Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
Issue Date: 10 January 2021
This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022
The statement sets down PM Excellence Ltd commitment to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our business activities and the steps we have put in place with the aim of ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our own business and supply chains. We all have a duty to be alert to risks, however small. Staff are expected to report their concerns and management to act upon them.
We are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking. Our commitment is expressed through corporate and strategic aims and in formal policies, processes and procedures.
We will act ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships, implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere across our business or in our supply chains. This statement sets out the steps we have taken over the last financial year to ensure there is no modern slavery in our business or supply chains.
PM Excellence has its head office in England and our staff are mainly directly employed and are not in any category which is generally seen to be vulnerable to modern slavery in the UK. We work with a range of clients to provide opportunities for people engaged on our programmes and we are alert to any possibility of potential abuse by slavery and human trafficking at the point of referral.
We provide services in training, delivering advice and guidance, learning, employability, recruitment provisions across the UK to and for individuals and corporate bodies. The management of PM Excellence routinely examine the potential for modern slavery within its business operations and supply chains. We predominantly contract for our business with UK companies and, given the nature of our business, we have assessed our risk of exposure to slavery and trafficking as generally low; however, we are aware of people, sectors and geographic areas posing a greater risk and work to mitigate this wherever we deliver our services through the vigilance of our Designated Safeguarding Lead and management.
Additionally we expect the highest standards of conduct throughout our supply chain, requiring all staff engaged and all of our people to act with integrity and honesty. In addition, our procurement processes include due diligence checks about modern slavery and trafficking and we scrutinise our supply chain using our audit, supply chain management, legal and risk specialists.
We seek to procure quality products and services while maintaining the highest ethical standards. Our suppliers and contractors are subject to a formal process of approval and review; our robust supplier selection process means that all prospective preferred suppliers and contractors complete a preferred supplier questionnaire which is evaluated prior to their inclusion on the Supplier and Contractor List and before the procurement of goods or services are made. As well as ongoing supplier management reviews, all organisations on our preferred supplier and contractor List are formally re-evaluated every three years as a minimum, subject to initial contract length. Our procurement policies allow for supplier and contractor visits to be made, if necessary, to enable us to understand more about our suppliers’ sourcing arrangements and methods.
If a potential or existing supplier fails to meet our expectations or is unable to provide information to assure us of their approach, we may not enter into partnership with them, or may terminate an existing relationship.
We support awareness among our staff of potential risks in our business and our supply chain. We will make sure that all our funders, employees, subcontractors, delivery partners, service users and any other stakeholders have a clear and effective platform for asking questions, airing concerns including confidential disclosure or whistleblowing, and will ensure reporting processes are clear.
During the coronavirus pandemic we continue to prioritise the risk of human trafficking and slavery as well as focusing on the health and well-being of staff, partners, suppliers and contractors. We have retained our vigilance and have assessed all safeguarding risks where we have made changes to operating models to maintain services and support people.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, is approved by the Board and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st August 2020.