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Modern Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy

Maxfield Search is committed to eliminating modern slavery, human trafficking, forced labour, and similar human rights abuses.

Maxfield Search is committed to ensuring that our staff and any workers it supplies (directly or indirectly) are not subject to behaviour or threats that may amount to modern slavery, human trafficking, forced labour, and similar human rights abuses.

  1. Maxfield Search provides appropriate training and awareness information for its entire staff, in particular:
    All of our staff receives awareness-raising information around issues involving modern slavery and human trafficking, so that they can bring any concerns they have to the attention of the Management Team.
  1. Any staff, workers or other parties are strongly encouraged to report any concerns or suspicions that they might have to the Management Team of the business.
  1. Reports surrounding these issues are taken extremely seriously by the Management Team, who are committed to ensuring that all investigations shall be prompt and effective. If our investigations reveal any issues, we are committed to taking appropriate action, including but not limited to:
    • Working with the appropriate organisations to improve standards,
    • Removing that organisation from our client or supplier list,
    • Passing details to appropriate law enforcement bodies.
  1. We regularly monitor our risks in this area through the use of relevant key performance indicators, including:
    • The level of modern slavery training and awareness amongst our staff
    • The effectiveness of enforcement against suppliers who breach policies,
  1. As part of our efforts in this area, we will publish a modern slavery statement on an annual basis.
  1. We would also recommend reading this in conjunction with our other policies, including our:
    • Ethical Procurement policy
    • Anti-bribery / Corruption policy, and
    • Whistle-blowing policy

This policy was adopted on 15th May 2018 after being agreed by the Management Team. It is reviewed annually.

1. Our Business

Maxfield Search is a Limited company operating in the recruitment sector. We provide recruitment services to a broad range of clients globally.

Maxfield Search is an independent business.

1.1 Who we work with

All of the hirers that we work with, and all of the work-seekers we provide, are known to and identified by our staff. Some of these work-seekers operate through their own limited companies.

The hiring companies and work-seekers are located globally.

1.2 Other relationships

As part of our business, we also work with the following organisations:

  • The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (rec.uk.com)

2. Our Policies

Maxfield Search has a modern slavery policy available to view from our website:

www.maxfieldsearch.co.uk/information/antislaverypolicy

2.1 Policy development and review

Maxfield Search's policies are established by our Management team, based on advice from HR professionals and industry best practice and legal advice. We review our policies annually, or as needed to adapt to changes.

3. Our Processes for Managing Risk

In order to assess the risk of modern slavery, we use the following processes with our suppliers:

  • We review the potential for risk at regular intervals, including the possibility of re-auditing a supplier or conducting spot checks.

After due consideration, we have not identified any significant risks of modern slavery, forced labour, or human trafficking in our supply chain. However, we continue to be alert to the potential for problems.

Additionally, we have taken the following steps to minimise the possibility of any problems:

  • We collaborate with our suppliers in order to improve standards and transparency across our supply chain.
  • Only senior members of staff who have undergone appropriate training for assessing modern slavery risks in the supply chain are authorised to sign contracts and establish commercial relationships in any area where we have identified the potential for risk.
  • We aim to ensure that all of our suppliers are members of appropriate industry bodies and working groups.

Our staff are encouraged to bring any concerns they have to the attention of management.

4. Our Performance

As part of monitoring the performance of Maxfield Search, we track the following codes of conduct general key performance indicators.

  • Our employees and candidates are free to choose to work for their employer and to leave the company upon reasonable notice.
  • Employees and candidates are provided with a clear contract of employment, which complies with local legislation.
  • We ensure our staff are up to date with the relevant regulations and are made aware of any potential risks in relation to the Modern Slavery act.
  • We aim to investigate and resolve complaints with urgency and as quickly as possible
  • We provide our modern anti-slavery policy and statement when requested by companies we deal with and also available on our website.
  • Where we believe there is a potential risk, we make sure we carry out the appropriate level of due-diligence.

We carefully consider our indicators, in order to ensure that we do not put undue pressure on our suppliers that might increase the potential for risk.

5. Our Training

All of our staff receives awareness-raising information around issues involving modern slavery and human trafficking, so that they can bring any concerns they have to the attention of management.

Training will continue to be reviewed on an annual basis.

Modern Slavery Statement

This statement is made as part of Maxfield Search's commitment to eliminating the exploitation of people under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act). It summarises how Maxfield Search operates, the policies and processes in place to minimise the possibility of any problems, any risks we have identified and how we monitor them, and how we train our staff.

This statement is published in accordance with section 54 of the Act, and relates to the financial year

1st June 2017 to 31st May 2018. It was approved by the Management team on 15th May 2018.

James Stephenson

Director

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