MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
Under the 2015 UK Modern Slavery Act, all businesses with over £36m in annual turnover conducting business in the UK are required to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement. The statement should detail the steps that your organisation is undertaking to ensure that your global supply chain is slavery free.
Whilst ZR Consultants are not obliged to publicly publish a statement, we have still decided to proactively ensure we comply with the policy outline.
ZR Consultants are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking. We recognise that slavery and human trafficking is a real yet hidden issue in our society. We will not tolerate slavery and human trafficking in our business or supply chain. 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 that any form of slavery is not taking place in our own business or supply chains.
We are a management consultancy firm providing support to clients in delivering major change and transformation programmes and implementing regulatory and compliance projects.
ZR Consultants operate from offices in the UK and primarily work on client’s premises to ensure that all deliverables are managed effectively and efficiently.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
• Recruitment – 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.
• Whistleblowing – our whistleblowing policy ensures 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 reprisal.
• Health and Safety – this policy sets out our approach to ensure we provide a healthy working environment for our staff and contractors that work out of our premises.
Our Supply Chains
Our supply chains are based throughout the world. We primarily source goods from reputable and known suppliers (e.g. Amazon, Argos etc.) or service providers based mainly in the UK.
We conduct due diligence on all suppliers assessed by our Quality Team as critical and/or major to the business before allowing them to become one of our suppliers. This due diligence includes assessing regulatory licences and certificates, compliance with such regulatory bodies, checks to determine the
financial stability of the supplier as well as carrying out supplier audits, where appropriate.
We intend to take the following further steps to combat slavery and human trafficking:
1. Risk assess all new major suppliers using the Global Slavery Index and ask them to certify that they have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their own organisation and supply chain;
2. notify all existing suppliers of our expectations and their obligations in relation to the prohibition of modern slavery;
3. incorporate anti-slavery and human trafficking obligations into procurement agreements and subcontracting arrangements on a risk assessed basis;
4. include appropriate measures in our due diligence processes for sourcing suppliers, subcontractors and acquisitions on a risk assessed basis;
5. provide training to relevant Group employees to ensure a high level understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking; and
6. where appropriate we will include reference to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in our policies and procedures.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the current financial year.