Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour, and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
Penceat Medical are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in our own business or in our supply chains.
We are committed to ensuring the safety of our patients. Each of our practices has a named Safeguarding Lead to protect the welfare of our patients.
All our employees and contractors receive Safeguarding Training, which includes how modern slavery concerns may be identified. Our Safeguarding Leads will ensure that all employees and contractors are aware of our Safeguarding Procedures. All employees and contractors are asked to review our Whistleblowing Policy so that they are able to speak up freely where they have concerns regarding modern slavery involving our patients, contractors or wider supply chain.
We will ensure there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with disclosure obligations we may have under applicable law. We expect the same standards from our contractors, suppliers, and other business partners, and as part of our contracting processes, we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children.
This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners.
Our Chief Officer has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it. He will have primary responsibility for implementing this policy, monitoring its use and effectiveness, dealing with any queries about it, and reviewing internal control systems and procedures to ensure they are effective in countering modern slavery and human trafficking. Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with this policy.