Our Approach to Defeating Slavery
Introduction from the Managing Director
Plenty of statistics show that the tragedy of slavery and exploitation is alive in our nation. At INDECS statistics are a vital raw material for our business. We know though that it is not the numbers, but the story behind them, and how we respond to that story that counts.
Our values are to be straightforward, confident, partnering and friendly in all that we do, and our response to modern day slavery lives these values out by:
• paying at least the living wage to all of our people;
• striving to make each person’s time at INDECS the best job each of us will ever have;
• both challenging and supporting our suppliers as they do their bit in this battle; and
• applying the spirit as well as the letter of the law.
The statistical goal we have in mind on modern day slavery is zero tolerance in any aspect of how we do business.
Below are just some of our ways of seeking that goal.
Our structure and business
INDECS encompasses a broad range of services, providing the full spectrum of risk management consultancy to energy and non energy related companies. Our specialists offer fully independent advice tailored to your exact requirements. From devising effective risk management and insurance programmes, to taking care of complex claim negotiations and advising on major finance deals, we have the insight, focus and vision you need to achieve your objectives.
Given the nature of what we do, we believe that there is a low risk of slavery or human trafficking having a connection with our business activities. But there is no room for complacency in that belief, so, amongst other things, we have taken the steps detailed below.
Our policies on slavery and human trafficking
The policies we have in place and our anti-slavery statement, reflect our commitment to:
• paying people fairly and properly for their work;
• acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships; and
• enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our business or supply chains.
The main policies include:
INDECS is committed to ensuring that all directly employed and contracted staff receives fair remuneration for the job they perform. We are an employer committed to paying at least the living wage set each year by the Living Wage Foundation. These rates are based on research and reflect the levels of income required to meet a socially acceptable minimum standard of living.
We encourage all workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to its direct activities or supply chains. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to increased risk of slavery or human trafficking. Our whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation.
Employee Awareness and Compliance
INDECS’ employee handbook sets out all of our employment policies and procedures.
Most of INDECS’ workforce is employed directly on a permanent or fixed term basis. Our recruitment takes place through a combination of direct advertising on our website and in industry publications/digital media; using reputable agencies and relying on referrals from employees within our organisation.
The firm only uses specified, reputable employment agencies and has a set of standard terms and conditions of business with each agency. We verify the practices of any new recruitment agency as part of our terms of business with them and before accepting workers from that agency.
All employees who join us are subject to checks to ensure they are genuine applicants operating as free agents with the required level of propriety. These include verification of identity, references and evidence of qualifications.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our group’s statement on the prevention of slavery and human trafficking for the financial year ending 31 March 2019.