Modern Slavery Statement for financial year 2022/2023
This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Harrier LLC has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Harrier LLC has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all areas of the business and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
We recognise our responsibility for upholding and protecting the rights of our employees and other individuals whom we deal with in all aspects of our operations. We believe a culture of respect for human rights is embedded throughout our business and that employees feel valued.
Harrier LLC is a leading digital and personalised print business located in Newton Abbot, Devon.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
- Anti-slavery policy. This policy sets out the organisation’s stance on modern slavery and explains how employees can identify any instances of this and where they can go for help.
- Recruitment policy. We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
- Whistleblowing policy. We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
- Ethical Trading Initiative. This policy explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.
Harrier LLC has a supplier policy and maintains a preferred supplier list. We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. This due diligence may include an online search to ensure that particular organisation has never been convicted of offenses relating to modern slavery and on site audits of companies deemed to be high risk, which include a review of working conditions.
We are putting in place systems, which are intended to:
- Identify parts of our supply chains that could potentially be at risk of slavery or human trafficking
- Insert appropriate commitments into contracts with new suppliers
- Add commitments into contracts with existing suppliers, when those contracts come up for review or renewal
Our anti-slavery policy will form part of our contracts with suppliers and they will be required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy by confirming to us that:
- They have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their business
- They hold their own suppliers to account over modern slavery
- (For UK based suppliers) They pay their employees at least the national minimum wage / national living wage (as appropriate)
- (For international suppliers) They pay their employees any prevailing minimum wage applicable within their country of operations
- We may terminate the contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light
We will conduct regular training and awareness for our procurement/buying teams so that they understand the signs of modern slavery and what to do if they suspect that it is taking place within our supply chain. We are also introducing awareness training via e learning for our management teams across to business so they understand what to do if they suspect an employee is a victim of modern slavery.
Our performance indicators
We will regularly assess the effectiveness of these systems, to ensure that they meet our objectives, and to determine whether further steps are required.
We will know the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain if:
- No reports are received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.
Approval for this statement
The Chief Executive approved this statement on 22nd September 2023