Modern Slavery Policy
This policy is issued in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 for Environmental Essentials Ltd having its registered office at Unit 3, Arlington Court, Silverdale Enterprise Park, Cannel Row, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire ST5 6SS, and Company number 05097507.
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms such as, slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. It’s recognised that this is a global and growing issue, which can exist in all economies and business sectors. The Modern Slavery Act is an important piece of legislation which seeks to provide protection to vulnerable workers, respect their human rights, drive transparency throughout the supply chain and ensure the supply chain is both slavery and trafficking free.
Our Policy on Slavery and Human Trafficking
As a trusted and responsible Company, we have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery, and we are 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 we prevent and human trafficking taking place within our business and supply chains.
We are 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.
The company expects the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers, and other business partners, and as part of our contracting processes, we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including all Environmental Essential Ltd employees’ contractors, sub-contractors, vendors, suppliers, partners, and others through whom Environmental Essentials Ltd conducts business must not engage in any practice that constitutes trafficking in persons or slavery.
This policy does not form part of any employee’s contract of employment, and we may amend it at any time.
Responsibility for the policy
The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it.
The commercial team has primary and day-to-day responsibility for implementing this policy, alongside the HR team, 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.
Line managers 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
All employees are expected to read, understand, and comply with this policy at all times.
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. Individuals are required to avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this policy.
Employees must notify their manager as soon as possible if they believe or suspect that a conflict with this policy has occurred or may occur in the future. Additionally, individuals 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 and individual believes or suspects a breach of this policy has occurred or that it may occur, they must notify their manager or report it in accordance with our Whistleblowing Policy as soon as possible.
If individuals 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 your manager or the HR team.
The company aim to encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken. 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.
Communication and awareness of this policy
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, and regular training will be provided as necessary. The company’s 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.
Any employee who breaches this policy may face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct.
The company may terminate our relationship with other individuals and organisations working on our behalf if they breach this policy.
Approved by James Riley –Executive Director
Date of review: May 2023
Review date: May 2025