Anti-Bribery & Modern Slavery
1. POLICY STATEMENT – ANTI-BRIBERY
1.1 It is our policy to conduct all of our business in an honest and ethical manner. We take a zero-tolerance approach to bribery and corruption and are committed to acting professionally, fairly and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships.
1.2 Any employee who breaches this policy will face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for gross misconduct. Any non-employee who breaches this policy may have their contract terminated with immediate effect.
2. WHO MUST COMPLY WITH THIS POLICY?
This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives, and business partners.
3. WHAT IS BRIBERY?
3.1 Bribe means a financial or other inducement or reward for action which is illegal, unethical, a breach of trust or improper in any way. Bribes can take the form of money, gifts, loans, fees, hospitality, services, discounts, the award of a contract or any other advantage or benefit.
3.2 Bribery includes offering, promising, giving, accepting, or seeking a bribe.
3.3 All forms of bribery are strictly prohibited. If you are unsure about whether a particular act constitutes bribery, raise it with the managing director.
3.4 Specifically, you must not: (a) give or offer any payment, gift, hospitality, or other benefit in the expectation that a business advantage will be received in return, or to reward any business received; (b) accept any offer from a third party that you know, or suspect is made with the expectation that we will provide a business advantage for them or anyone else.
4. GIFTS AND HOSPITALITY
4.1 This policy does not prohibit the giving or accepting of reasonable and appropriate hospitality for legitimate purposes such as building relationships, maintaining our image or reputation, or marketing our products and services.
4.2 A gift or hospitality will not be appropriate if it is unduly lavish or extravagant or could be seen as an inducement or reward for any preferential treatment (for example, during contractual negotiations or a tender process).
4.3 Gifts must be of an appropriate type and value depending on the circumstances and taking account of the reason for the gift. Gifts must not include cash or cash equivalent (such as vouchers) or be given in secret. Gifts must be given in our name, not your name.
5.1 You must declare and keep a written record of all hospitality or gifts given or received.
5.2 All accounts, invoices, and other records relating to dealings with third parties including suppliers and customers should be prepared with strict accuracy and completeness. Accounts must not be kept ‘off-book’ to facilitate or conceal improper payments.
6. HOW TO RAISE A CONCERN
If you are offered a bribe, or are asked to make one, or if you suspect that any bribery, corruption, or other breach of this policy has occurred or may occur, you must inform the managing director as soon as possible.
7. POLICY STATEMENT – MODERN SLAVERY
7.1 Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery.
8. RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE POLICY
8.1 The director has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it.
9. COMPLIANCE WITH THE POLICY
9.1 You must ensure that you read, understand, and comply with this policy.
9.2 The prevention, detection, and reporting of modern slavery in any part of our business or supply chains is the responsibility of all those working for us or under our control. You are required to avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this policy.
9.3 You must notify your manager as soon as possible if you believe or suspect that a conflict with this policy has occurred or may occur in the future.
9.4 You are encouraged to raise concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any parts of our business or supply chains of any supplier tier at the earliest possible stage.
9.5 If you believe or suspect a breach of this policy has occurred or that it may occur you must notify the director as soon as possible.
9.6 We aim to encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken. We are committed to ensuring no one suffers any detrimental treatment as a result of reporting in good faith their suspicion that modern slavery of whatever form is or may be taking place in any part of our own business or in any of our supply chains. Detrimental treatment includes dismissal, disciplinary action, threats, or other unfavourable treatment connected with raising a concern.
10. COMMUNICATION AND AWARENESS OF THIS POLICY
10.1 Our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery must be communicated to all suppliers, contractors, and business partners at the outset of our business relationship with them and reinforced as appropriate thereafter.
11. BREACHES OF THIS POLICY
11.1 Any employee who breaches this policy will face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct.
11.2 We may terminate our relationship with other individuals and organisations working on our behalf if they breach this policy.
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