Modern slavery is a crime resulting in an abuse of human rights. It is constituted in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“Act”) by the offences of ‘slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour’, and ‘human trafficking’ to include the fact slavery and human trafficking are abuses of a person’s freedoms and rights.
Montash Limited, it subsidiaries and associated companies, Montash B.V. and Montash GmbH hereby, (together “Montash”, “our”, “we”) are totally opposed to such abuses in all our operations whether direct, indirect and in our supply chain as a whole. We are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking, to ensure that slavery and human trafficking do not take place in any part of our business or our supply chains. It is our policy to conduct all of our business in an honest and ethical manner.
Our BusinessMontash are providers of permanent and non-permanent resource, offering a full breadth of individually tailored and professional recruitment solutions to multi-nationals, household names and businesses.
Montash undertakes checks in relation to all registered candidates introduced to clients to ensure candidates’ identity is clearly established. This includes checking documentation such as their right to work documentation; additional checks are often carried out due to requirements set by clients.
Where there is an additional layer in the contractual chain (such as a limited company) documentation is checked which includes their incorporation, insurance and VAT status.
Our Supply ChainsWhere Montash engages with an umbrella company (i.e. a company that employs contractors to work on temporary contract assignments), for the supply of a contractor, such company will undergo stringent due diligence checks at the outset of engagement by Montash, which includes ensuring solutions offered by the umbrella company are legally compliant, further to all local laws.
If the outcome of such due diligence checks is satisfactory, the umbrella company will be included on our preferred supplier list which is freely available to candidates who are looking to become contractors via Montash. The preferred supplier list is continually monitored to ensure continuing standards required by the Montash are met.
Where Montash engage with a limited company of which the candidate is a director or employee, for the supply of the candidate as a contractor, such company again undergoes stringent due diligence checks at the outset of engagement by Montash.
Our chain may be subject to additional due diligence checks depending on the contractual relationship and supply chain specific requirements.
Montash are committed to ensuring there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our chains or in any part of our business. Our Modern Slavery Act 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 anywhere in our supply chains.
Other relevant policies include:-
• Complaints Policy
• Modern Slavery Act Policy
• Whistleblowing Policy
Our policies and Staff Handbook set out the behaviours we expect from our employees in their dealings with colleagues, customers, suppliers, agents, intermediaries, advisers etc. All employees are expected to act with integrity in accordance with the standards of behaviour set out in the Staff Handbook.
We provide guidance and training to support employee understanding of expected behaviour, particularly in respect of their business decisions; we encourage employees to raise any concerns.
Due Diligence Processes for Slavery and Human Trafficking
We consider that the greatest risk of slavery and human trafficking may be in our supply chain where operations and managerial oversight are out of our direct control. We have been looking at our due diligence process and engagement with our suppliers and have made and continue to make a number of changes to strengthen and enhance the protections we have in place.
These include, where appropriate:
• Carrying out in-depth due diligence of any new suppliers to identify any areas of concern; to include sight of documentation regarding modern slavery. Only once due diligence is considered adequate do we register with our suppliers.
• Either carrying out ourselves or requiring our suppliers to carry out, enhanced vetting of their employees;
• Restricting the right of our suppliers to sub-contract services and, where it is permitted, making such subcontracting subject to our prior approval;
• Reviewing our contractual terms and, where necessary, adding in anti-slavery compliance wording further to the Modern Slavery Act;
• Strengthening our contractual audit rights;
• Carrying out annual in-depth due diligence on existing suppliers in order to maintain preferred supplier lists;
• Engaging specialist personnel to further enhance compliance processes and procedures.
We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking and expect all those in our supply chain, and contractors, to comply with our values. Wherever possible we build long standing relationships with local suppliers and make clear our expectations of business behaviour.
Staff, contractors or other parties are strongly encouraged to report any concerns or suspicions that they might have to the HR Director.
Reports surrounding these issues are taken extremely seriously by our board of directors, 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;
• (if applicable) Removing that organisation from our preferred supplier list;
Monitoring and Compliance
We continue to implement steps to measure how effective we have been and are becoming, to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains. In particular:
• Ongoing training to all employees;
• Monitoring of reported complaints; and
• A level of communication and personal contact with the next link in the supply chain and their understanding of, and compliance with, our expectations.
This statement is made pursuant to Section 54 (1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Montash’s slavery and human trafficking statement.