Our commitment to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015
Harris Bugg Studio is committed to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the abolition of modern slavery and human trafficking. Slavery and human trafficking remains a hidden blight on our global society. We all have a responsibility to be alert to the risks, however small, in our business and in the wider supply chain. Our employees are alert to the risks and are expected to report their concerns, and management are expected to act upon them.
As an equal opportunities employer, we’re committed to creating and ensuring a non-discriminatory and respectful working environment for our staff. We want all our staff to feel confident that they can expose wrongdoing without any risk to themselves.
Our recruitment and people management processes are designed to ensure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the UK and to safeguard employees from any abuse or coercion.
We do not enter into business with any organisation, in the UK or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to be involved in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.
We have in place formal whistleblowing systems to encourage the reporting of concerns and safeguards employees about raising concerns of this nature.
Our supply chain
• Due to the nature of our business and procurement, we assess ourselves to have a low risk of modern slavery in our business and supply chains.
• Our supply chains are limited and we procure goods and services from a restricted range of UK and generally European suppliers.
• We have built long-standing relationships with UK suppliers and we make clear our expectations of business behaviour;
• Our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery will be communicated to all suppliers, contractors and business partners at the outset of our business relationship with them and reinforced as appropriate thereafter
Our studio and employee responsibilities
• The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any part of our business or supply chains is the responsibility of all those working for us or under our control.
• You are required to avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this policy.
• You must notify one or both of the Directors as soon as possible if you believe or suspect that a conflict with this policy has occurred, or may occur in the future.
• You are encouraged to raise concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any parts of our business or supply chains of any supplier tier at the earliest possible stage.
• If you believe or suspect a breach of this policy has occurred or that it may occur you must notify the Directors or you may report it in accordance with our Whistleblowing Policy as soon as possible.
• If you are unsure about whether a particular act, the treatment of workers more generally, or their working conditions within any tier of our supply chains constitutes any of the various forms of modern slavery, raise it with one or both of the Directors. We aim to encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken.
Harris Bugg Studio will review this policy on an annual basis, taking into account any changes in legislation, our organisation and any other relevant factors.