Modern slavery is a heinous crime and a morally reprehensible act that deprives a person's liberty and dignity for another person's gain. It is a real problem for millions of people around the world, including many in developed countries, who are being kept and exploited in various forms of slavery. Every company is at risk of being involved in this crime through its own operations and its supply chain.
What is it?
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is a UK act of Parliament designed to tackle slavery and human trafficking through the consolidation of previous legislation and the introduction of new measures. Specifically, it introduces new requirements for organisations in regards to their business and supply chains.
At NISI Staffing, we have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and are fully committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operation and supply chain. We have taken concrete steps to tackle modern slavery, as outlined in our statement. This statement sets out the actions that we have taken to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to our business, and to implement steps to prevent slavery and human trafficking during the financial year 2019/2020.
Our business and supply chains:
NISI Staffing is a professional recruitment consultancy, supplying temporary and permanent medical & non-medical professionals to a variety of clients within the private and public sectors across the UK.
Established in 2009, we are contracted with several NHS hospitals within UK for the provision of health professionals. This ensures we have access to an impressive pool of jobs for locum doctors, nurses including HCA’s and all grades of non-clinical staff across all specialties. Our expert advice and guidance help hundreds of candidates and clients to find their perfect employment opportunity.
We establish a relationship of trust and integrity with all our suppliers, which is built upon mutually beneficial factors. Our supplier selection and on-boarding procedure includes due diligence of the supplier's reputation, respect for the law, compliance with health, safety and environmental standards, and references.
All clinical and non-clinical staff in the NISI Staffing undergo a detailed compliance process of face-to-face interviews and full reference checking. The process of interview includes document checks and evaluation of language skills. The programme is carried out nationally, in most major towns and cities in the UK, to ensure the supply of approved staff on a local basis, to meet requests for medical staff & Care workers nationally, 24-hours a day.
We haven't been made aware of any allegations of human trafficking/slavery activities against any of our suppliers, but if we were, then we would act immediately against the supplier and report it to the authorities.
NISI Staffing – Locum & Healthcare Services
Business Box, 2 Oswin Road, Leicester, LE31HR. Tel: 0116 2795175. 2
Risk assessment
In the past year, we conducted a risk assessment of our supply chain by taking into account:
• The risk profile of individual countries based on the Global Slavery Index
• The business services rendered by the suppliers
• The presence of vulnerable demographic groups
• A news analysis and the insights of labour and human rights groups
This assessment will determine our response and the risk controls that we implement.
NISI Staffing operates the following policies for identifying and preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operations:
• Whistleblowing Policy - we encourage all employees, customers and suppliers to report any suspicion of slavery or human trafficking without fear of retaliation. We provide a confidential helpline to protect the identity of whistle-blowers.
• Code of Conduct - our code encourages employees to do the right thing by clearly stating the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing the business. We strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating abroad and managing our supply chain.
• Purchasing Code - we have updated our Purchasing Code and supplier contracts to make explicit reference to slavery and human trafficking.
Supplier due diligence
NISI Staffing conducts due diligence on all new suppliers during on-boarding and on existing suppliers at regular intervals.
This includes:
• Assessing risks in the provision of particular services
• Auditing the suppliers, and their health and safety standards, labour relations and employee contracts
• Requiring improvements to substandard employment practices
• Sanctioning suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with our requirements
We require all suppliers to attest that:
• They don't use any form of forced, compulsory or slave labour
• Their employees work voluntarily and are entitled to leave work
• They provide each employee with an employment contract that contains a reasonable notice period for terminating their employment
• They don't require employees to post a deposit/bond and don't withhold their salaries for any reasons
• They don't require employees to surrender their passports or work permits as a condition of employment
NISI Staffing – Locum & Healthcare Services
Business Box, 2 Oswin Road, Leicester, LE31HR. Tel: 0116 2795175. 3
Awareness NISI Staffing has raised awareness of modern slavery issues by putting up posters across our facilities and sending an email that is focused specifically on modern slavery to all our staff, which explains:
• Our commitment in the fight against modern slavery
• Red flags for potential cases of slavery or human trafficking
• How employees should report suspicions of modern slavery
Training In addition to the awareness programme, NISI Staffing has rolled out a fresh e-learning course to all employees and supplier contacts, which covers:
• Various forms of modern slavery in which people can be held and exploited
• The size of the problem and the risk to our organisation
• How employees can identify the signs of slavery and human trafficking, including unrealistically low prices
• How employees should respond if they suspect slavery or human trafficking
• How suppliers can escalate potential slavery or human trafficking issues to the relevant people within their own organisation
• What external help is available for the victims of slavery
• What terms and guidance should be provided to suppliers in relation to slavery policies and controls?
• An attestation from employees that they will abide by NISI Staffing anti-slavery policy
Measuring how we're performing NISI Staffing has defined a set of key performance indicators and controls to combat modern slavery and human trafficking in our organisation and supply chain.
These include:
• How many employees have completed mandatory training?
• How many suppliers have filled out our ethics questionnaire?
• How many suppliers have rolled out an awareness and training programme that is equivalent to ours?
• How many reports have been made by our employees that indicate their awareness of and sensitivity to ethical issues?
• What are the findings of our cross-functional Human Rights team, which reviews how we are addressing modern slavery and human trafficking?
This statement covers 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 and has been approved by the board of NISI Staffing at the board meeting on 26th May 2020.
Signature: Date: 26th May 2020
Irfan Aslam
Director NISI Staffing – Healthcare Staffing Agency
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