the risks are deemed slight in our business, we do not provide specific training to identify
slavery to any of our staff.

  1. 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.

Signed: Paul McCormack
Managing Director
Dated: 14 April 2020

Authorised By: R McMillan

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