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, for the financial year ending 31st January 2017.
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 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 £132 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):
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
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.