This statement is made as part of SD4U’s commitment to eliminating the exploitation of people under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act). It summarises how SD4U operates, the policies and processes in place to minimise the possibility of any problems, any risks we have identified and how we monitor them, and how we train our staff.
This statement is published in accordance with section 54 of the Act, and relates to the financial year 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023. It was approved by the Board of Directors on 29 March 2022.
SD4U is a limited company operating in the recruitment sector. We supply temporary workers in the logistics sector.
SD4U is an independent business
Who we work with
All the hirers that we work with, and all the work-seekers we provide, are known to and identified by our staff. All the temporary workers we supply are identified by our staff.
The hiring companies that we work with are located in the Midlands. The work seekers and workers we supply live in the Midlands.
As part of our business, we also work with the following organisations:
- sector-specific professional and regulatory bodies
- sector-specific industry bodies
- the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (www.rec.uk.com) and the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (www.rec-irp.uk.com)
SD4U has a modern slavery policy.
In addition, SD4U has policies which incorporate ethical standards for our staff.
Policy development and review
SD4U’s policies are established by our directors based on advice from HR professionals, industry best practice and legal advice, and in consultation with other stakeholders. We review our policies on a regular basis or as needed to adapt to changes.
Our Processes for Managing Risk
In order to assess the risk of modern slavery, we use the following processes with our suppliers:
- When engaging with suppliers, we ask for evidence of their processes and policies, including commitments around modern slavery, human trafficking, forced labour, human rights, and whistle- blowing.
- We review the potential for risk at regular intervals, including the possibility of re-auditing a supplier or conducting spot checks.
- After due consideration, we have not identified any significant risks of modern slavery, forced labour, or human trafficking in our supply chain. However, we continue to be alert to the potential for problems.
- Additionally, we have taken the following steps to minimise the possibility of any problems:
- We reserve the right to conduct spot-checks of the businesses who supply us, in order to investigate any complaints.
- We require the businesses we work with to publish a modern slavery statement.
- We collaborate with our suppliers in order to improve standards and transparency across our supply chain.
- Only senior members of staff who have undergone appropriate training for assessing modern slavery risks in the supply chain are authorised to sign contracts and establish commercial relationships in any area where we have identified the potential for risk.
- We ensure that all of our suppliers are members of appropriate industry bodies and working groups.
- We will work with all organisations in order to combat the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking.
- Our staff are encouraged to bring any concerns they have to the attention of management.
Based on the potential risks we have identified, we have also established the following key performance indicators, which are regularly assessed by our Directors:
- the percentage of suppliers who provide their own modern slavery statements
- the effectiveness of enforcement against suppliers who breach policies
- the amount of time spent on audits, re-audits, spot checks, and related due diligence
- the level of modern slavery training and awareness amongst our staff
We benchmark our indicators against industry best practice, in order to ensure that we do not put undue pressure on our suppliers that might increase the potential for risk.
All of our staff receive training and support that is appropriate to their role. In particular:
- Our Leadership Team receive detailed training in identifying and resolving concerns around modern slavery and human trafficking.
- Our HR Personnel undertake training courses that include guidance around modern slavery and human trafficking, as well as other wider human rights issues.
- All of our staff receive awareness-raising information around issues involving modern slavery and human trafficking, so that they can bring any concerns they have to the attention of management.
As part of this, our staff are encouraged to discuss any concerns that they have. Training is refreshed regularly.