Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement relates to actions and activities for Tripod Partners Ltd during the financial year 01st October 2020 to 30th September 2021.
The statement sets down Tripod Partners Ltd commitment to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our business activities and the steps we have put in place with the aim of ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our own business and supply chains. We all have a duty to be alert to risks, however small. Staff are expected to report their concerns and management to act upon them.
Organisational Structure and Supply Chains
This statement covers the business activities of Tripod Partners Ltd which are as follows:
Tripod Partners is a Private Limited Company operating as an Employment Business providing the specialist supply of Temporary, Interim, and Permanent/International Permanent staffing solutions to the Health & Social Care sector. This includes Local Authority, NHS, and Private Sector bodies/organisations. Engagements for the provision of Temporary Workers are either direct with the end Client, or via a Framework, Neutral Vendor, or Master Vendor contract arrangement. The Temporary Worker assignment is facilitated either directly by Tripod Partners as an employee, or via an Umbrella Service, or a Personal Service Company.
The Company currently services the entire UK, in addition to providing Permanent International Recruitment Services to Australia. All Temporary Staff supplied hold residency and work eligibility within the UK. All Permanent staff sourced and provided to work in either the UK or Australia are vetted to ensure correct work and residency eligibility is in place.
To ensure a good understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains, the Company requires all staff to attend an Induction upon employment, which outlines expectations and responsibilities in relation to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking and are actively encouraged to bring any suspicions or concerns to the attention of Tripod partners’ Senior Management. Refresher training is conducted throughout the course of the year and upon receipt of relevant legislative updates.
The Company is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our business or our supply chains. This Statement affirms its intention to act ethically in our business relationships. Tripod Partners believe that all staff have a responsibility to uphold the Companies anti-slavery initiatives and operate in line with our policies and procedures to mitigate such practices.
The following policies set down our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our operations:
In February 2020 Tripod Partners implemented the following additional policy to further strengthen our steps and commitment to upholding the prevention of slavery and human trafficking within our operations and supply chain:
The Company undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. As a business within the Recruitment Sector several process already exist which are required either by law or best practice that assist in the identification and mitigation of the risk of Modern Slavery within or organization and supply chains. This due diligence process includes:
The COVID-19 pandemic led to several short-to-medium-term changes across various aspects of the UK Health & Social Care Staffing Sector in which Tripod Partners operates. Prominently, the demand for frontline professionals increased, whilst concessions within sector compliance requirements were implemented by the UK Government, NHS England & NHS Improvement, and associated Regulatory Bodies, to address and achieve the required staffing levels. Tripod Partners recognized the short-notice implementation of these factors as a potential opportunity for Slavery and Human Trafficking to be exploited and subsequently increased the frequency and subsequent due-diligence of our internal audits, whilst responding to our external sector supply chain audit obligations. Following this, no significant risk of breach to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and/or Human Trafficking within our current supply chain has been identified; Tripod Partners achieved a minimum audit pass rate of 95% across sector-specific requirements and attained Platinum Standard within the Total Workforce Solutions NHS Framework audit with 100% compliance.
We continue to be vigilant and have reviewed and amended the following to assist with this:
It remains that only members of Tripod Partners’ Senior Management Team are authorized to enter contracts and commercial relationships, having fully vetted and ratified the potential for risk. To strengthen and ensure adherence and application of the relevant process to combat Modern Slavery, Tripod Partners engages with external Human Resource and Legal Services and are a member of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). Any suspicions or complaints relating to Modern Slavery raised with Tripod Partners are investigated thoroughly and in accordance with our Complaints Procedure.
Overall responsibility to ensure the steps taken to combat Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking resides with our CEO, Dean Covill. All initial enquiries or comments relating to this statement should be directed to Gareth Welch, Commercial Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tripod Partners monitor various elements of our commercial engagements to measure how effective we are in ensuring slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains. These include:
Audits are conducted with regularity and any anomalies or causes for concern investigated thoroughly.
This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement will be regularly reviewed and updated as necessary. Tripod Partners’ Board of Directors and Senior Management Team endorses this policy statement and is fully committed to its implementation.
This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement has been approved and authorised by:
Name: Dean Covill
Date: 09th October 2020