This statement is made as part of Blackthorn Trace’s commitment to eliminating the exploitation of people under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act) and ensuring that our staff and any workers we supply are not subject to threats that may amount to modern slavery, human trafficking, forced labour, and similar human rights abuses.
This statement is published in accordance with section 54 of the Act.
Blackthorn Trace’s policies are approved by the board of directors and ensure that there is transparency in our business and demonstrate our commitment to ensuring modern slavery does not form part of our supply chain.
Blackthorn Trace is a well established recruitment company in England supplying both temporary and permanent workers. We recruit for a diverse range of clients and manage relationships at various levels of the recruitment chain. We operate from 14 branches across the country specialising in Office Support, Accounting & Finance and IT.
We have a Modern Slavery Policy which outlines our position [link]. We have also seen an increase in clients introducing their own code of conduct and we have adapted our terms of business to include a commitment to tackle this issue. This allows us to ensure that standards are being met and legislation is being complied with in our supply chain.
We have developed and adopted a proactive approach to tackling hidden exploitation. Within our own business, we have introduced appropriate training and awareness information to all our staff. In particular, our leadership team and senior managers receive training in identifying and resolving concerns around modern slavery and human trafficking. We have also introduced guidance around modern slavery, as well as other wider human rights issues, to our induction programme so that all staff can bring any concerns they have to the attention of management.
We review the potential for risk at regular intervals, including the possibility of auditing a supplier or conducting spot checks.
As a recruitment business, we need to ensure that our workers are not forced to work, through mental or physical threats or subject to abuse while at work. After due consideration and having assessed the risk in the areas we operate, we have not identified any significant risks of modern slavery, forced labour, or human trafficking in our supply chain. We do not consider ourselves to operate in high risk sectors nor do we source workers from overseas however, we continue to be alert to the potential for problems.