As AquaJet North East, we maintain relationships with various organizations in our supply chain and employ a substantial workforce.
In compliance with employment and human rights laws, including the Modern Slavery Act 2015, we have assessed our existing compliance and risk management processes to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains.
We have adopted a corporate value statement emphasising our commitment to preventing modern slavery and human trafficking. This value guides all our business interactions and the conduct of individuals or organizations we engage with.
We expect all those in a business relationship with AquaJet North East to align themselves with our anti-slavery value.
AquaJet North East Anti-Slavery Value:
As part of our commitment to ethical business practices, we operate based on core values that reflect our relationships with stakeholders: customers, manufacturers, shareholders, suppliers, and team members. Our behavioral value condemns the exploitation of individuals, particularly offenses under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We are unwavering in our opposition to modern slavery in all forms and demand the same stance from all parties we engage with.
Our approach to modern slavery is one of zero tolerance.
PURPOSE OF THIS POLICY
1.1 Modern slavery, as defined in the Modern Slavery Act 2015, is a criminal offense. This policy aims to prevent modern slavery within AquaJet North East and its supply chains, including servitude, forced labour, and human trafficking.
1.2 We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery, committing to ethical and transparent business practices. Effective systems and controls are in place to ensure modern slavery is eradicated from our business and our suppliers.
STEPS FOR THE PREVENTION OF MODERN SLAVERY
2.1 Transparency is crucial in our business and supply chains. We expect high standards from all contractors, suppliers, and partners. Our contracting processes include prohibitions against forced labour, slavery, or servitude. We require our suppliers to hold their own suppliers to the same standards.
2.2 All team members are responsible for familiarizing themselves with our procedures to identify and prevent modern slavery. Adherence to this policy is part of their employment contract.
2.3 We intend to:
– Conduct risk assessments to identify areas most at risk of modern slavery.
– Engage with suppliers to communicate our Anti-Slavery Policy and understand their anti-slavery measures.
– Introduce supplier pre-screening and self-reporting.
– Implement contractual provisions confirming adherence to this policy and the right to audit.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE POLICY
3.1 The Company’s leadership, represented by the board of directors, has ultimate responsibility for preventing modern slavery.
3.2 Managers at all levels ensure their teams understand and comply with this policy through regular training.
ACTIONS TO REPORT MODERN SLAVERY OR HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Our Whistleblowing Procedure provides a mechanism to report concerns about suspected modern slavery. Detrimental treatment of whistleblowers is strictly prohibited.
COMMUNICATION AND AWARENESS OF THIS POLICY
We communicate our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery to all suppliers, contractors, and business partners from the outset and reinforce it as needed.
This Anti-Slavery Policy will be reviewed by the Company’s Board of Directors at least annually and may be amended as necessary.