1. Policy Statement
Modern 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. 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 to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or our supply chain.
Accordingly, Unifii will not knowingly use unlawful child labour or forced labour in any of the products and/or services it provides, nor will it accept commodities, products and/or services from suppliers that employ or utilize child labour or forced labour.
We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chain. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners. This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, agents, contractors, external consultants, third party representatives and business partners.
This policy does not form part of any employee’s contract of employment and is updated each financial year.
2. Responsibilities for the policy
The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for ensuring that this policy complies with the Company’s legal and ethical obligations. The Company Secretary has day-to-day responsibility for implementing this policy, monitoring its use and effectiveness and auditing internal control systems and policies and procedures to ensure they are effective in preventing or remediating the risk of modern slavery. They are also responsible for investigating allegations of modern slavery in the Company’s business or supply chains.
Line managers are responsible for ensuring that those reporting to them understand and comply with this policy.
The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any part of the Unifii’s business or supply chains, whether in the UK or abroad, is the responsibility of all those working for Unifii or under Unifii’s control. You are required to avoid any activity that might lead to a breach of this policy.
If you believe or suspect a breach of or conflict with this policy has occurred or may occur, you must notify your line manager. You are encouraged to raise concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any part of Unifii’s business or supply chains as soon as possible. If you are unsure about whether a particular act, the treatment of workers or their working conditions within any of Unifii’s supply chains constitutes any of the various forms of modern slavery, please raise it with your line manager. You can also contact the Government’s Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700 for further information and guidance on modern slavery.
Unifii aims 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 or victimisation as a result of reporting in good faith their suspicion that modern slavery is or may be taking place in any part of its business or in any of its supply chains.
4. Training and communication
Regular training on this policy, and on the risk that the business faces from modern slavery in its supply chains, will be provided to employees as necessary, so that they know how to identify exploitation and modern slavery and how to report suspected cases.
Unifii’s zero tolerance approach to modern slavery must be communicated to all suppliers, contractors and other business partners when entering into new or renewed contracts with them.
5. Breach of this policy
Any employee who breaches this policy will face disciplinary action, up to and including summary dismissal for gross misconduct.
Unifii may terminate its commercial relationship with suppliers, contractors and other business partners if they breach this policy and/or are found to have been involved in modern slavery