Our aim is to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking within our organisation and supply chains. To support this, we operate the following policies that describe our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks, and steps to be taken to prevent any such incidents in our operations.
1. Whistleblowing policy
2. Employee code of conduct
3. Recruitment and selection policy
4. Safeguarding policy
5. Due Diligence
6. Our Supply Chain
1.0 Whistleblowing Policy
1.1 Millennium encourages all employees, people we support and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chain of the organisation. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking.
The whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation.
Employees, people we support and their families or others who have concerns can raise the matter with any Manager or Senior Manager, within the company, in strictest confidence and / or with the appropriate organisation or body e.g. the Police, the Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Social Services complaints department or Care Quality Commission (CQC)
2.0 Employee Code of Conduct
2.1 The companies code of conduct lays out expectations and guiding principles for appropriate workplace behavior. Some policies also provide legal and ethical guidelines for relationships between employees, people we support, stakeholders and suppliers.
2.2 The details of our code of conduct are clearly stated both in the company handbook and company policies, which makes it clear to employees the actions and behaviors expected of everyone when representing the company.
2.3 The company strives to maintain the highest standards of ethical behavior when operating both within the business and out in the community.
3.0 Recruitment and selection policy
3.1 Millennium prides itself on being an equal opportunities employer. To comply with employment legislation and the Equality Act 2010, it is important that all staff involved in recruitment, selection and redundancy situations apply consistent and impartial criteria which are free from discrimination at all stages.
3.2 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – Ensure robust systems are in place to identify any person (whether prospective employee or current employee) who has been arrested, charged with or convicted of an offence that could make them unsuitable to work with or who have been barred from working with vulnerable adults.
3.3 We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting UK eligibility to work checks for all employees, to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
4. Safeguarding Policy
4.1 There is safeguarding policy, with robust procedures currently in place which ensures that people are alerted to any signs of abuse which includes modern slavery.
5. Due Diligence
5.1 By practicing due diligence in our organisation we aim to ensure that no-one is subject to modern slavery.
5.2 To support this, the Senior Management Team have the relevant experience and have participated in “investigation training”, which includes any investigations and due diligence in relation to known or suspected instances of modern slavery or human trafficking.
6. Supply Chain
6.1 The company takes the following steps to ensure our supply chain is reputable and that they (suppliers) have taken steps to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking within their business:
- We use only specified, reputable employment agencies to source employees
- Always verify the practices of any new agency before accepting workers from the specified agency
- We use only reputable suppliers who can verify that their business can evidence risk assessments, method statements and relevant insurance for their own business.