This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Valley Education Services Ltd (VES) has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
VES has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
VES consists of the acting with integrity provision of Supply Teachers and Educational Temporary Workers across Wales. The VES head office is based in Merthyr Tydfil with additional offices in Llantrisant and Swansea, and solely operates in Wales.
Our high-risk areas
VES considers its exposure to slavery and human trafficking to be limited. However, it’s main exposure to the risk of slavery and human trafficking lies with its material suppliers. Some products may involve the provision of labour in a country where protection against breaches of human rights may be limited i.e China. VES expects all its suppliers to evidence their compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
VES recognises that modern slavery consists of:
VES commits to tackling modern slavery and complying with the provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. VES acknowledges that both it’s internal practices and it’s supply chains require regular reviews.
VES operates several internal policies to ensure that it’s conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
VES conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a supplier. This due diligence includes an online search to ensure that organisation has never been convicted of offenses relating to modern slavery. VES’ anti-slavery policy forms part of its contract with all suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.
In addition to the above, as part of its contract with suppliers, it requires that they confirm:
Where possible VES forms strong working relationships with local suppliers who can be made aware of its expectations with regards to anti-slavery and human trafficking policies.
VES operates a zero-tolerance policy towards modern slavery and regularly conducts training for its team so that they understand the signs of modern slavery and what to do if they suspect that it is taking place within its supply chain. Modern slavery forms part of the induction process which all employees must undergo.
VES have taken the following steps to ensure modern slavery is not taking place:
Our performance indicators
VES will know the effectiveness of the steps that it is taking to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within its business or supply chain if:
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