The Modern Slavery Act (MSA) 2015 covers:
Exercising powers of ownership over a person
The obligation to provide services is imposed by the use of coercion
Forced or Compulsory Labour
Work or services are exacted from a person under the menace of any penalty and for which the person has not offered themselves voluntarily
Arranging or facilitating the travel of another person with a view to their exploitation
This statement covers all four activities.
GWV Talent Solutions Limited recognises that all businesses have an obligation to prevent slavery and human trafficking and is committed to doing all it can to prevent slavery and human trafficking within our business and within the supply chains through which we operate.
As a recruitment business and as part of our Safeguarding Policy, we ensure that our staff are aware of the signs of exploitation within the many forms that it can take including trafficking of people, forced labour, servitude and slavery and are trained to take any action required immediately if it is identified within our business or supply chain. Employees have a responsibility under this policy and Directors will listen and be approachable to employees as well as act appropriately if they are told something that might indicate an exploitative situation.
This statement focuses specifically on GWV Talent Solutions Limited’s compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act) and highlights the steps we take to ensure there is no slavery or human trafficking occurring within the organisation or its supply chains.
We act as an employment business and an employment agency engaging in recruitment activity across the following areas:
Information Technology and Digital
Finance and Banking
Executive and Board Level
Hospitality and Leisure
Potential risks faced relating to slavery and human trafficking include engaging employees and recruiting candidates for clients and we manage these risks through this statement and safeguarding policy.
Our Supply Chains
Our supply chains include but are not limited to, sourcing candidates for clients. This may involve the use of external agencies for onward supply to end clients. All Suppliers are expected to aim for high ethical standards and to operate in a compliant and professional manner promoting similar standards within their own supply chain.
We thoroughly check supply chains to ensure the potential for slavery and human trafficking is significantly reduced and we tell companies that we do business with that we are not prepared to accept any form of exploitation.
Suppliers are required to have in place a policy which makes reference to the Modern Slavery Act recognising, respecting and protecting the human rights of their employees, those of their suppliers and business partners and the communities affected by their operations. Suppliers are asked by Gerrard White to supply a copy of their policy both at the commencement date of the relationship and on an annual review basis and are asked what policies and processes they have in place to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We make an effort to ensure that all our supplier contracts contain an anti-slavery clause confirming their compliance with the MSA,
All slavery and human trafficking laws must be complied with including, but not limited to, the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. Suppliers must ensure their business operations and supply chain are free from slavery and human trafficking practices whether in the UK or elsewhere, both internally and within other external business relationships. 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.
Due Diligence Process for Slavery and Human Trafficking
GWV Talent Solutions Limited ensures strict compliance checks are carried out for all candidates it supplies. We verify the identity of each worker and their right to work before supply commences.
Suppliers must adhere to our due diligence process to ensure compliance with legislation and compliance forms part of our contractual relationship with suppliers.
All GWV Talent Solutions Limited employees have access to channels where they are able to voice any concerns and GWV Talent Solutions Limited is committed to protecting employees when disclosing malpractice and will ensure that all disclosures made in good faith will be treated confidentially and without fear of retaliation.
All GWV Talent Solutions Limited staff are trained to comply with all legislation and regulations, acting in line with our core values of Integrity, Collaboration, Accountability, Resilience and Excellent and can access any additional information and support they may require with regard to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
This statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes GWV Talent Solutions Limited’s slavery and human trafficking statement in respect of its 2022 financial year.
Signed: Anthony Gerrard White
For and on behalf of GWV Talent Solutions Limited