The Modern Slavery Act -Transparency Statement
This is a statement of the steps that Peartree Cleaning Services has taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in our business or in our supply chains. This statement is for the financial year ending 31st August 2016, in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain. To do this we must act responsibly, creating long-term value and supporting their future success. This includes supporting the objectives of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Business, Structure and Supply Chains
Peartree Cleaning Services is a Commercial Cleaning Company which provides cleaning services in London, South- East and Manchester. 7 Directors lead the company, with a total headcount of around 1400 employees
Our supply chains relate to our services business – supplying personnel, goods and services to support the services we in turn supply to our clients. We carry out due diligence on new suppliers, and seek to establish and maintain relationships with our suppliers with a view to ensuring that all elements of our supply chain act in accordance with applicable laws, our values and ethical business principles.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
· Recruitment policy. We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
· Vetting Policy. We use unique ID verification software and only pay wages into the individuals own bank account.
· Whistleblowing policy. We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
· Anti-bribery and corruption policy. This code explains the way we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.
Our employment and labour practices reinforce our approach to modern slavery. We create a safe, healthy and inclusive workplace with a strong culture of collaboration and respect for others. This is underpinned by a number of policies relating to diversity, dignity and inclusiveness which reflect a business environment in which our ethical values are promoted and we adhere to all applicable laws in all jurisdictions in which we operate.
Due Diligence and Risk Assessment
In early 2016, we commenced the process of reviewing Peartree Cleaning Services’ business and supply chains to identify and assess the risk of slavery and human trafficking in each of those areas, the measures already in place to address such risks, and any additional measures that may be warranted in light of the review.
As a services firm strictly governed and in the light of our ethical policies and practices, we have assessed that we are at low risk of slavery or human trafficking existing within our own business, although we have taken steps through our policies and training in particular to seek to ensure we are alert to possible risks of modern slavery in our business, and prepared to address any that may arise.
Peartree operates a supplier policy and maintains a preferred supplier list. We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. This due diligence includes an online search to ensure that a particular organisation has never been convicted of offenses relating to modern slavery. described in this statement that are designed to facilitate the identification of any relevant issues that may arise, and ensure they are addressed appropriately. We have developed an approach to due diligence which extends to both our business and our supply chains, and are implementing further steps to address the relevant risks within both.
Training and Awareness
We are committed to ensuring that Peartree Cleaning Services personnel are equipped to identify risk factors and indicators of possible slavery and human trafficking, understand the implications of the Modern Slavery Act for our business, and react appropriately:
· We have developed and deployed a mandatory training module for all managers, in relation to the issues the Modern Slavery Act raises for Peartree Cleaning Services and its business
· We have also developed and deployed specific targeted training for groups of our services staff, such as those involved in procurement and human resources, in relation to the issues relevant to their areas of work for Peartree Cleaning Services.
This statement is made by Peartree Cleaning Services.