Anti-slavery and human trafficking policy
- Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
- We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains.
- We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery consistent with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners.
- This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners.
- This policy does not form part of any employee's contract of employment and we may amend it at any time.
Responsibility for this policy
- The board of directors has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it.
- The board has primary responsibility for implementing this policy. Day to day monitoring, its use and effectiveness, dealing with any queries about it, and auditing internal control systems and procedures to ensure they are effective in countering modern slavery will be dealt with by the Senior Management Team.
- Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with this policy and are given adequate and regular training on it and the issue of modern slavery in supply chains.
- You are invited to comment on this policy and suggest ways in which it might be improved. Comments, suggestions and queries are encouraged and should be addressed, if you work within the organisation to your line manager or from outside the organisation send in writing to English Lakes Hotels Support Office, Low Wood Bay, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LP, marked for the attention of the Operations Director.
Compliance with this policy
- You must ensure you read, understand and comply with this policy.
- The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any part of our business or supply chains is the responsibility of all those working for us or under our control. You are required to avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this policy.
- You must notify a manager as soon as possible if you believe or suspect that a conflict with this policy has occurred, or may occur in the future.
- You are encouraged to raise concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any parts of our business or supply chains of any supplier tier at the earliest possible stage.
- If you work within the business and believe or suspect a breach of this policy has occurred or that it may occur you must notify your manager as soon as possible.
- If you work within the business and are unsure about whether a particular act, the treatment of workers more generally, or their working conditions within any tier of our supply chains constitutes any of the various forms of modern slavery, raise it with your manager.
- We aim to encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken. We are committed to ensuring no one suffers any detrimental treatment as a result of reporting in good faith their suspicion that modern slavery of whatever form is or may be taking place in any part of our own business or in any of our supply chains. Detrimental treatment includes dismissal, disciplinary action, threats or other unfavourable treatment connected with raising a concern. If you believe that any team member has suffered any such treatment, you should inform your line manager or a director immediately. If the matter is not remedied, and you are an employee, you should raise it formally using the Company’s Grievance Procedure.
- Any person working for our business or as a supplier or contractor to our business who is found to be engaging in slavery or human trafficking will be disciplined or the relationship terminated and will also be reported to the relevant authority.
Awareness of this policy
- The risk our business faces from modern slavery in its supply chains forms part of all our responsibility to be aware of for all individuals who work for us. All our employees should ensure they are familiar with this policy.
- We aim to communicate our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery to all suppliers, contractors and business partners at the outset of our business relationship with them and to be reinforced as appropriate thereafter.
Breaches of this policy
- Any employee who breaches this policy may face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct.
- We may terminate our relationship with other individuals and organisations working on our behalf if they breach this policy.
For and on behalf of English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues