This annual statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and set out the steps that Whitestone Cleaning have taken and continue to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
In accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, Whitestone Cleaning is committed to a work environment that is free from human trafficking, forced labour and unlawful child labour (collectively “human trafficking and slavery”). It also strongly believes that it has a responsibility for promoting ethical and lawful employment practices.
Accordingly, Whitestone Cleaning will not knowingly use unlawful child labour or forced labour in any of the utilities and/or other commodities, products and/or services it provides, nor will it accept commodities, products and/or services from suppliers that employ or utilise child labour or forced labour.
Human trafficking and slavery are crimes under UK and international law. These crimes exist in countries throughout the world. This policy statement thus defines Whitestone Cleaning’s commitment to ensuring that human trafficking and slavery does not exist within its own business, but also provides how Whitestone Cleaning will make efforts to eradicate the same from other businesses with whom it shall maintain a relationship (and especially from within its supply chain).
Whitestone Cleaning has appointed one or more of its Directors’ as its senior compliance officer(s) (its Anti- Slavery and Human Trafficking Officers) and will take appropriate steps to ensure not only its own compliance but also that these requirements are followed by its suppliers, subcontractors and/or business partners (collectively by its “Suppliers”) globally.
All Suppliers are therefore required to adhere to the following:
Human Trafficking: the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitation.
Forced Labour: all work or service, not voluntarily performed, that is obtained from an individual under the threat of force or penalty.
Harmful Child Labour: consists of the employment of children that is economically exploitative, or is likely to be hazardous to, or interfere with, the child’s education, or to be harmful to the child’s health, or physical, mental, spiritual, moral, or social development.
Suppliers will certify compliance with this Policy and there adherence to relevant human trafficking and slavery laws in each of the relevant countries in which they operate.
Upon request, Suppliers must be able to demonstrate compliance with this Policy to the reasonable satisfaction of Whitestone Cleaning. Whitestone Cleaning may perform periodic audits on this Policy and Suppliers are expected to fully co-operate with any such audit and processes.
Any breach of this Policy (including by a Supplier) can be reported (in confidence, if required) by contacting Whitestone Cleaning’s Director (in his capacity as Whitestone Cleaning’s Anti- Slavery and Human Trafficking Officer. The Director can be contacted at email@example.com.
Whitestone Cleaning takes any breach of this Policy extremely seriously.
Suppliers who are found to have or be engaging in human trafficking and slavery or which refuse to co-operate with any audit to verify compliance with this Policy will be liable to have any supply agreement, arrangement or other contract with Whitestone Cleaning terminated immediately, without compensation.
If a Supplier to Whitestone Cleaning is found in violation of this policy, Whitestone Cleaning will take prompt action which may include terminating any supply agreement, arrangement or other contract with that Supplier (as above). It shall also take such other (remedial) steps as the Anti- Slavery and Human Trafficking Officer shall determine to be necessary to address the violation and seek to prevent its reoccurrence.