Modern slavery is defined as the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain. It includes forced labour; servile or forced marriage; debt bondage; human trafficking; sale, abuse and manipulation of children; and slavery practices.
The Health Partners Group are committed to the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and confirm our abhorrence of slavery, bonded labour, human trafficking or any other form of coerced activity in our own business and that of our supply chain.
The Health Partners Group are a healthcare provider of occupational health, physiotherapy, psychological health, well-being and specialist training services, based in the United Kingdom.
The Health Partners Group includes Duradiamond Healthcare Limited, Psych Health Limited, Hygiene Partners (OH) Limited, Business Health Resource Limited, Changing Health Limited, and Duradiamond Health Partners. This statement is applicable to all the organisations in the group.
We believe in the fundamental rights of individuals. We declare that we will not abide any compulsory working practices; bonded or forced labour; child labour; forced marriage or modern slavery, in any aspect of our supply chain or business operations, as we believe in an individual’s fundamental rights at work, as defined by the ILO Declaration.
We also comply with the requirements of the United Nations’ Global Compact and are externally audited to corporate social responsibility standards in various accreditations to ensure transparency and assure our Clients, their employees, or any other interested party of our commitment to these standards.
We build relationships with our employees, clients and business partners based on trust, respect, accountability, and professionalism. We wish to conduct all our business affairs with integrity, transparency, and honesty.
Our values reflect a core belief that integrity and ethics are both fundamental and non-negotiable elements of our business.
Health Partners’ ‘Business Ethics and Social Impact Policy’ sets out our commitment to assess and address the risks of violations of human trafficking and the modern slavery law. We have introduced other policies, procedures and mandatory training for all employees that contribute to ensuring modern slavery does not occur in our business or supply chain. Our policy includes guidance and information to enable our employees to make ethically appropriate decisions that are consistent with our values.
We expect and encourage our employees to report any issues or concerns they may have about potential ethical or moral violations, including concerns regarding fundamental human and labour rights.
We have a risk register which details our risk assessment of the issues of modern slavery and have set ourselves internal KPIs to reduce the possibility of this occurring in our business and that of our suppliers and partners.
Where possible we provide our services ‘in house’ recruiting specialists so that we do not have to utilise services from other parties, however we will always require some partners to provide services or products we are unable to produce. Of the business partners we continue to work with, we have continued to review the existing controls and processes, as well as their effectiveness, to mitigate the risk of modern slavery entering our supply chain. All must undergo specific due diligence before we will contract with them, and regularly thereafter, which includes checking all human rights and working practices within their businesses and their own supply chain. Business Partners are also asked to sign up to our Code of Conduct which sets out expectations regarding labour practices. The Business Partner Code of Conduct, includes but is not limited to, all aspects of forced, involuntary and child labour.
Working with our business partners this year, we have reviewed Walk Free’s Global Slavery Index Report (May 2023) and enhanced our due diligence on all existing and future suppliers to ensure that none of the 14 key imported products, where slavery is most prevalent, are used within our supply chain or where they may be (for example in the making of uniforms) that checks have been made by our partners on their own suppliers to mitigate the risk, and ensured that neither we or any of our partners purchase, or have products for our clients made, in the top 10 countries listed in the Index with the highest prevalence of slavery too. Considering this further tier with our partners reduces our risk further.
Training in both ‘corporate social impact and responsibility’, and specifically ‘modern slavery’, forms part of every new employees’ induction and all existing staff are required to complete the training modules on a regular basis thereafter too.
This statement is approved by the Board of Health Partners Group.
4th September 2023