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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 1st October 2019 to 30th September 2020.

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.

Training

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.

Policies

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:

  • Modern Slavery Policy – the Company holds a Modern Slavery Policy which outlines our ‘zero tolerance’ approach to breaches and/or suspected breaches of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and the expectation of all employees to adhere to this
  • Whistle-blowing Policy – the Company encourages all it’s workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to its direct activities or its supply chain
  • Company Code of Conduct – the Code of Conduct sets out the actions and behavior expected of employees when representing the Company
  • Contract Arrangements – as part of our contracting process we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory, or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude
  • Safeguarding Policy – our Policy outlines our commitment to the protection of vulnerable Adults and Children
  • Accurate Charge, Invoice, and Processing Policy – all payment transactions are audited and cross-matched with invoices to ensure correct payments to the supplier and the worker, including regular auditing to ensure adherence to Minimum Wage obligations and the Criminal Finance Act 2017

Due Diligence Processes for Slavery and Human Trafficking

The Company undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. As a business within the Recruitment Sector a number of 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:

  • Relevant industry compliance checks, including ID verification, comprehensive work history and subsequent reference checks, and confirmation of eligibility to work in the UK
  • Building long-standing relationships with suppliers and making clear our expectations of business partners
  • Outlining our stance in relation to Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery risks, and incorporating such prohibitions within our contracting process with each supplier
  • Continuous review of our internal processes and modification if/where necessary to ensure compliance and minimize risk

Following due-diligence, we have not identified any significant risk of breaches to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and/or Human Trafficking within our current supply chain, however we continue to be vigilant and have recently reviewed and amended the following to assist with this:

  • Whistle-blowing Policy
  • Employee Handbook
  • Agency Worker Handbook
  • Arrangements for Temporary Workers to facilitate assignment
  • Audit frequency, including trigger-points

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 gwelch@tripodpartners.co.uk

Performance Indicators

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:

  • The engagement of Umbrella Companies for payment processing by Temporary Workers, including those not possessing industry accreditation
  • The source and frequency of any referrals (business or personal)
  • The source and frequency of requests for specific temporary workersAudits 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

Position: CEO

Date: 1st October 2018

Signature:  slavery signature

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