Anti-slavery and human trafficking policy
1. Policy statement
1.1 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. Consort Medical and its subsidiaries are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls with a view to ensuring that modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or, to the extent reasonably possible, in our supply chains.
1.2 We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We expect the same high standards from our contractors, suppliers and other business partners.
1.3 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.
1.4 This policy does not form part of any employee’s contract of employment and we may amend it at any time.
2. Responsibility for the policy
2.1 The Group General Counsel and Company Secretary has primary and day-to-day responsibility for implementing this policy, 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.
2.2 Line managers at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with this policy.
3. Compliance with the policy
3.1 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.
3.2 You must notify your manager as soon as possible if you believe or suspect that a conflict with this policy has occurred, or may occur in the future.
3.3 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.
3.4 If you believe or suspect a breach of this policy has occurred or that it may occur you must notify your manager or report it in accordance with our Whistleblowing Policy as soon as possible.
3.5 If you 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 or the report it in accordance with the Whistleblowing Policy as soon as possible.
3.6 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 you have suffered any such treatment, you should inform the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary immediately. If the matter is not remedied, and you are an employee, you should raise it formally using our Grievance Procedure.
4. Breaches of this policy
4.1 Any employee who breaches this policy may face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct.
4.2 We may terminate our relationship with other individuals and organisations working on our behalf if they breach this policy.
5. Other Relevant Company Policies
This Policy applies to all employees in all the jurisdictions in which we work. Employees should continue to abide by existing relevant Company policies and adhere with local legislation unless advised otherwise by senior management. In the event that local legislation is more restrictive than this Policy, employees should give precedence to local requirements.