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, agents, contractors and suppliers. This Policy
covers, Sapphire Accounting Limited and associated companies, Sapphire DNP Limited and SASER Limited.
Sapphire Accounting strictly prohibits the use of modern slavery and human trafficking in our operations and supply
chain. We have and will continue to be committed to implementing systems and controls aimed at ensuring that modern
slavery is not taking place anywhere within our organisation or in any of our supply chains. We expect that our suppliers
will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
Modern slavery is a term used to encompass slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour, bonded and child labour
and human trafficking. Human trafficking is where a person arranges or facilitates the travel of another person with a
view to that person being exploited. Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights.
We shall be a company that expects everyone working with us or on our behalf to support and uphold the following
measures to safeguard against modern slavery:
- We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery in our organisation and our supply chains.
- The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any part of our organisation or supply chain is the
responsibility of all those working for us or on our behalf. Workers must not engage in, facilitate or fail to report
any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this policy.
- We are committed to engaging with our stakeholders and suppliers to address the risk of modern slavery in our
operations and supply chain.
- We take a risk based approach to our contracting processes and keep them under review. We assess whether
the circumstances warrant the inclusion of specific prohibitions against the use of modern slavery and trafficked
labour in our contracts with third parties. Using our risked based approach we will also assess the merits of
writing to suppliers requiring them to comply with our Code of Conduct, which sets out the minimum standards
required to combat modern slavery and trafficking.
- Consistent with our risk based approach we may require:
- Employment and recruitment agencies and other third parties supplying workers to our organisation to confirm
their compliance with our Code of Conduct.
- Suppliers engaging workers through a third party to obtain that third parties’ agreement to adhere to the
- As part of our ongoing risk assessment and due diligence processes we will consider whether circumstances
warrant us carrying out audits of suppliers for their compliance with our Code of Conduct.
- If we find that other individuals or organisations working on our behalf have breached this policy we will ensure
that we take appropriate action. This may range from considering the possibility of breaches being remediated
and whether that might represent the best outcome for those individuals impacted by the breach to terminating
Sapphire Accounting Ltd, Registered in England number 08612257
Internal training and procedures
To ensure a high level of understanding regarding the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking we provide training
to our staff, and have a number of internal policies. These include, but are not limited to;
- Right To Work
- Anti bribery
- Corporate Social Responsibility Code
- Identity Checks
Our staff are encouraged to identify any suspicious behaviour in breach of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Our performance indicators
We encourage our employees and suppliers to be vigilant, and we will continue to review how effective the steps we
are taking have been in combating modern slavery across our business and supply chain.
Continue to risk assess the business and focus our efforts in those departments most of risk of being used for
modern slavery, particularly around NMW/NLW.
Approval of this statement
The Group makes this statement pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This statement has
been approved by the Group’s board of directors for the financial year ending 30th September 2019.
The statement will be reviewed and updated, where necessary, annually.
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors on: 25th February 2020.