Modern Slavery Policy
The Considerate Constructors Scheme welcomes the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and supports its objectives.
This statement sets out the steps that the Considerate Constructors Scheme 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.
The Considerate Constructors Scheme is based in the UK and has no directly employed personnel. The work that the Considerate Constructors Scheme completes is outsourced to a third party administration company.
Our operational business area covers the UK and Ireland. Our purpose is to improve and promote the image of construction throughout the UK and Ireland, providing an advisory service to the construction industry by offering guidance, support, education and encouragement to all involved in the construction process.
Our supply chain includes the outsourced administration company, self-employed consultants (Monitors), product suppliers, events locations and providers of professional services firms such as lawyers, accountants and other consultants.
We will work with our suppliers and consultants who share our commitment to tackling modern slavery. We will review our practices, policies and procedures to establish the best way of incorporating our policy on modern slavery, with the goal of ensuring that any third parties with whom we deal, are making efforts to prevent forced labour and human trafficking in their business.
We use standard contractual documentation to govern our relationships with service providers, suppliers and consultants. We will review these contracts with a view to including a contractual provision in line with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. 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
- (For UK based suppliers) they pay their employees at least the minimum wage / national living wage (as appropriate)
- (For international suppliers) they pay their employees any prevailing minimum wage applicable within their country of origin
- We may terminate the contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light
The Considerate Constructors Scheme will ask all preferred suppliers to declare whether they have in place a corporate social responsibility policy that includes, among other things, commitment to ethical sourcing in materials and human rights. Our anti-slavery policy will form part of our contract with all regular suppliers.
Our policy on slavery and human trafficking
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. The Considerate Constructors Scheme has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery and is 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 within the business or our supply chain
The Considerate Constructors Scheme will highlight the issue of modern slavery though various methods of communication. Our supply chain will be encouraged to report any concerns which will be investigated and, where necessary, take appropriate action relating to any concerns expressed.
We will facilitate training for relevant personnel if deemed necessary within our business so that they may understand the signs of modern slavery and what to do if they suspect it is taking place within our supply chain.
We will know the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within the business or supply chain if no reports are received from suppliers, the public or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.