Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement
Pursuant to Section 54 (1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, this statement constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement and outlines the steps NES have taken or shall implement in our approach to tackling modern slavery.
NES Global Talent (NES) is a private company registered in England and Wales. The Group has over 500 employees in 45+ offices globally providing staffing, recruiting and personnel management services.
Our Approach & Commitment
Personal integrity and responsibility are the foundation of our business; we differentiate our solutions on the basis of compliance, integrity and responsibility, and in accordance with local and international laws. Within this context, NES will not accept any practices involving slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour, or human trafficking. We will continue to work to fully understand the risks involved and to ensure such practices are not taking place within our business, that of our partners or the ensuing supply chain.
With over 35 years’ experience in talent acquisition across different disciplines, NES sources and manages talent for our clients globally and locally on both a contract and permanent basis and pride ourselves on delivering optimum solutions to customers in a variety of sectors.
Our business conduct is defined by our core values and a series of corporate policies which collectively outline NES’s ‘Expected Business Conduct’, these standards encompass:
- Business Ethics;
- Equal Opportunities;
- Anti-Bribery & Corruption;
- Human Rights; and a
- Suppliers’ Code of Conduct
Expected Business Conduct clearly states that NES will not tolerate practices involving modern slavery.
Focus during this financial year has been on enhancing such policies and practices, ensuring standards are reflective for staff and that of our supply chain through approved suppliers.
The associated controls and application of standards is the responsibility of all management and supervisory personnel in NES and specifically the Executive Management team.
A majority of our supply chain incorporates business partners and professional consultancy services, namely financial or legal specialists, or organisations that partner with NES in the mobilisation of personnel. A further proportion of our supply chain is linked to commodities, such as utilities, workplace equipment and welfare provisions.
Our supplier evaluation process is managed in line with our ISO9001 certification and has been recently enhanced to incorporate a formal Supplier Code of Conduct. Along with assessment type questionnaires, our suppliers are expected to declare their commitment and compliance to our values, principles and expected business conduct.
Risk Management & Controls
With a prime business focus of placing personnel into companies under a contract or permanent basis, we understand the significance of employing robust operational practices throughout the business. Our recruitment processes underpin expectations from staff, suppliers and our customers, and act to ensure transparency in our recruitment operations for an assurance that individuals are not being placed into any form of slavery. Controls include, but not limited to:
- Placements being subject to compliance checks, including eligibility to work status, personal particulars and other unique identifiers as an assurance against risk of forced labour, trafficking or other forms of employment under the menace of penalty;
- Recruitment protocol and expected business conduct obligations as an assurance against any perceived deception, coercion or discriminative actions;
- Terms of Business with clients and Contract for Services with our contractors are agreed in all instances, relevant to appropriate international and local laws as an assurance against any perceived acts of debt or wage entrapment, or termination prevention; and
- Supplier controls incorporating approval questionnaires and declarations of compliance as an assurance against human right abuses including modern slavery.
NES will continue to assess risk associated with modern slavery across the business and within our supply chain, whether such risks are directly or indirectly linked to our business activity, or relating to the geographical areas in which we operate; it will be our focus to fully understand the indicators of modern slavery, and any exposure areas or vulnerable groups associated with our business, our customers or suppliers.
Policy and associated documents are subject to regular audit and review and this Statement will be reviewed at least annually in line with our financial year end periods. Performance criteria and compliance, including the right to audit suppliers to defined standards and expectations shall be consistent with our internal management system, ISO9001.
Training & Awareness
The majority of training and awareness is, and will continue to be through periodic communications and briefing sessions. Staff awareness shall be elevated through communications and module training, emphasising the significant issue of Modern Slavery, the NES strategy to work towards eliminating such abuses and to educate and alert staff to any potential risks and their indicators.
NES will obligate approved suppliers to declare their commitment to anti-slavery and the avoidance of any human trafficking or forced labour practices within their own business and throughout their supply chain. Our Suppliers’ Code of Conduct explicitly defines expectations and the need to declare commitment and actions taken.
This Statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Company’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st October 2016.
The Statement has been approved by the Board of Directors.