Slavery is defined as a violation of a person’s human rights. It can take the form of human trafficking, forced and/or bonded labour, forced or servile marriage, descent-based slavery and domestic slavery. A person is considered to be in modern slavery if they are:
Typically the products bought nowadays have passed through a long chain of producers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers who have all participated in its production, delivery and sale. It can therefore be very difficult to certify that a product has or has not been produced using slavery. However, the way in which companies operate and manage their supply chain can affect the likelihood of slavery being a part of the final product. The Modern Slavery Act gives responsibility to companies for ensuring that no slavery has occurred, and this applies not only to the products they sell or the services they provide themselves but also to their suppliers, and the suppliers of their suppliers, all the way down the supply chain.
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) has released some guidance to help small businesses comply voluntarily with the Act; however they suggest that ALL companies:
Andel Ltd is committed to wholly embracing the aims and ideals of the Modern slavery Act 2015, we have continued to analyse and implement its intentions throughout our business and supply chains. Andel Ltd, Its Managing Director, Senior Management cadre and all employees are fully dedicated to ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking within our own and outside agencies' supply chains and will continue to commit to the battle against modern day slavery throughout the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
Andel Ltd, through its company-wide employment policies, communicates its Modern Day Slavery Policy throughout the workforce and instills the integrity to report potential slavery within the workplace.
In addition, we have ensured our employees possess the information to identify symptoms of slavery in everyday life, along with details on reporting, be it through our Whistleblowing Policy or externally via electronic media https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/modern-slavery#duty-tonotify.
Andel Ltd apply reasonable due diligence to risk assess its supply chain, utilising the following methodologies to accomplish this:
We have embarked on and completed a formal review of our Modern Day Anti-Slavery Policy. In doing so, we are satisfied that it meets our own moral requirements and no further amendments are required at this time.
It is Andel's stance that slavery and human trafficking are heinous and serious crimes, Andel Ltd and its employees are pleased to submit this statement outlining our pledge to the aims of the Modern Slavery Act.