The Modern Slavery Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 26th March 2015. It is designed to tackle slavery in the UK and consolidates previous offences relating to trafficking and slavery.
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’s 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 Pragnell, 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 fully support the government’s objectives to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking.
We call upon all suppliers we engage with to influence their global supply chains by improving transparency and accountability; and together we can help the government eradicate the injustice and brutality of modern slavery and human trafficking.
We have taken concrete steps to tackle modern slavery and have set 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.
Pragnell operates the following policies for identifying and preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operations:
• We encourage all employees, customers, and suppliers to report any suspicion of slavery or human trafficking without fear of reprisal. There are formal confidential channels in place should this be required.
• Code of Conduct - our code encourages employees to do the right thing by clearly stating the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing the business. We strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating abroad and managing our supply chain.
• Sanctioning suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with our requirements.
• We require all suppliers to attest that:
o They fully comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
o Are fully transparent, accountable, and auditable and are free from ethical ambiguities.
o They don't use any form of forced, compulsory or slave labour.
o Their employees work voluntarily and are entitled to leave work.
o They provide each employee with an employment contract that contains a reasonable notice period for terminating their employment.
o They don't require employees to post a deposit/bond and don't withhold their salaries for any reasons.
o They don't require employees to surrender their passports or work permits as a condition of employment.
We the undersigned agree we comply with the above requirements.