Modern Slavery Policy
Introduction from the CEO
We are committed to acting in an ethical manner and are aware of our moral obligation to assist in eradicating modern slavery and human trafficking.
We regularly review and improve our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking and are keen to work with our recruitment agency partners, consulting companies, end user clients and staff to eradicate this practice in the United Kingdom.
We are aware that by taking a best practice approach, this will aid in combatting slavery and human trafficking and ensure that as a business we respect people and the communities in which they live. In addition, it is essential that our suppliers understand and appreciate the standards of business conduct expected of any company that we do business with and we only seek to engage with reputable organisations.
We work in partnership with the healthcare sector to help improve the ways in which they manage their temporary workforce/placements. We have over 40 employees in the UK and operate primarily in the United Kingdom with our head office being in Warrington.
Our business is organised into two business units:
- Plus Us Medical Care Services Limited – A business supplying personnel to the healthcare sector in the UK both directly to NHS end clients and via recruitment businesses.
- Plus Us Workforce Services LLP – an accountancy practice providing specialist temporary labour management services to NHS organisations throughout the UK.
Our supply chains
Our supply chains include the below who operate in the healthcare sector within the UK and have a requirement for medical services and/or personnel:
- Recruitment Businesses
- Consultancy Companies
Our policies on slavery and human trafficking
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Modern Slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere within our supply chains.
Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk, we only engaged skilled workers and undergo a ‘Ways of Working’ consultation with all the workers we engage. This allows us to determine whether the worker is intending to provide their services as an employee or on a self-employed basis. We provide advice on each way of working in order to ensure the worker is comfortable operating in such a manner. As part of our process, we ensure that employees are no under undue influence from any third parties to accept employment with us and ensure that individuals are entering into contracts under their own freewill.
We ensure that ‘Right to Work Checks’ are undertaken and maintain a heightened ‘Know Your Client’ process for all overseas nationals looking to secure work in the UK without discriminating against any workers on the basis of their race, nationality, caste, creed or colour.
We have in place processes and systems to:
- Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains with the use of an escalation process through our Compliance Team;
- Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains;
- Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains;
- Report potential instances of modern slavery and human trafficking; and
- Protect whistle blowers.
Supplier adherence to our ethics
We have zero tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking and we are keen to ensure that all those in our supply chain comply with our ethics.
We have a dedicated Compliance Team, which consists of senior personnel from legal and accountancy businesses within the overall group and this team will field any queries or comments from suppliers, customers, employees or regulators in relation to our approach to combatting slavery and human trafficking.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide ongoing training to our staff and in particular to those who are responsible for purchasing and human resourcing. Training is also provided to all new employees to ensure they are aware of our stance on preventing slavery and human trafficking within the businesses and supply chains and how to identify if someone is being trafficked.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30 September 2018.
Chief Executive Officer
Date: March 2019