Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

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. Essential Site Skills has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business. 

Essential Site Skills is also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and that of others and in our approach to tackling modern slavery, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We expect the same high standards from all of our staff, employers, learners, suppliers and other business partners. As part of our contract processes, we will include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.

The Modern Slavery (Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking) Policy interacts with the following workplace policies and procedures. Staff are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the policies detailed below.

  • Whistleblowing policy
  • Safeguarding policy

The Board of Directors have overall responsibility for ensuring the policy with the senior management team; and managers have day to day responsibility to ensure compliance with our legal and ethical obligation. The HR Manager has primary and day-to-day responsibility for implementing this policy, monitoring its use and effectiveness, dealing with any queries about it, and auditing internal control systems and procedures to ensure they are effective in countering modern slavery.

Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with the policy and are given adequate and regular training.