We will limit risks of modern slavery practices in our business and supply chain. This policy supports our commitment and underpins our annual modern slavery statement (https://www.vantageforward.com.au/modern-slavery-policy).
This policy applies to you if you are involved in our business, including if you are an employee, director, officer, labour hire staff, contractor or other representative of our business or of any business in our supply chain.
While this policy is not part of any contract you may have with us, you are expected to comply with it.
If you do not comply with this policy, we may end our business relationship with you and if you are an employee, you may be disciplined or dismissed.
Modern slavery is depriving a person of freedom for commercial gain and in violation of fundamental human rights.
It describes situations where offenders use coercion, threats or deception to exploit victims and undermine their freedom. Modern slavery involves serious exploitation, not sub-standard working conditions or the underpayment of workers although this may be unlawful for other reasons.
Modern slavery can take many forms including:
Modern slavery can be complex and multi-faceted and can be difficult to spot.
Modern slavery indicators may include where a person:
These indicators are not exhaustive and do not necessarily mean there are modern slavery practices. Sometimes there may be other reasons or circumstances that indicate that something is not right.
Limiting modern slavery practices makes good business sense, protecting our workers and our reputation.
It also supports us in assessing and addressing modern slavery risks as required by modern slavery legislation.
We will endeavour to:
You must take all reasonable steps to ensure our business and supply chain is free of modern slavery practices.
However senior you are and regardless of your business relationship with us, you must pay close attention to the high-risk areas identified in our Modern Slavery Statement, particularly supply chain and outsourcing in jurisdictions without adequate safeguards.
Some areas of the business are likely to have more exposure than others, including procurement and sourcing, human resources, finance, risk, sustainability, projects, legal and leadership.
Examples of specific responsibilities include:
Turning a blind eye is unacceptable and if you reasonably suspect there may be modern slavery, report it under this policy.
If you have a reasonably held suspicion of modern slavery practices, discuss your concerns with Director & CEO ([email protected]), who will decide a course of action and provide any further advice.
If there is immediate danger call the police — don’t tackle a situation on your own as dangerous criminals can be behind modern slavery and human trafficking.
Not all victims may want to be helped and sometimes, reporting a suspected trafficking case puts the potential victim at risk, so it is important that unless there is immediate danger, you discuss your concerns first with Director & CEO before taking any further action.
Keep your eyes and ears open—your awareness and actions may stop someone from being exploited or abused.
Our board of directors are responsible for this policy and will review reports of material slavery concerns.
The policy may be amended, replaced or removed and the current version can be found here: https://www.vantageforward.com.au/modern-slavery-policy.
Last updated: 08th September 2023