Anti – Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy

Modern day slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain”.

Human trafficking involves men, women and children being brought into a situation of exploitation through the use of violence, deception or coercion and forced to work against their will. People can be trafficked for many different forms of exploitation such as forced prostitution, forced labour, forced begging, forced criminality, domestic servitude, forced marriage, forced organ removal”.

Policy Statement

This policy sets out Premier Partnerships actions to identify all potential modern slavery risks related to its core business in the supply of training and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business or supply chain.

Premier Partnership maintains relationships with many different organisations in its supply chain, including sole traders and company associates as well as direct employment of people. In the light of the general law on employment and human rights and, more specifically, the Modern Slavery Act 2015, Premier Partnership remains absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its role as a training provider and also in the supply chain that support it’s services.

Accordingly, Premier Partnership expects all Employees, Consultants, Associates and Suppliers who have, or seek to have, a business relationship with the company, to be in full agreement with our Anti-Slavery Policy as it is fundamental in the on-boarding of suppliers to the company’s supply chain. The company further expects that suppliers will act at all times in a way which is consistent with the Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy for the whole duration of the business relationship. Where necessary and if required, Premier Partnership may request demonstration of compliance with this policy.

Responsibilities

Premier Partnership’s HR department will liaise with other relevant departments such as the Quality Assurance and Resource to ensure that risk analysis and investigations/due diligence in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking is carried out as required. Verification may be sought from suppliers as part of the companies on-boarding procedure.

HR will also ensure that employees are given adequate and regular training on the issue of modern slavery in order that everyone understands and complies with this policy and is aware of the reporting procedures should concerns arise. The companies’ policy on whistleblowing encourages all its workers, customers and other business to alert and report issues that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking.

The Company’s whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for employees to make disclosures, without fear of reprisal. Employees who have concerns can refer to the Group’s Whistleblowing Policy which is available in the Company SharePoint system. The nature of the complaint will determine the company’s next course of action.

Personnel responsible for recruitment activities in any of the company’s departments or teams are advised to adhere to this policy by ensuring that strict verification of potential employee’s right to work is carried out before any offer of employment is made. For continuity and consistency Premier Partnership expects that all suppliers adhere to the same recruitment practices. Where necessary and if required, we may again request demonstration of compliance with this policy.

This policy on modern slavery will be communicated to all suppliers, contractors and business partners at appropriate points during our business relationship with them and reinforced as appropriate thereafter.