Modern Slavery Statement
February 21, 2022
This statement applies to Veran Performance Ltd (referred to in this statement as ‘the Organisation’). The information included in the statement refers to the financial year 2021.
The Organisation is a single legal entity with a single office location in the UK. We do not have any legal entities or offices in other countries or regions. The Organisation’s sole office is based in London where the majority of our staff are contracted to work. There are three employees on home working contracts who all reside within the UK.
The Organisation provides business consultancy advice services to other businesses. These services are centred around Human Resources, Finance, Payroll and Procurement functions within businesses. Typically our services are engaged to support other businesses undergoing transformation programmes which include the introduction of new Software as a Service (SaaS) technologies.
The labour supplied to the Organisation in pursuance of its operation is carried out in solely within the UK unless a Client has need for our employees to visit their offices in other countries or regions. Within the UK the majority of our staff are based in our London office.
The Organisation considers that modern slavery encompasses:
Forced work, through mental or physical threat;
Being owned or controlled by an employer through mental or physical abuse of the threat of abuse;
Being dehumanised, treated as a commodity or being bought or sold as property;
Being physically constrained or to have restriction placed on freedom of movement.
The Organisation acknowledges its responsibilities in relation to tackling modern slavery and commits to complying with the provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Organisation understands that this requires an ongoing review of both its internal practices in relation to its labour force and, additionally, its supply chains.
The Organisation does not enter into business with any other organisation, in the United Kingdom or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to involve itself in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.
No labour provided to the Organisation in the pursuance of the provision of its own services is obtained by means of slavery or human trafficking. The Organisation strictly adheres to the minimum standards required in relation to its responsibilities under relevant employment legislation in the United Kingdom.
In order to fulfil its activities, the Organisation’s main supply chains include those related to the provision of IT equipment for our employees use and also recruitment service providers (i.e., agency and head hunters).
In general, the Organisation considers its exposure to slavery/human trafficking to be limited. Nonetheless, it has taken steps to ensure that such practices do not take place in its business nor the business of any organisation that supplies goods and/or services to it.
IMPACT OF COVID-19
During the reporting period covered by this statement, the COVID-19 pandemic had taken hold. For several months, the UK was placed into lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19. This created several challenges for the Organisation, as it did for others across the nation.
During the pandemic, the Group’s employees still had access to the grievance procedure to raise any concerns that they may have had.
In line with emergency legislation passed by the Government, a policy was put in place to provide employees Statutory Sick Pay during periods of self-isolation where it has not been possible to agree a temporary period of homeworking. To date, there have been no instances where employees have not been able to complete their work from home given the nature of our business.
The Organisation’s modern slavery risks were subject to the same monitoring procedures during the pandemic as at all other times.
The Organisation carries out due diligence processes in relation to ensuring slavery and/or human trafficking does not take place in its organisation or supply chains, including conducting a review of the controls of its suppliers.
The Organisation has not, to its knowledge, conducted any business with another organisation which has been found to have involved itself with modern slavery.
In accordance with section 54(4) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the Organisation has taken the following steps to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place:
reviewing supplier contracts to include termination powers in the event that the supplier is, or is suspected, to be involved in modern slavery.
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
The Organisation has set the following key performance indicators to measure its effectiveness in ensuring modern slavery is not taking place in the Organisation or its supply chains.
Contract compliance – all supplier contracts include clause for termination in the event the supplier is, or is suspected, to be involved in modern slavery.
The Organisation has the following policies which further define its stance on modern slavery;
Modern Slavery Policy
The Organisation provides training to staff where required to effectively implement its stance on modern slavery.
SLAVERY COMPLIANCE OFFICER
The Organisation has a Slavery Compliance Officer, to whom all concerns regarding modern slavery should be addressed, and who will then undertake relevant action with regard to the Organisation’s obligations in this regard.
This statement is made in pursuance of Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and will be reviewed for each financial year.