Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) company policy outlines our efforts to be socially responsible, supporting the (local) communities in which we operate, and providing employees with opportunities for charitable work.
Our company’s social responsibility falls under two categories: compliance and proactiveness. Compliance refers to our company’s commitment to legality and willingness to observe community values. Proactiveness is every initiative to promote human rights, help communities and protect our natural environment.
Our company will:
- Respect the law
- Honour its internal policies
- Ensure that all its business operations are legitimate
- Keep every partnership and collaboration open and transparent
We’ll always conduct business with integrity and respect to human rights. We’ll promote:
- Safety and fair dealing
- Anti-bribery and anti-corruption practices
Protecting the environment
Our company recognises the need to protect the natural environment. Keeping our environment clean and unpolluted is a benefit to all. We’ll always follow best practices when disposing garbage and using chemical substances. Stewardship will also play an important role.
We’ll ensure that we:
- Don’t risk the health and safety of our employees and community.
- Support diversity and inclusion.
Our company is dedicated to protecting human rights. We are a committed equal opportunity employer and will abide by all fair labour practices. We’ll ensure that our activities do not directly or indirectly violate human rights in any country (e.g. forced labour).
Donations and aid
Our company may preserve a budget to make monetary donations. These donations will aim to:
Advance the arts, education and community events and alleviate those in need.
Our company will encourage its employees to volunteer. They can volunteer through programs organised internally or externally. Our company may sponsor volunteering events from other organisations.
Preserving the environment
Apart from legal obligations, our company will proactively protect the environment. Examples of relevant activities include:
- Conserving energy
- Organising reforestation excursions
- Using environmentally-friendly technologies
- Supporting the community
- Our company may initiate and support community investment and educational programs. For example, it may begin partnerships with vendors for constructing public buildings. It can provide support to non-profit organisations or movements to promote cultural and economic development of global and local communities.
We will actively invest in R&D. We will be open to suggestions and listen carefully to ideas. Our company will try to continuously improve the way it operates.
The Company maintains a commitment to monitor best practice and operate continuous improvement in our CSR policy.
All our team have the opportunity to involve themselves in their charitable passions.
Team members are regularly released from work in order to support their chosen charitable activities including bereavement counselling and school governor meetings.
Our CSR is ingrained throughout our organisation.
The purpose of this Policy is to ensure that necessary records and documents of The Company are adequately protected and maintained and to ensure that records that are no longer needed by The Company or are of no value are discarded at the proper time. This Policy is also for the purpose of aiding employees of The Company in understanding their obligations in retaining electronic documents – including e-mail, Web files, text files, sound and video files, PDF documents, and all Microsoft Office or other formatted files.
This Policy represents The Company’s policy regarding the retention and disposal of records and the retention and disposal of electronic documents.
Attached as Appendix A is a Record Retention Schedule that is approved as the initial maintenance, retention and disposal schedule for physical records of The Company and the retention and disposal of electronic documents. We will make modifications to the Record Retention Schedule from time to time to ensure that it follows National legislation and includes the appropriate document and record categories for The Company; monitor legislation affecting record retention; annually review the record retention and disposal program; and monitor compliance with this Policy.
In addition, any retained information can only be used for the purpose for which it is stored. This is compliant with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679)
Suspension of Record Disposal In Event of Legal Proceedings or Claims.
There are certain occasions when information needs to be preserved beyond any limits set out in the Policy. The Policy must be SUSPENDED relating to a specific customer or document and the information retained beyond the period specified in The Company’s Data Retention Schedule in the following circumstances:
Legal proceedings or a regulatory or similar investigation or obligation to produce information are known to be likely, threatened or actual.
A crime is suspected or detected.
Information is relevant to a company in liquidation or receivership, where a debt is due to The Company.
Information is considered by the owning unit to be of potential historical importance and this has been confirmed by the Administrator.
In the case of possible or actual legal proceedings, investigations or crimes occurring, the type of information that needs to be retained relates to any that will help or harm The Company or the other side’s case or liability or amount involved.
If there is any doubt over whether legal proceedings, an investigation or a crime could occur, or what information is relevant or material in these circumstances, the Administrator should be contacted and legal advice sought.
The Administrator shall take such steps as is necessary to promptly inform all staff of any suspension in the further disposal of documents.
Security of personal information.
The Company will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
The Company will store all personal information on our secure (password- and firewall-protected) servers.
The Client should acknowledge that the transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and that The Company cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.
The Client will be responsible for keeping their Username and Password used for accessing The Company’s website confidential; The Company will not ask for password other than when needed to log in to our website.
The Company may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version.
This page should be checked occasionally to ensure that the policy remains relevant.
This Policy applies to all physical records generated during The Company’s operation, including both original documents and reproductions. It also applies to the electronic documents described above.
This Policy was approved by the Board of Directors of The Company on 5th January 2018.
APPENDIX A RECORD RETENTION SCHEDULE
The Record Retention Schedule is organised as follows:
- Accounting and Finance
- Corporate Records
- Correspondence and Internal Memoranda
- Personal Information
- Electronic Records
- Grant Records
- Insurance Records
- Personnel Records
- Tax Records
1. ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE
Record Type and then Retention Period
Annual Audit Reports and Financial Statements: Permanent
- Annual Audit Records, including work papers and other documents that relate to the audit: 7 years after completion of audit
- Annual Plans and Budgets: 7 years
- Bank Statements and Cancelled Cheques: 7 years
- Employee Expense Reports: 7 years
- Interim Financial Statements: 7 years
Record Type and then Retention Period
Contracts and Related Correspondence (including any proposal that resulted in the contract and all other supportive documentation): 7 years after expiration or termination
3. CORPORATE RECORDS
Record Type and then Retention Period
- Corporate Records (minutes, signed minutes of the Board and all committees, record of incorporation, articles of incorporation, annual corporate reports): Permanent
- Licenses and Permits: Permanent
4. CORRESPONDENCE AND INTERNAL MEMORANDA
General Principle: Most correspondence and internal memoranda should be retained for the same period as the document to which they pertain or support. For instance, a letter pertaining to a particular contract would be retained as long as the contract (7 years after expiration). It is recommended that records that support a particular project be kept with the project and take on the retention time of that particular project file.
Correspondence or memoranda that do not pertain to documents having a prescribed retention period should generally be discarded sooner. These may be divided into two general categories:
- Those pertaining to routine matters and having no significant, lasting consequences should be discarded within five years. Some examples include:
- Routine letters and notes that require no acknowledgment or follow up, such as notes of appreciation, congratulations, letters of transmittal, and plans for meetings.
- Form letters that require no follow up.
- Letters of general inquiry and replies that complete a cycle of correspondence.
- Letters or complaints requesting specific action that have no further value after changes are made or action taken (such as name or address change).
- Other letters of inconsequential subject matter or that definitely close correspondence to which no further reference will be necessary.
- Chronological correspondence files.
- Please note that copies of interoffice correspondence and documents where a copy will be in the originating department file should be read and destroyed, unless that information provides reference to or direction to other documents and must be kept for project traceability.
2. Those pertaining to non-routine matters or having significant lasting consequences should generally be retained permanently.
5. Retaining personal information
- This Section sets out the data retention policies and procedure of The Company, which are designed to help ensure compliance with legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal information
- Personal information that is processed by The Company for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
Without prejudice to point 2 (above) The Company will usually delete personal data falling within the categories set out below at the date/time set out below:
Record Type and then Retention Period
- Information about a computer and about visits to and use of this website (including an IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths: 2 years
- Information provided when registering with our website (including email address): 2 years
- Information provided when completing a profile on our website (including a name, gender, date of birth, interests and hobbies, educational details): 2 years
- Information provided for subscribing to email notifications and/or newsletters (including a name and email address): Indefinitely or until the client chooses to ‘unsubscribe’
- Information provided when using the services on the website, or that is generated during the use of those services (including the timing, frequency and pattern of service use): Indefinitely
- Information relating to any subscriptions made (including name, address, telephone number, email address and sector sought): 2 years or until consent is withdrawn
- Information posted to our website for publication on the internet: 5 years after post
- Information contained in or relating to any communications sent through the website (including the communication content and meta data associated with the communication): 2 years following contact
- Any other personal information chosen to be sent: 2 years following contact
Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section, The Company will retain documents (including electronic documents) containing personal data:
(a) to the extent that The Company is required to do so by law;
(b) if The Company believes that the documents may be relevant to any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings;
(c) and to establish, exercise or defend The Company’s legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk).
(d) if explicit consent is given by the data subject. Consent is requested at least every 2 years from candidates seeking contract roles and at least every 12 months for candidates seeking permanent employment.
Each day The Company will run a database backup copy of all electronic data contained on The Company data centre, except for the one financial package. All other databases are in the cloud, connected to a Tier 3 data centre. This backup will include all information relating to current users, as well as any information that remains due to any reason contained in this policy.
6. ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS
- Electronic Mail: Not all email needs to be retained, depending on the subject matter.
- All e-mail—from internal or external sources – is to be deleted after 12 months.
- Staff will strive to keep all but an insignificant minority of their e-mail related to business issues.
- The Company will archive e-mail for 90 days after the staff has deleted it, after which time the e-mail will be permanently deleted.
- Staff will take care not to send confidential/proprietary information held by The Company to outside sources
- Any e-mail staff deems vital to the performance of their job should be copied to the relevant client or candidate record in E Recruit Adapt. (The Company CRM system).
2. Electronic Documents: including Office 365 and PDF files, retention also depends on the subject matter.
The Company does not automatically delete electronic files beyond the dates specified in this Policy. It is the responsibility of all staff to adhere to the guidelines specified in this policy.
In certain case’s a document will be maintained in both paper and electronic form. In such cases the official document will be the electronic document.
7. INSURANCE RECORDS
Record Type and then Retention Period
- Certificates Issued to The Company: Permanent
- Claims Files (including correspondence, medical records, etc.): Permanent
- Insurance Policies (including expired policies): Permanent
8. LEGAL FILES AND PAPERS
Record Type and then Retention Period
- Legal Memoranda and Opinions (including all subject matter files): 7 years after close of matter
- Litigation Files: 1 year after expiration of appeals or time for filing appeals
- Court Orders: Permanent
Record Type and then Retention Period
- Material of Historical Value (including pictures, publications): Permanent
- Policy and Procedures Manuals – Original: Current version with revision history
- Annual Reports: Permanent
10. PERSONNEL RECORDS
Record Type and then Retention Period
- Employee Personnel Records (including individual attendance records, application forms, job or status change records, performance evaluations, termination papers, withholding information, garnishments, test results, training and qualification records): 6 years after separation
- Employment Contracts – Individual: 6 years after separation
- Employment Records Correspondence with Employment Agencies and Advertisements for Job Openings: 3 years from date of hiring decision
11. TAX RECORDS
General Principle: The Company must keep books of account or records as are sufficient to establish amount of gross income, deductions, credits, or other matters required to be shown in any such return.
These documents and records shall be kept for as long as the contents thereof may become material in the administration of state, and local income, franchise, and property tax laws.
Record Type and then Retention Period
- Tax-Exemption Documents and Related Correspondence: Permanent
- Tax Bills, Receipts, Statements: 7 years
- Tax Returns: Permanent
- Sales/Use Tax Records: 7 years
- Annual Information Returns: Permanent
The Company embraces diversity and aims to promote the benefits of diversity in all of our business activities. We seek to develop a business culture that reflects that belief. We will expand the media in which we recruit to in order to ensure that we have a diverse employee and candidate base. We will also strive to ensure that our clients meet their own diversity targets.
The Company is committed to diversity and will promote diversity for all employees, workers and applicants. We will continuously review all aspects of recruitment to avoid unlawful discrimination. The Company will treat everyone equally and will not discriminate on the grounds of an individual’s “protected characteristic” under the Equality Act 2010 (the Act) which are age, disability, gender re-assignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We will not discriminate on the grounds of an individual’s membership or non-membership of a Trade Union. All staff have an obligation to respect and comply with this policy.
The Company is committed to providing training for its entire staff in equal opportunities and diversity.
The Company will avoid stipulating unnecessary requirements which will exclude a higher proportion of a particular group of people and will not prescribe discriminatory requirements for a role.
The Company will not discriminate unlawfully when deciding which candidate/temporary worker is submitted for a vacancy or assignment, or in any terms of employment or terms of engagement for temporary workers. The Company will ensure that each candidate is assessed in accordance with the candidate’s merits, qualifications and ability to perform the relevant duties for the role.
Under the Act unlawful discrimination occurs in the following circumstances:
Direct discrimination occurs when an individual is treated less favourably because of a protected characteristic. Treating someone less favourably means treating them badly in comparison to others that do not have that protected characteristic.
It is unlawful for a recruitment consultancy to discriminate against a person on the grounds of a protected characteristic:
- in the terms on which the recruitment consultancy offers to provide any of its services;
- by refusing or deliberately omitting to provide any of its services;
- in the way it provides any of its services.
Direct discrimination can take place even if the individual does not have the protected characteristic but is treated less favourably because it is assumed he or she has the protected characteristic or is associated with someone that has the protected characteristic.
Direct discrimination would also occur if a recruitment consultancy accepted and acted upon instructions from an employer which states that certain persons are unacceptable due to a protected characteristic, unless an exception applies. The Act contains provisions that permit specifying a requirement that an individual must have a particular protected characteristic in order to undertake a job. These provisions are referred to as occupational requirements.
Where there is an occupational requirement then the client must show that applying the requirement is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim, i.e. the employer must be able to objectively justify applying the requirement. An occupational requirement does not allow an employer to employ someone on less favourable terms or to subject a person to any other detriment.
Neither does an occupational requirement provide an excuse against harassment or victimisation of someone who does not have the occupational requirement.
Indirect discrimination occurs when a provision, criterion or practice (PCP) is applied but this results in people who share a protected characteristic being placed at a disadvantage in comparison to those who do not have the protected characteristic. If the PCP can be objectively justified it will not amount to discrimination.
Indirect discrimination would also occur if a recruitment consultant accepted and acted upon an indirectly discriminatory instruction from an employer.
If the vacancy requires characteristics which amount to an occupational requirement or the instruction is discriminatory but there is an objective justification, The Company will not proceed with the vacancy unless the client provides written confirmation of the occupational requirement, exception or justification.
The Company will use best endeavours to comply with the Act and will not accept instructions from clients that will result in unlawful discrimination.
Under the Act, harassment is defined as unwanted conduct that relates to a protected characteristic which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual. This includes unwanted conduct of a sexual nature.
The Company is committed to providing a work environment free from unlawful harassment.
The Company will ensure that the consultants do not harass any individual.
Examples of prohibited harassment are:
- verbal or written conduct containing derogatory jokes or comments;
- slurs or unwanted sexual advances;
- visual conduct such as derogatory or sexually orientated posters;
- photographs, cartoons, drawings or gestures which some may find offensive;
- physical conduct such as assault, unwanted touching, or any interference because of sex, race or any other protected characteristic basis;
- threats and demands to submit to sexual requests as a condition of continued employment or to avoid some other loss, and offers of employment benefits in return for sexual favours;
- retaliation for having reported or threatened to report harassment.
If an individual believes that they have been unlawfully harassed, they should make an immediate report to The Company followed by a written complaint as soon as possible after the incident. The details of the complaint should include:
- Details of the incident
- Name(s) of the individual(s) involved
- Name(s) of any witness(es)
The Company will undertake a thorough investigation of the allegations. If it is concluded that harassment has occurred, remedial action will be taken.
All employees and workers will be expected to comply with The Company’s policy on harassment in the workplace. Any breach of such a policy will lead to the appropriate disciplinary action.
Any individual who The Company finds to be responsible for harassment will be subject to the disciplinary procedure and the sanction may include termination.
Under the Act victimisation occurs when an individual is treated unfavourably because he/she has done a ‘protected act’ which is bringing a claim for unlawful discrimination or raising a grievance about discrimination or giving evidence in respect of a complaint about discrimination.
The Company will ensure that the consultants do not victimise any individual.
Discrimination occurs when a person is treated unfavourably as a result of their disability.
In direct discrimination occurs where a provision, criterion or practice is applied by or on behalf of an employer, or any physical feature of the employer’s premises, places a disabled person at a substantial disadvantage in comparison with persons who are not disabled.
In recruitment and selection there may be a requirement to make reasonable adjustments. For example, it might be necessary to have different application procedures for partially sighted or blind applicants that enable them to use Braille. With testing and assessment methods and procedures, tests can only be justified if they are directly related to the skills and competencies required for the job. Even then, it might be appropriate to have different levels of acceptable test results, depending on the disability. For example, an applicant with a learning disability might need more time to complete a test, or not be expected to reach the same standard as other non-disabled applicants.
Reasonable adjustments in recruiting could include:
- modifying testing and assessment procedures;
- meeting the candidate at alternative premises which are more easily accessible;
- having flexibility in the timing of interviews;
- modifying application procedures and application forms;
- providing a reader or interpreter.
Wherever possible The Company will make reasonable adjustments to hallways, passages and doors in order to provide and improve means of access for disabled employees and workers. However, this may not always be feasible, due to circumstances creating such difficulties as to render such adjustments as being beyond what is reasonable in all the circumstances.
The Company will not discriminate against a disabled person:
- in the arrangements i.e. application form, interview or arrangements for selection for determining whom a job should be offered; or
- in the terms on which employment or engagement of temporary workers is offered; or
- by refusing to offer, or deliberately not offering the disabled person a job for reasons connected with their disability; or
- in the opportunities afforded to the person for receiving any benefit, or by refusing to afford, or deliberately not affording him or her any such opportunity; or
- by subjecting the individual to any other detriment (detriment will include refusal of training or transfer, demotion, reduction of wage, or harassment).
The Company will make career opportunities available to all people with disabilities and every practical effort will be made to provide for the needs of staff, candidates and clients.
Under the Act, it is unlawful to directly or indirectly discriminate against or to harass or victimise a person because of age. Age discrimination does not just provide protection for people who are older or younger. People of all ages are protected.
A reference to age is a reference to a person’s age group. People who share the protected characteristic of age are people who are in the same age group.
Age group can have various references:
- Under 21s
- People in their 40s
The Company will not discriminate directly or indirectly, harass or victimise any person on the grounds of their age. We will encourage clients not to include any age criteria in job specifications and every attempt will be made to encourage clients to recruit on the basis of competence and skills and not age.
The Company is committed to recruiting and retaining employees whose skills, experience, and attitude are suitable for the requirements of the various positions regardless of age. No age requirements will be stated in any job advertisements on behalf of the company.
If The Company requests age as part of its recruitment process such information will not be used as selection, training or promotion criteria or in any detrimental way and is only for compilation of personal data, which the company holds on all employees and workers and as part of its equal opportunities monitoring process. In addition if under age 22 to adhere to Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2003 and other relevant legislation applicable to children or young candidates.
Where a client requests age or date of birth, this will have to be under an occupational requirement or with an objective justification which should be confirmed in writing.
This policy also covers the treatment of those employees and workers who work on a part-time basis, The Company recognises that it is an essential part of this policy that part time employees are treated on the same terms, with no detriment, as full time employees (albeit on a pro rata basis) in matters such as rates of pay, holiday entitlement, maternity leave, parental and domestic incident leave and access to our pension scheme. The Company also recognises that part time employees must be treated the same as full time employees in relation to training and redundancy situations.
Gender reassignment policy
The Company recognises that any employee or worker may wish to change their gender during the course of their employment with the Company.
The Company will support any employee or worker through the reassignment.
The Company will make every effort to try to protect an employee or worker who has undergone, is undergoing or intends to undergo gender reassignment, from discrimination or harassment within the workplace.
Where an employee is engaged in work where the gender change imposes genuine problems The Company will make every effort to reassign the employee or worker to an alternative role in the Company, if so desired by the employee.
Any employee or worker suffering discrimination on the grounds of gender reassignment should have recourse to the Company’s grievance procedure.
Recruitment of ex-offenders
Where The Company has registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and has the authority to apply for criminal records checks on individual because they are working with children or vulnerable adults or both, we will comply with the DBS’s Code of Practice which includes having a policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders.
Complaints and monitoring procedures
The Company has in place procedures for monitoring compliance with this policy and for dealing with complaints of discrimination. These will be made available immediately upon request. Any discrimination complaint will be investigated fully.
It is an important duty of The Company, in the conduct of its business operations, to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for all its employees. The organisation accepts the fact that this implies a corresponding duty of ensuring that necessary organisation, equipment and training is provided to fulfil this obligation. An effective health and safety policy requires the full collaboration and co-operation of all employees; everybody is asked to read this policy and accept their own personal responsibility for health and safety at work.
The Company is committed to operating the business in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and all applicable regulations made under the Act, so far as reasonably practicable.
COVID-19 policy – updated June 2020
Due to the exceptional circumstances surround the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, this health and safety policy has been updated to include specific arrangements, actions and guidance relating to health and safety in our workplaces.
The health and safety of our employees is critically important, so we have adopted a three stage approach to ensuring our workplaces are safe for our workers. These stages can be summarised as follows:
Risk assessment – completed by the branch manager or brand/divisional director to assess the office environment against a range of key criteria, as recommended by the Government.
Awareness – once the risk assessment has been completed, a COVID-19 poster will be signed by the branch manager/divisional director and displayed prominently in the office, confirming the following:
- A COVID-19 risk assessment has been carried out and the results shared with the people who work there.
- Cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures have been reviewed and updated, where appropriate, to ensure they’re in line with current guidance.
- All reasonable steps have been taken to help people work from home.
- Where working from home is not possible, all reasonable steps have been taken to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace.
- Where people cannot be 2m apart, everything practical has been done to manage and minimise transmission risk.
Individual questionnaires – the final stage sees every individual worker complete a questionnaire confirming they’ve seen the risk assessment and understand the various steps that have been taken to ensure the health and safety of workers is protected.
Completed risk assessments and individual questionnaires are sent to the Group’s head office for central collation and record keeping.
Health & Safety Statement from the CEO
The Company regards the management of health and safety as an integral part of its business and as a management priority. It is our policy that all activities and work will be carried out in a safe manner and we will ensure the health, safety and welfare of our employees and others who may be affected by our activities.
Proper management of health and safety issues is seen as an integral part of the efficient management of the Company’s activities, and critical to developing the professional culture of the Company and establishing and maintaining a solid reputation with all of our clients.
In accordance with Government guidelines the Company has implemented workplace Risk Assessments for the prevention of COVID-19 and social distancing measures in place in line with the government directive.
The Company is committed to ensure the health, safety & wellbeing of all staff in line with government guidance and legislation and will continue to meet with legislative obligation in line with government updates and developments.
It is the Company’s policy, so far as is reasonably practicable to:
- where working from home is not possible, workplaces will make every reasonable effort to comply with social distancing guidelines set out by the government (keeping people 2m apart wherever possible).
- ensure the workplace has sufficient cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with the prevention of COVID-19 Company procedures and workplace Risk Assessment requirements.
- managing third party visits to the premises via remote connection and site guidance to reduce risks.
- provide and maintain facilities, equipment, and systems of work that are safe and without risks to health;
- make arrangements for ensuring safety and absence of risks to health in connection with the use, handling, storage and transport of articles and substances;
- provide such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure the health and safety at work of employees and visitors;
- maintain any place of work under the Company’s control in a condition that is safe and without risks to health and to provide and maintain means of access to and egress from it that are safe and without such risks;
- provide and maintain a working environment for employees that is safe and without risks to health and is adequate as regards facilities and arrangements for their welfare at work;
- provide such protective equipment as is necessary for the health and safety at work of employees and visitors;
- encourage staff to set high standards of health and safety by personal example and to instil an attitude of mind which accepts good health and safety practice as normal;
- monitor the effectiveness of health and safety provisions within The Company;
- and to keep the Health & Safety Policy under regular review and to duly publish any amendments.
The objectives of this policy are fundamental to our business and the Company Directors are responsible for ensuring that the requirements of this policy are achieved.
Management, staff and operatives have responsibility for implementing the specific arrangements made under this policy throughout the Company. All employees are expected to familiarise themselves with its provisions and carry out their defined responsibilities. A copy of all related policies will be held in the HR department and will be made available to all employees.
Employees are expected and encouraged to be proactive on health and safety issues as part of the continued development of the health and safety culture of the organisation and the manual describes the arrangements for employee consultation and feedback.
All employees, contractors and sub-contractors are required to cooperate with the Company and their colleagues in implementing the policy and shall ensure that their own work is without risks to themselves and others as far as reasonably practicable.
The Company will provide appropriate training and make available competent health and safety advice and adequate resources including time and money so that legal obligations may be met.
This policy will be audited for its effectiveness and it will be reviewed on a regular basis.
Ultimate responsibility for Health & Safety rests with The Company and its team of directors. The HR Director has specific responsibility for overseeing the implementation of Health & Safety policy and for advising and updating the Board of The Company and CEO on developments and performance.
The Company’s directors have responsibility for implementation of the Health & Safety Principles and Policy in their areas of responsibility. They must show leadership by ensuring the organisation, management and conduct of operations is in line with The Company standards and ensuring this is supported by adequate resource allocation to implement this policy across the business.
All employees have the responsibility to co-operate with the directors and management to achieve a healthy and safe workplace and to take reasonable care of themselves and others.
Whenever an employee notices a health or safety problem which they are not able to put right, they must straightaway inform a member of the Health & Safety Committee.
Line Managers have responsibility for the health, safety and wellbeing of those working within their area of operation and those who may be affected by the activities. They must ensure that adequate systems are in place to ensure delivery of policy and standards, and meet local statutory requirements.
Those tasked with the supervision of staff, at whatever level, are required to give careful attention to the health and safety of those under their supervision and to ensure that appropriate precautions are taken.
To fulfil its function, the degree of supervision must have reasonable regard to the level of training, experience and expertise of employees being supervised.
The responsibilities of manager(s) and supervisors within the company shall be:
- To read and understand the company’s safety policy and to ensure that its provisions are being effectively carried out.
- To bring the provisions of this policy, in so far as they affect the personnel, to the attention of the employees under the control of particular managers/supervisors.
- To inspect machinery, equipment and structures regularly and to ensure that any defects discovered are remedied forthwith.
- To prevent access by the workforce or other persons to any defective machinery, equipment or structures until the faults have been rectified.
- To ensure that employees are adequately instructed in the safe operation of equipment and machinery.
- To ensure that any areas of the site to which the general public or visitors may have access, are maintained to ensure their safety.
- To arrange for all necessary insurances, certificates etc., appropriate to the site’s size and function.
- To arrange via the responsible person for the reporting of all incidents to the insurers where appropriate.
- To arrange the appropriate fire-certificates for each site, the proper maintenance of fire-fighting equipment, regular fire drills and adequate access to fire-fighting services.
- Ensure that adequate first-aid facilities are available and adequately maintained.
- To ensure that all accidents are reported in accordance with the provision of this policy.
- Ensure that no unnecessary risks are taken by the employees in pursuance of their duties and to ensure a site disciplinary procedure is in place for offenders.
- Set a personal example.
- To give advice upon this policy when requested by either the directors or workforce.
Individual employees have a duty to carry out their work in a safe manner in order to prevent injury and ill health either to themselves or to others who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work.
Individuals are required to comply with the Company’s Health and Safety Policy as it relates to their work activities, and to any action to be taken in case of an emergency.
Monitoring the Health and Safety Policy
Monitoring the effectiveness of The Company’s policies on health and safety commences is a Board responsibility. Monitoring includes ensuring that Health & Safety audits and risk assessments are taking place regularly so that the hazards and risks of activities carried out within The Company are being adequately recognised and controlled.
Monitoring also makes sure that any deficiencies in health and safety performance are identified and that remedial action is recommended and pursued.
The provision of information, instruction and training to all staff (especially new employees) are matters that should also fall within the monitoring exercise.
The Health and Safety Committee assists to carry out the monitoring function effectively via the provision of paper and computer-based monitoring tools, such as model checklists, which individual branches and sites may adapt to their own requirements.
Monitoring of any accidents, incidents and instances of occupational ill-health occurring at branch or site level is particularly important so that remedial action can be taken to prevent any recurrence. The Health and Safety Committee will monitor all reported accidents, incidents and occupational ill-health in order to determine those events that are legally reportable to the relevant enforcing authority, and those which require further investigation and possible notification to others within the Company, and to set in train appropriate remedial action.
Any amendments will be notified by revision of this policy.
- The Company is committed to eliminating modern slavery, human trafficking, forced labour, and similar human rights abuses.
- The Company is committed to ensuring that its staff and any workers it supplies (directly or indirectly) are not subject to behaviour or threats that may amount to modern slavery, human trafficking, forced labour, and similar human rights abuses.
- The Company provides appropriate training and awareness information for all of its staff. In particular, our leadership team receive detailed training in identifying and resolving concerns around modern slavery and human trafficking.
- Our recruiters, HR personnel, and/or staff involved in our procurement and supply chains undertake training courses that include guidance around modern slavery and human trafficking, as well as other wider human rights issues.
- All of our staff receive awareness-raising information around issues involving modern slavery and human trafficking so that they can bring any concerns they have to the attention of management.
- Any staff, workers or other parties are strongly encouraged to report any concerns or suspicions that they might have to our Group’s legal team.
- Reports surrounding these issues are taken extremely seriously by our board of directors who are committed to ensuring that all investigations shall be prompt and effective. If our investigations reveal any issues, we are committed to taking appropriate action, including but not limited to:
- Working with the appropriate organisations to improve standards,
- Removing that organisation from our preferred supplier list,
- Passing details to appropriate law enforcement bodies.
- We regularly monitor our risks in this area through the use of relevant key performance indicators, including:
- The percentage of suppliers who sign up to an appropriate code or provide their own modern slavery statements,
- The amount of time spent on audits, re-audits, spot checks, and related due diligence, and
- The level of modern slavery training and awareness amongst our staff.
- As part of our efforts in this area, we publish and update a modern slavery statement on an annual basis.
- We would also recommend reading this in conjunction with our other policies.
This policy was adopted on January 2018 after being agreed by our board of directors. It is reviewed annually.
Chad Harrison International (company number 08696127) is committed to protecting the privacy of our candidates and users of our website and shall only use information submitted for the purposes contained in this policy.
This policy covers Chad Harrison International’s use of personal information that is collected when you use the chadharrison.co website. You may be asked to submit personal information about yourself (e.g. name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and your CV) in order to enable us to provide you with recruitment services. Such services include searching for suitable employment vacancies, applying for specific jobs or subscribing to our email alerts.
By entering your details in the fields requested, you enable Chad Harrison International to provide you with such recruitment services. Whenever you provide personal information, we will treat that information in accordance with this policy. When using your personal information Chad Harrison International will act in accordance with current legislation practice.
Use and storage of personal information
Any information you provide to Chad Harrison International will be used within Bluestones Group and related group companies.
Access to your personal data is only provided to our staff and your information will only be disclosed to prospective employers as appropriate for the purpose of providing recruitment or employment services.
We may release information to regulatory or law enforcement agencies if required to do so by law.
We will retain information on our database unless for any reason you request for it to be removed. However, we will hold your personal information on our systems for a minimum of 12 months (in accordance with the Employment Agencies Act)
We will ensure that all personal information supplied is held securely, in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
You may opt to receive details of jobs which match your search criteria. For this service you will be required to supply your email address and select certain preferences. Opportunities alerted to you will be based on the Location, Salary and Sector preferences that you select.
You may submit a copy of your CV via our website. This may either be for the purpose of submitting it for a specific role, or to provide it to Chad Harrison International Consultants for general consideration for suitable vacancies as they arise. Your CV will be retained on our database and accessible by our staff. It will only be used for the purpose of supplying recruitment or employment services to you, and will only be passed to potential employers with your permission.
You can update your CV at any time by following the same procedure for submitting a CV and your details will be updated.
Access to personal information
You have the right to request a copy of the personal information that Chad Harrison International holds about you and to have any inaccuracies corrected. (We reserve the right to charge an administration fee for information requests.)
A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier that is sent to your browser from a website’s computer and stored on your computer’s hard drive. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a web site to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites. Cookies record information about your online preferences. Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time.
If you require any further information regarding this policy please contact us on, firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us on:
Cotton Exchange, Bixeth Street, Liverpool, L3 9LQ, United Kingdom
The foundation of the Bluestones Group’s ‘No Child Labour Policy’ is based on the Company’s commitment to find practical, meaningful and culturally appropriate responses to support the elimination of such labour practices. It has been formulated in consideration with the acts. It, therefore, endorses the need for appropriate initiatives to progressively eliminate these abuses.
Bluestones Group and its subsidiary companies do not employ any person below the age of eighteen years at the workplace and prohibits the use of child labour and forced or compulsory labour in all of its businesses and operations. No employee is made to work against his/her will or work as bonded/forced labour, or subject to corporal punishment or coercion of any type related to work.
This policy is publicly available throughout the Company and clearly communicated to all employees in a manner in which it can be understood through induction programmes, Intranets and policy manuals. The implementation of the policy is the responsibility of the Group’s human resources department, who do not permit minors to enter the workforce. There is zero tolerance policy towards its breach. Employment contracts and other records, documenting all relevant details of the employees, including age, are maintained by the Company and/or its subsidiaries and are open to verification by any authorised personnel or relevant statutory body.
Monitoring & Audit
Periodic assessment is conducted. The human resources department undertakes random checks of records annually.
Bluestones Group and its subsidiary companies commit to developing and adopting a proactive approach to tackling hidden labour exploitation.
Hidden labour exploitation is an abuse of job applicants or workers by third party individuals or gangs other than the employer or labour provider including rogue individuals working within these businesses but without the knowledge of management. It includes forced labour and human trafficking for labour exploitation; payment for work-finding services and work-related exploitation such as the forced use of accommodation. It is understood that it is often well hidden by the perpetrators with victims if they perceive of themselves as such, reluctant to come forward.
- Designate appropriate managers to attend “Tackling Hidden Labour Exploitation” training and to have responsibility for developing and operating company procedures relevant to this issue.
- Accept that job finding fees are a business cost, and will not allow these to be paid by job applicants. We will not use any individual or organisation to source and supply workers without confirming that workers are not being charged a work finding fee.
- Ensure that all staff responsible for directly recruiting workers are aware of issues around third-party labour exploitation and signs to look for and have signed appropriate Compliance Principles.
- Ensure that labour sourcing, recruitment and worker placement processes are under the control of trusted and competent staff members.
- Adopt a proactive approach to reporting suspicions of hidden worker exploitation to the Gangmasters Labour Abuse Authority and police if Modern Slavery is suspected.
- Provide information on tackling “Hidden Labour Exploitation” to our workforce through workplace posters, Intranets, induction, etc.
- Encourage workers to report cases of hidden third party labour exploitation, provide the means to do so and investigate and act on reports appropriately.
- Positively encourage and support employees and agency workers to report such exploitation which may be occurring within their communities and inform the best ways how to do report any case.
- Require labour providers and other organisations in the labour supply chain to adopt policies and procedures consistent with the above.
‘Preventing Hidden Labour Exploitation Policy’ applies to all businesses and sites within the Bluestones Investment Group.