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Forward Role Modern Day Slavery Statement

Forward Role is not just a recruitment company - we’re an integral part of the marketing, digital and technology scene, our employees are genuine industry experts who care passionately about delivering for their clients and candidates, we create opportunities to change lives. We are therefore fully committed to preventing acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within our business and the supply chain.

We make clear that we expect our own people and everyone employed by our suppliers, whether permanent or temporary, to follow our Employee and Supplier Code of Conduct by treating everybody with respect and dignity at work and we believe employment should always be chosen. There must be no forced, bonded or involuntary labour. Employees must not be required to lodge monies or identity papers to be able to work and must be free to leave employment after the giving of reasonable notice.

By publishing this statement, we are showing the actions we have taken to mitigate modern slavery within our supply chain and the steps we intend to take.

Brian Johnson - Managing Director

Our Supply Chain

As a provider of recruitment services, our supply chain is relatively simple in comparison to many other industries.

We work with a small range of suppliers who provide services across a number of different categories, such as property and facilities management, IT and telecoms, marketing, legal and other services. Therefore, we have close relationships with our suppliers and good visibility of our supply chain.

Risk and Compliance

As our business is focused on the provision of recruitment services in respect of professional workers (rather than in relation to agriculture, retail or manufacturing, which are sectors that perceive to present a higher risk of labour exploitation and modern slavery), we do not consider that we operate in a particularly high risk sector. This evaluation process will continue to be reviewed as the business grows.

The nature and extent of the Company’s exposure to the risk of modern slavery occurring in the supply chain is assessed through an Internal Audit Function.

Our Policy on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Our Employees & Suppliers are required to comply with our Code of Conduct.

These policies show our commitment to acting ethically in our business dealings and relationships, implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our business and supply chain.

Due Diligence Processes for Slavery and Human Trafficking

Forward Role prohibits the use of all forms of forced labour and any form of human trafficking as set out in our Code of Conduct. We have a number of procedures in place in relation to our employees to proactively manage any risk, including robust recruitment processes in line with employment laws. Our employees all have access to private healthcare which includes a confidential helpline where they can report any issues they are facing.

As a business, we supply temporary/contract personnel to a number of clients. We take our obligations seriously in this respect and have well established and audited procedures to ensure that those temporary workers are protected from the risks of modern slavery. We ensure that temporary workers:

  • Have a right to work the duration of their assignment. This involves asking the individual directly to view their relevant identity documentation. If we find a delay or resistance in providing proof of identity and/or associated right to work documentation, this might indicate a modern slavery issue and would be escalated appropriately;

  • We take relevant references to ensure the individual is hired in a role that they have both the qualifications and experience to undertake the role;

  • Where required, we carry out background checks and ensure all contracts comply with all legal requirements regarding workers’ rights;

  • We check that such temporary personnel have a bank account in their own name into which their remuneration is paid, we will not pay remuneration to an account in a different name ;

  • We make our temporary personnel aware that while they are on assignment on our client’s premises, they are always free to leave their assignment; and

  • They receive compliant pay as determined by the Agency Workers Regulations 2011.

In addition, our employees are aware to support and uphold human rights principles and know that Forward Role will not tolerate, engage in or support the use of, forced labour.

Our Supply Chain

We map and assess our suppliers who provide goods and services directly to our business. We include due diligence queries to identify our potential suppliers’ approach to modern slavery and these assist in our determination of whether the supplier should be considered a suitable supplier.

If we were to find evidence that one of our suppliers has failed to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 then we would give the relevant supplier the opportunity to remedy such non-compliance, failing that, we would terminate our relationship with the supplier.

This approach is designed to:

  • Identify and assess potential risk areas in our UK supply chain;

  • Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in the supply chain;

  • Monitor potential risk areas in the supply chain; and

  • Provide adequate protection to whistle blowers.

Guidance, training and support on modern slavery matters is also provided to the all employees to help identify any modern slavery issues.

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