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Octopus Re-Engineering Limited Anti-Slavery Policy

1.0 Introduction

Octopus Re-Engineering Limited is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy reflects our commitment to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.

Although we operate solely in engineering recruitment which is not a high-risk sector we remain committed to ensuring that any potential risk is eradicated.

We expect our contractors, clients and suppliers to comply with our Anti-Slavery Policy which includes references to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“Act”) and we expect our suppliers and clients to have their own policies in place (where the Act applies to them).

2.0 Our Business

Octopus Re-engineering Limited is a specialist recruitment consultancy based in North-West England serving industry globally.

The bulk of our activity falls within in the following Sectors:

  • Construction
  • Building Services
  • Energy (All forms including Renewables)
  • Infrastructure
  • Rail
  • Pharmaceuticals, Medical, Hospitals
  • Petro-Chemicals
  • Chemicals and Fine Chemicals
  • Food &Beverages
  • Oil &Gas
  • Paper
  • Biomass
  • Automotive
  • Terminals and Storage
  • Manufacturing/Industrial
  • Power Distribution
  • Water
  • Aerospace/Avionics

3.0 Our Supply Chains

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Anti-Slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our supply chains.   All our suppliers as part of the procurement process confirm that they are in adherence with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

We procure in the following areas:

  • Stationery and office furniture
  • I.T. hardware, software and telecommunications
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Travel and accommodation
  • Professional Services for:
    • Training
    • Hygiene
    • Financial advice
    • Legal Services

4.0 Identification of potential risk of slavery and human trafficking in the business

A review of the risk of potential slavery and human trafficking has been undertaken and the business has identified the following areas that pose the most significant potential risk:

4.1 The provision of agency labour

The potential risk - enslaved or human trafficked individuals are placed in work as agency labour with clients.

Risk control/Mitigation - Undertake checks on each individual including; eligibility to work, reference checking, proof of national insurance and bank details to ensure each person is acting in their own right.

4.2 The supply chain

The potential risk - the use of suppliers that contravene the Modern Slavery Act 2015

Risk control/Mitigation - all suppliers who set up a supplier account with us; are required to complete and return an Approved Suppliers Questionnaire (MH43) and as part of this, they must commit to their adherence to the requirements set out in the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

5.0  Training

Modern Slavery is a term used to encapsulate two offences in the Modern Slavery Act 2015:

  • Slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour
  • Human trafficking

We as a company have a responsibility to ensure that workers are not being exploited, that they are safe and that relevant employment, health and safety, human rights laws and international standards are adhered to, including freedom of movement and communications. We are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking.

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business we will internally train all new personnel on our policy and to ensure understanding as part of the induction process.

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