Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement

Introduction

Leo Xander recognises that all businesses have an obligation to prevent slavery and human trafficking and will do all in its power to prevent slavery and human trafficking within its business and within the supply chains through which it operates.

Modern slavery can take many forms including the trafficking of people, forced labour, servitude and slavery. As the world’s leading recruitment experts, we take our responsibility for supplying staff extremely seriously and are aware of the potential for being targeted by traffickers and unlicensed gang-masters. Our own processes around candidate engagement ensure our employees are alert to the signs of exploitation, in order that we may take the necessary action promptly and effectively should it be identified. Sectors affected include, but are not limited to, construction & property, engineering & manufacturing and life sciences.

This statement focuses specifically on Leo Xander’ compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act) and highlights the steps we take to ensure there is no slavery or human trafficking occurring within the organisation or its supply chains. One of our Company’s most valuable assets has always been its reputation for integrity and fairness. Maintaining this reputation within our market is an essential pre-requisite to our continued success.

Our Business

Our business consists of recruitment across the following 3 specialisms:

  • Construction & Property
  • Life Sciences
  • Engineering & Manufacturing

Our Supply Chains

Our supply chains include, but are not limited to, sourcing candidates for clients. This may involve the introduction by external agencies to Leo Xander of candidates for onward supply to our clients. We expect our suppliers and potential suppliers to aim for high ethical standards and to operate in an ethical, legally-compliant and professional manner by adhering to our Supplier Code of Conduct. We also expect our suppliers to promote similar standards in their own supply chain.

Our Policies including on Slavery and Human Trafficking

Suppliers are expected to adhere to our Supplier Code of Conduct, which includes specific reference to the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and should have in place a policy recognising, respecting and protecting the human rights of their employees, those of their suppliers and business partners and the communities affected by the suppliers’ operations.

Employees should be free to choose to work for their employer and to leave the company upon reasonable notice.

All employees must be provided with a clear contract of employment, which complies with local legislation.

All employees must be treated in a fair and equal manner and with dignity and respect.

Any form of discrimination, victimisation or harassment on any grounds including, but not limited to, marital or civil partnership status, sex (including gender reassignment), race (including colour, ethnic and national origin, nationality), disability, sexual orientation, having or not having dependants, religious belief or political opinion, age, trade union activity and offending background should be prohibited.

All applicable laws and industry standards on employee wages, benefits, working hours and minimum age should be adhered to in all countries of operation, without any unauthorised deductions. Suppliers should observe the provisions of the International Labour Organization such that any young persons under the age of 18 should not be employed to work at night or for any hazardous work and their employment should not harm the young person’s education, health or physical, mental, moral or social development. No young persons may be employed below the age of 16.

All slavery and human trafficking laws must be complied with including, but not limited to, the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. Suppliers must ensure their business operations are free from slavery and human trafficking practices whether in the UK or elsewhere, both internally and within their supply chains and other external business relationships. We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.

Due Diligence Process for Slavery and Human Trafficking

Leo Xander ensure strict compliance checks are carried for all candidates it supplies. We verify the identity of each worker and their right to work before supply commences.

As part of our commitment to identify and eradicate slavery and human trafficking, we have in place a process to undertake due diligence on our supply chain network to ensure compliance with legislative obligations; such compliance forms part of our contractual relationship with suppliers.

All Leo Xander employees have access to dedicated channels through which they may voice concerns, either through local reporting mechanisms or through the global whistleblowing procedure. Leo Xander is committed to protecting employees when disclosing malpractice and will ensure that all disclosures made in good faith will be treated confidentially and without fear of retaliation.

Training

All staff within Leo Xander are expected to comply with all laws and act in accordance with local guidelines and regulations and act with integrity and honesty. A training module on modern slavery and human trafficking is also available to all employees. In the UK, an e-learning module forms part of a training package undertaken by new employees. Should any of our colleagues need any additional information or support with regard to human trafficking, forced labour, servitude and slavery this will be provided.

Following its initial adoption, this Anti-slavery and Human Trafficking Statement will be reviewed by the Company’s Directors and the cross functional team nominated by the business on an annual basis. This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Group’s Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the financial year ending 31st October 2020. It was approved by the Board of Directors on 31st October 2020.

Signed: Fran Lilley

Position: Operations Director

For and on behalf of Leo Xander

Date: 1st May 2022

If you have any questions about this Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement, you can write to the Managing Director at Leo Xander Limited, John Eccles House, Science Park, Robert Robinson Ave, Littlemore, Oxford OX4 4GP, United Kingdom. Alternatively, you may email us at accounts@leoxander.com.