Modern Slavery Statement
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(5) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes APS Group’s commitment to adherence to the Act.
Though slavery was abolished in the UK more than 200 years ago, exploitation continues. We know that this abhorrent practice still continues today in one form or another in every country in the world, in the form of human trafficking, forced and bonded labour plus other kinds of slavery.
We adopt a zero tolerance approach to any such activities within our own business or within our supply chain and we will take appropriate steps to ensure we provide a working environment where individuals’ fundamental rights and freedoms are respected.
We all have a responsibility to be aware of the risks, however small, in both APS Group and the wider supply chain. We encourage our employees to report any concerns to the Executive Team or Head of HR, however small and these concerns will be acted upon.
The following sets out the obligations to which APS Group will adhere and describes how we will continue to ensure that steps are taken to embed into the culture of the business appropriate systems and controls in order to prevent slavery and human trafficking in the United Kingdom and across our global companies.
APS Group’s structure
APS Group is an international marketing services business. The customer solutions we deliver are underpinned by a broad range of services supported by great people, enabling technology and significant infrastructure.
Headquartered in Stockport, Cheshire, we have local offices in 8 countries and 25 sites across the world. APS Group has over 900 employees throughout the UK, USA and Europe with a current annual turnover of £167 million.
APS Group acts ethically and with integrity in all business relationships throughout the supply chain, undertaking appropriate due diligence to identify and assess potential risk areas and to mitigate the risks posed by slavery and/or human trafficking occurring.
APS Group will not knowingly engage or deal with any business involved in slavery or human trafficking.
As part of our initiatives to identify and mitigate the risk of Modern Slavery APS Group will (but not limited to):
- Identify and assess potential risk areas when engaging new suppliers and completing stringent vetting and investigation of our supply chain ; this includes carrying out the appropriate background and financial checks, quality checks and site visits in addition to receiving a signed Code of Conduct and Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) from the supplier
- Perform enhanced on-going due diligence when reassessing existing suppliers, including the downward supply chain; to include both quarterly and annual business reviews with key suppliers.
- Where possible, build long-standing relationships with local and international suppliers and be clear about our expectations regarding ethical business behaviour, which is outlined in our Code of Conduct Agreement;
- Invoke sanctions against suppliers that fail to meet the expectations as an ethical business partner, all of which are contained in the Code of Conduct agreement. Failure to adhere to the above or to improve performance in line with an action plan could result in the termination of the business relationship
- To continue to review and monitor our own internal payroll systems to ensure all employees are paid above the minimum wage and have the right to work.
- Will actively encourage the reporting of concerns to the business through the Whistleblowing procedure and provide appropriate protection of whistle blowers.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in both APS Group and our Supply Chain, all employees will receive
- Clear communications that they must adhere to the standards outlined in the Anti-Bribery and Corruption policy, which incorporates Modern Slavery and whistleblowing.
- be provided with awareness training on the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business to all relevant members of staff during induction and information is also contained on our business portal for reference.
- APS Group has in place systems to encourage the reporting of concerns or breaches of policy via the Whistleblowing process, and will ensure the protection of any whistle-blower.
Commitment and review
APS Group is committed to continuing to monitor the effectiveness of the programme, implementing enhancements when required, and ensuring that policies and procedures in relation to Modern Slavery are implemented.
The Executive Directors, along with the support from APS Group’s Procurement, Human Resources and Compliance functions, will carry out an annual review of this policy and procedure, to ensure it continues to be suitable and relevant to the activities of APS Group.