Introduction

Modern slavery is a heinous crime and a morally reprehensible act that deprives one person’s liberty and dignity for another person’s gain.

It is a real problem for millions of people around the world, including many in developed countries, who are being kept and exploited in various forms of slavery. Every organisation is at risk of being involved in this crime through its own operations and its supply chain.

At Safer London we have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are fully committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operation and supply chain.

Our approach

We establish a relationship of trust and integrity with all our suppliers which is built on mutually beneficial factors. Our supplier selection and on-boarding procedures include due diligence in assessing the supplier’s reputation, respect for the law, compliance with health, safety and environmental standards and safeguarding arrangements and we check references before entering into any agreement.

We have not been made aware of any allegations of human trafficking/slavery activities against any of our current suppliers, but should we become aware of this we will act immediately against the supplier and report the allegations to the appropriate authorities.

Policies

Safer London has the following policies in place which can help identify and prevent slavery and human trafficking in our operations:

  • Whistleblowing Policy – we encourage all employees, customers and suppliers to report any suspicion of slavery or human trafficking without fear of retaliation and the policy allows them to do in confidence.
  • Code of Conduct – our code encourages employees to do the right thing by clearly stating the actions and behaviour expected of them.
  • Anti-Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy – we have protocols in place to ensure that appropriate checks are carried out when seeking out new suppliers or entering contracts which will help us identify possible issues of concern.
  • Procurement Policy – this sets out the checks required of any potential supplier to help us identify any issues of concern. We strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when managing our supply chain.

Supplier due diligence

We require all suppliers to attest that:

  • they don’t use any form of forced, compulsory or slave labour;
  • their employees work voluntarily and are entitled to leave work;
  • they provide each employee with an employment contract that contains a
  • reasonable notice period for terminating their employment;
  • they don’t require employees to post a deposit/bond and don’t withhold their
  • salaries for any reasons;
  • they don’t require employees to surrender their passports or work permits as a
  • condition of employment.
  • their sub-contractors and supply chain meet the same criteria

Awareness

Safer London ensures that all of its staff and volunteers are aware of this issue by sharing this Statement with them and publishing it on our external website.

We also include guidance on modern slavery and trafficking in our Safeguarding

Policies which are mandatory reading for all staff and specialist training is offered to staff who require it.