The aim of this statement is to acknowledge our responsibility to the risks of slavery and human trafficking.
Employees are expected and encouraged to report concerns to management, where they are expected to act upon them. We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern-day slavery or human trafficking in our business and this Anti Slavery policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include but not limited to;
• Recruitment policy: We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK/US/Malaysia checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
• Whistleblowing policy: We operate a policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
• Dignity at Work Policy: This code explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.
Protecting our Employees
• We pay all directly employed labour at least the living wage.
• Information is provided to all employees on their statutory rights including sick pay, holiday pay and any other benefits they may be entitled to by virtue of their employment.
• All of our new employees are subject to pre-employment checks to confirm their identity and eligibility to work in the UK prior to their starting work at Silverbug
• Where recruitment agencies are used, we ensure they comply with all legal requirements.
These procedures collectively help to address our on-going commitment to protect our employee’s human rights and the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.
Through our training and internal communications programmes, staff are encouraged to identify and report any potential breaches of the Policy.
Additionally, we encourage the reporting of concerns by employees to their line managers in the first instance – or to any senior manager if they feel this would not be not appropriate. No instances of slavery or human trafficking have ever been reported.
Our Supply Chain
Our supply chain includes a large number of suppliers and we expect our suppliers to support and demonstrate our values, which is an essential component of our approach to Corporate Social Responsibility.
The standards we expect from our suppliers address a broad spectrum of working conditions including;
• fair remuneration
• working hours
• no child labour
• health safety and wellbeing
• freedom from forced labour
We will assess any instances of non-compliance on a case-by-case basis, taking any remedial action accordingly.
As part of our supply process, we require suppliers to confirm and provide policies of compliance with the Modern Slavery Act. We will not progress to working with any supplier which does not comply with the Act and all of our suppliers going through any tendering process have agreed that all employees, will be treated in line and in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act. Throughout the life cycle of our contracts we reserve the right to conduct audits on our supplier contracts and existing suppliers have been notified of our obligations under the Act.
Where possible, we expect suppliers to have suitable anti‐slavery and human trafficking policies and processes within their businesses and to cascade those policies to their suppliers.
Further Steps to be Undertaken and Ongoing Monitoring
We believe that the risk of slavery and human trafficking within our own organisation is substantially mitigated as a result of our strong collective sense of vision and purpose, our cultural values and commitment to ethical behaviour, supported by our policies and procedures.
We will continuously seek to develop our practices where possible and to work with our suppliers to be as certain as we can be that they hold the same values as us.