SLAVERY STATEMENT

OUR MODERN ANTI SLAVERY & HUMAN TRAFFICKING STATEMENT ACT 2015 POLICY

Interlinked is a multi services business, which operates across a wide range of sectors, including defence, education, health, housing, industrial, power, property, transport and utilities, and currently employs in excess of 40 employees across our operations. A full description of the business and services we offer can be on our web site, https://www.interlinked.co

As well as delivering services directly, we also rely on a number of manufacturers, suppliers and distributors, which, in turn, will source products from their respective supply chains. 

Our policies 

Interlinked has a number of policies that are designed to manage modern slavery and human trafficking issues, including our Employee Code of Conduct, Responsible Procurement Policy and Anti-slavery and Human Trafficking Policy. These set out our position of zero tolerance of modern slavery and human trafficking in any form in our business and supply chain. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in our business dealings and relationships and to maintaining systems and controls designed to ensure modern slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in our business or across our supply chain. Our Whistleblowing Policy provides a mechanism for our employees and others working in our supply chain to report suspected breaches of these policies. 

Our approach to assessing and managing risk 

1.    We have a policy confirming our zero tolerance of modern slavery and human trafficking. 

2.    Our policies require that our sub-contractors and consultants acknowledge their responsibility for adhering to our policies. 

3.    We have undertaken risk assessments to identify the key procurement risks categories in our supply chain and review those risk assessments regularly. 

4.    We have issued minimum procurement standards for materials and products against certain of the identified risk categories and we review those regularly. We issue new standards as required. 

5.    Our standard contractual terms include obligations on our sub-contractors and suppliers to comply with our policies, including our Anti-slavery and Human Trafficking Policy. 

6.    Our policies require our subcontractors and suppliers to complete an assessment to confirm that they comply with Interlinked zero tolerance policy. 

7.    We undertake checks on new recruits to ensure that they are eligible to work in the relevant country of employment. 

8.    We continue to monitor the effectiveness of our actions against the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking. This includes reviewing our policies and our procurement standards and implementing an audit programme (see below). 

9.    We are delivering training to key employees on the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking and our processes to mitigate these. 

10.    We undertake audits of certain key supply chain partners to understand and validate the controls in their organisations and provide an opportunity to learn from best practice. 

11.    We have supported the development of industry-wide training on modern slavery that is available through the Supply Chain Sustainability. 

We are aware that risks arising from modern slavery and human trafficking can apply anywhere in our operations, whether through direct employment, sub-contracted employees or the supply of materials. We expect our suppliers and subcontractors to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in their supply chain. Where issues are identified (including through our audit process) that are not resolved to our satisfaction, we review the on-going nature of the relationship with that relevant organisation. 

Next steps 

We will monitor the effectiveness of our actions against modern slavery and human trafficking. Next steps will include: continuing to develop further standards to support our Anti-slavery and Human Trafficking Policy (and related policies), keeping our pre-qualification standards for the appointment of new suppliers and subcontractors under review, ensuring relevant employees continue to receive appropriate training on identifying any potential unlawful or unethical conduct within our operations and supply chain, launching on-line training for our workforce, reviewing and considering extending our audit programme and continuing to assess the risks associated with our existing supply chain. 

This statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Interlinked modern slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30th December 2021. Interlinked Board of directors approved it on 20th May 2020.

 

The Board of Directors will review all Policies annually. The Directors may however, review the policy earlier than this, if the government introduces new regulations, or if the board of directors receives recommendations on how the policy might be improved.

If you have a concern or suspect a violation of this policy we want you to speak up immediately. Speaking up can be a difficult thing to do, so be reassured that all information received will be treated seriously and investigated appropriately. If you act in good faith, believing your information is accurate; we will protect you even if you are wrong. Some concerns can be addressed by speaking to the person whose conduct is the cause for concern. We understand that this is not always possible, so we suggest that you speak to your line manager. If, for whatever reason, you do not feel comfortable doing this, you can contact any member of the Senior Management Team.

Signed:                                                          Date:        04/01/ 2022

Name:        Mitchell Grimwood                Position:    Managing Director

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