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Modern Slavery Statement

Acting with integrity

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.

Our business

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.

Our Commitment

VES recognises that modern slavery consists of:

  • Human trafficking
  • Servitude forced or compulsory labour or facilitating their travel with the intention of exploiting them soon after
  • Being treated as a commodity (including being bought or sold as property)
  • Being physically restrained or having a restriction placed on freedom of movement.

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:

  1. Anti-slavery policy
  2. Recruitment policy
  3. Whistleblowing policy
  4. Bribery Act Policy
  5. Ethical Business Practice Policy
  6. Code of business conduct

Our suppliers

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:

  1. They have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their business
  2. They hold their own suppliers to account over modern slavery
  3. (For UK based suppliers) They pay their employees at least the national minimum wage / national living wage (as appropriate)
  4. (For international suppliers) They pay their employees any prevailing minimum wage applicable within their country of operations
  5. We may terminate the contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light

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.

Training

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:

  • Right to work checks completed at recruitment stage, in line with its recruitment policy
  • Ensuring the minimum employment age is adhered to
  • Always apply national minimum wage thresholds, in line with the relevant legislation
  • Encourage any concerns to be reported and protect whistle blowers

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:

  • No reports are received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.

 

 

Updated: 1st October 2019  

Review date: 1st October 2020 

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