Modern slavery is a heinous crime and a morally reprehensible act that deprives a 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 company is at risk of being involved in this crime through its own operations and its supply chain.
At The CPR Group C.I.C., we have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and are fully committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operation and supply chain. We have taken concrete steps to tackle modern slavery, as outlined in our statement. This statement sets out the actions that we have taken to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to our business, and to implement steps to prevent slavery and human trafficking during the financial year 2021.
Our business and supply chains
- The CPR Group C.I.C.
- We act as a bridge to provide schools,councils,governments and charities with a vital link, that delivers wellbeing support,help and advice to families,adults and young people across UK communities.
- Throughout the United Kingdom
We establish a relationship of trust and integrity with all our suppliers, which is built upon mutually beneficial factors. Our supplier selection and on-boarding procedure includes due diligence of the supplier’s reputation, respect for the law, compliance with health, safety and environmental standards, and references.
[We haven’t been made aware of any allegations of human trafficking/slavery activities against any of our suppliers, but if we were, then we would act immediately against the supplier and report it to the authorities.]
In the past year, we conducted a risk assessment of our supply chain by taking into account:
- The risk profile of individual countries based on the Global Slavery Index
- The business services rendered by the suppliers
- The presence of vulnerable demographic groups
- A news analysis and the insights of labour and human rights groups
This assessment will determine our response and the risk controls that we implement.
The CPR Group C.I.C. operates the following policies for identifying and preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operations:
- Whistleblowing Policy – we encourage all employees, customers and suppliers to report anysuspicion of slavery or human trafficking without fear of retaliation. We provide aconfidential helpline to protect the identity of whistle-blowers.
- Code of Conduct – our code encourages employees to do the right thing by clearly stating theactions and behaviour expected of them when representing the business. We strive tomaintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operatingabroad and managing our supply chain.
- Purchasing Code – we have updated our Purchasing Code and supplier contracts to makeexplicit reference to slavery and human trafficking.
Supplier due diligence
The CPR Group C.I.C. conducts due diligence on all new suppliers during on-boarding and on existing suppliers at regular intervals. This includes:
- Assessing risks in the provision of particular services
- Auditing the suppliers, and their health and safety standards, labour relations and employeecontracts
- Requiring improvements to substandard employment practices
- Sanctioning suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with our requirements
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 noticeperiod for terminating their employment
- They don’t require employees to post a deposit/bond and don’t withhold their salaries forany reasons
- They don’t require employees to surrender their passports or work permits as a condition ofemployment
The CPR Group C.I.C.has raised awareness of modern slavery issues by putting up posters across our facilities and sending an email that is focused specifically on modern slavery to all our staff, which explains:
- Our commitment in the fight against modern slavery
- Red flags for potential cases of slavery or human trafficking
- How employees should report suspicions of modern slavery
In addition to the awareness programme, The CPR Group C.I.C. has rolled out a fresh e-learning course to all employees and supplier contacts, which covers:
- Various forms of modern slavery in which people can be held and exploited
- The size of the problem and the risk to our organisation
- How employees can identify the signs of slavery and human trafficking, includingunrealistically low prices
- How employees should respond if they suspect slavery or human trafficking
- How suppliers can escalate potential slavery or human trafficking issues to the relevantpeople within their own organisation
- What external help is available for the victims of slavery
- What terms and guidance should be provided to suppliers in relation to slavery policies andcontrols
- What steps ABC plc will take if a supplier fails to implement anti-slavery policies or controls
- An attestation from employees that they will abide by ABC plc’s anti-slavery policy
Measuring how we’re performing
The CPR Group C.I.C. has defined a set of key performance indicators and controls to combat modern slavery and human trafficking in our organisation and supply chain. These include:
- How many employees have completed mandatory training?
- How many suppliers have filled out our ethics questionnaire?
- How many suppliers have rolled out an awareness and training programme that isequivalent to ours?
- How many reports have been made by our employees that indicate their awareness of andsensitivity to ethical issues?
- What are the findings of our cross-functional Human Rights team, which reviews how we areaddressing modern slavery and human trafficking?
This statement covers 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 and has been approved by the board of The CPR Group C.I.C. at the board meeting on 26/3/2021.