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Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy

About this policy

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships, and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our business.
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, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners.

Management at all levels is responsible for ensuring that those reporting to them understand and comply with this policy and are given adequate and regular training on it, including the issue of modern slavery in supply chains.

Any stakeholder is invited to comment on this policy and suggest ways in which it might be improved. Comments, suggestions and queries are encouraged and should be addressed to GWC’s Commercial Manager.
Compliance with this policy
Employees must ensure that they have read, understood and comply with this policy.

The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any part of our business or supply chains is the responsibility of all those working for us or under our control. All our staff and contractors are required to avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this policy.

GWC encourages the raising of any concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any part of our business or supply chains of any supplier tier at the earliest possible stage.

If any employee or contractor believes or suspects a breach of this policy has occurred, or that it may occur, GWC management must be notified or it should be reported in accordance with our Whistleblowing Policy as soon as possible.

If an employee or contractor is unsure about whether a particular act, the treatment of workers more generally, or their working conditions within any tier of our supply chains constitutes any of the various forms of modern slavery, they should raise with GWC management.

We aim to encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken. We are committed to ensuring no one suffers any detrimental treatment as a result of reporting in good faith their suspicion that modern slavery of whatever form is or may be taking place in any part of our business or in any of our supply chains.
Breaches of this policy
Any employee who breaches this policy will face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct.

We may terminate our relationship with individuals and organisations working on our behalf if they breach this policy.