The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires large employers to be transparent about their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chain. The act makes provisions about slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour and about human trafficking, including provision for the protection of victims. In accordance with the act, this statement articulates our policies and practices around recognising and preventing human trafficking and slavery in the global supply chain.
This statement is published in accordance with section 54 of the Act and relates to the financial year January 2020 to December 2020. It was approved by the Board of Directors on 22nd January 2020.
Encore Personnel is a limited company operating in the recruitment sector and supply over 4500 ‘blue collar’ workers to 600 clients every week. We employ 206 staff in 45 business units and onsite locations throughout the UK. Our workers are recruited from throughout the EU and employed in the UK. From time to time, when skill shortages are particularly acute, Encore might recruit directly from the EU whilst always advertising vacancies in the UK.
Encore Personnel is an independent business.
All of the hirers that we work with, and all of the work-seekers we provide, are known to and identified by our staff. All of the temporary workers we supply are identified by our staff.
Encore Personnel has a modern slavery policy. In addition, Encore Personnel has the following policies which incorporate ethical standards for our staff.
Encore Personnel’s policies are established by our senior leadership team, based on advice from HR professionals, industry best practice and legal advice, and in consultation with our directors and compliance team. We review our policies on a regular basis, or as needed to adapt to changes.
We are licensed labour providers under the provisions of the Gangmaster Licencing Act 2004 and accordingly adhere to the main standards.
The standards are all legal requirements to protect workers from poor treatment and exploitation. They cover issues such as working hours, training, terms and conditions, the national minimum and living wage and transport to ensure labour providers meet the basic safety and welfare standards. (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2004/11/introduction)
There are eight standards covering the following subject areas:
As such we adhere to these eight standards which collectively address our commitment to human rights and the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.
Sedex is a not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to driving improvements in ethical and responsible business practices in global supply chains. – (See more at: http://www.sedexglobal.com/about-sedex/#sthash.0pJBBoRq.dpuf)
Sedex has two main aims:
Sedex does not mean that we have met any ethical standards, but it does mean that we have committed to continuous improvement.
Encore Personnel are members of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). The REC Code of Professional Practice has been created to ensure that all members of the REC conduct their business ethically, to the highest standards and promote good practice. It is binding on all corporate members.
Encore Personnel adheres to the REC Code, which requires basic statutory compliance as well as higher ethical standards in 10 principles.
By adopting the guidance of the Stronger Together organisation all of our recruiters observe (and monitor sub-contractor’s activity) the following practices to assess and manage risks:
Our Central Service function uses the following indicators to measure the effectiveness in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in the business or our supply chains:
We adhere to standards of responsible conduct and train employees to treat each other with respect, and to adhere to laws, regulations and standards. Training, referencing practices detailed above, is undertaken:
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