Vice Press is committed to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the abolition of modern slavery and human trafficking.
As an equal opportunities’ employer, we are committed to creating and ensuring a non-discriminatory and respectful working environment for our staff. We want all our staff to feel confident that they can expose wrongdoing without any risk to themselves.
Our recruitment and people management processes are designed to ensure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the UK and to safeguard employees from any abuse or coercion.
We do not enter into business with any organisation, in the UK or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to be involved in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.
Our Supply Chain
Due to the nature of our business, we assess ourselves to have a low risk of modern slavery in our business and supply chains. Our supply chains are limited and we procure goods and services from a restricted range of UK and overseas suppliers.
We have in place systems to mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains, allowing us to access, identify, address and monitor risk areas. We assess the risk of slavery or human trafficking occurring in our supply chains and apply enhanced checks where higher risks are identified by seeking declaration that they meet appropriate requirements and ask them to give information on their working practices.
Embedding the Principles
We will continue to embed the principles through:
- Provide awareness training to staff on the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and informing them of the appropriate action to take if they suspect a case of slavery or human trafficking
- Ensuring staff involved in procurement activity are aware of and follow modern slavery procurement guidance on GOV.UK
- Ensuring that consideration of the modern slavery risks and prevention are added to Vice Press ‘policy review process as an employer and procurer of goods and services
- Making sure our procurement strategies and contract terms and conditions include references to modern slavery and human trafficking
- Continuing to act to embed a zero-tolerance policy towards modern slavery
- Ensuring that staff involved in buying or procurement and the recruitment of workers receive training on modern slavery and ethical employment practices
- Reviewing the modern slavery policy yearly
Matthew Ferguson and James Henshaw
Directors for Vice Press Limited, August 1st 2023