Modern slavery is a global issue within today’s society and is not industry specific. It occurs in many forms but the main, key characteristics which distinguish slavery and violate a person’s human rights are as follows:
Forced to work – through mental or physical threat
Owned or controlled by an ‘employer’, usually through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse
Dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’
Physically constrained or has restrictions placed on his/her freedom of movement
At Winhurst Recruitment, we are committed to tackling this issue by the following:
Ensuring legal compliance and lawful practice
Ensuring that we exceed the requirements of the ‘National Living Wage’
Striving to value each employee and make sure that their time at Winhurst Recruitment is enjoyable, fulfilling and successful.
Winhurst Recruitment has a zero tolerance policy to modern day slavery in every aspect of how business is conducted.
Winhurst Recruitment are in an Independent Recruiter with 1 employee, Jo Richardson who is also the Director and Owner of the business with 1 office based in the UK. Given the nature of the business, we believe that there is a very low risk that slavery or human trafficking would have any connection with our business however we have made a commitment to ensure that we are doing everything we can to reduce any risk of this occurring.
Our Processes for Managing Risk
Our recruitment takes place through a combination of direct advertising on our website, job boards, LinkedIn, networking and recruitment agencies. We only use reputable employment agencies who we have worked with for a number of years and we set standard terms and conditions of business with each agency we deal with.
Fair Pay - Winhurst Recruitment commit to ensuring that any employees in the future, or any future contracted staff will receive a fair salary for the job they perform within the business and ensure that all employees are paid above the national living wage at the time of employment.
UK Supply Chain - As we operate on an “Introductory” basis, Winhurst Recruitment don’t employ anyone through the business. We have a small range of suppliers who provide goods and services. If we were to find any evidence that one of our suppliers had failed to comply with the Modern Slavery Act of 2015, we would terminate our contract with them.
Whistleblowing - Winhurst Recruitment encourage all of its future employees, contracted staff and other business partners to report any concerns they may have related to slavery/human trafficking.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Group's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st March 2019 and was approved by the Director of Winhurst Recruitment in June 2018.