MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
FIRST POINT GROUP LIMITED: MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT FOR FINANCIAL YEAR ENDED 2019 ISSUED PURSUANT TO SECTION 54 OF THE MODERN SLAVERY ACT 2015
This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that First Point Group 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. First Point Group has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place.
This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement sets down First Point Groups 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 both in our own business and in our dealings with clients/supply chains. We all have a duty to be alert to risks, however small. Employees are expected to report their concerns and management to act upon them.
STRUCTURE AND SUPPLY CHAINS
This statement covers the business activities of First Point Group which are as follows: Recruitment of permanent and temporary staff predominantly in the IT & Telecommunications field but also in other areas including business relationships with other Recruitment agencies as well as clients. The Company currently operates in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Dubai, London, Dusseldorf, Paris, Madrid, Johannesburg, Mexico City and Dallas. First Point Group use a comprehensive right to work process and new starter process including gathering of information relating to equal opportunities monitoring, medical questionnaires and employee information.
The Company is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our business or in the business of our clients. This Statement affirms its intention to act ethically in our business relationships.
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
- Recruitment. We operate a robust recruitment process, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK (including but not limited to our other office locations) 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 clients/supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
- Code of conduct. This code explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.
- Ethics policy. First Point Group is committed to the practice of responsible behaviour. Through its business practices the Company seeks to protect and promote the human rights and basic freedoms of all its employees and agents.
- Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy – this explains the company policy of accepting gifts and bribes, including the zero tolerance of extending bribes
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. The Company’s due diligence process includes requesting slavery and human trafficking policies/statements building long-standing relationships with suppliers and making clear our expectations of business partners.
First Point Group operates and maintains a preferred supplier list. We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. This due diligence includes an online search to ensure that a particular organisation has never been convicted of offences relating to modern slavery and conduct on site visits which include a review of working conditions Our anti-slavery policy forms part of our contract with all suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.
In addition to the above, as part of our contract with suppliers, we require that they confirm to us that:
- They have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their business
- They hold their own suppliers to account over modern slavery
- They pay their UK employees at least the national minimum wage / national living wage (as appropriate)
- We may terminate the contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light
This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement will be regularly reviewed and updated as necessary. The Senior Management and Board of Directors endorse this policy statement and are fully committed to its implementation.
This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement has been approved and authorised by:
Group Operations Director
22nd April 2019