Part of being a responsible recruiter and employer is protecting the rights of employees.
That’s why we feel it’s our duty to be members of Stronger Together. This business led initiative aims to reduce modern slavery particularly forced labour, labour trafficking and other hidden third-party exploitation of workers. They provide guidance, training, resources and a network for employers, labour providers, workers and their representatives to work together to reduce exploitation.
Worker Exploitation includes:
- Forced labour and/or bonded labour
- Human Trafficking
- Hidden employment costs and underpayment of workers
- Denying of employer rights
- Rogue Landlords
Who is at risk and what are the numbers?
- Over 40m people worldwide are victims of modern slavery (this includes the sex trade and domestic servitude)
- 1 in 4 victims are children
- Numbers of referrals increased by 35% from 2016 to 2017
- 5000 potential victims referred to UK authorities in 2017
Anyone can be at risk, victims can be male, female, old, young, any nationality but usually are people that are vulnerable or in socially excluded groups and minority groups. UK nationals account for a high proportion of victims in the UK
Migrant workers often fall victim due to limited language, lack of knowledge, unsure of where/who to contact for help, withholding of documents such as passports and ID Cards
Worldwide, Modern Slavery and Labour Abuse is the second most profitable criminal industry behind only the drugs trade.
As part of our pledge to tackle modern slavery we are adopting a number of measures. These include:
- Holding a Gangmaster and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) licence (Food sector)
- Signed up to GLAA protocols in other sectors (Construction)
- Partnering with Stronger Together
- Training staff to understand Modern Slavery, how to recognise the signs and what action should be taken
- Ensuring we work in a compliant manner 100% of the time
- Providing internal staff with the means to report suspected cases of Modern Slavery
- Providing candidates with confidential means to report any issues they encounter, either personally or within their community and/or workplace
- Raising awareness by displaying and distributing posters and leaflets.
We have provided some useful information available to download for your reference.
For more information visit their website.
If you suspect someone is a victim of modern slavery or have information you can report it to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority on 0800 432 0804 or the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700 or at https://www.modernslaveryhelpline.org/report