Anti Slavery Policy

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.  

RVM Systems have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery, and we are  committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and  relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to  ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of  our supply chains.  

We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in  our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent  with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  

We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other  business partners, and as part of our contracting processes, in the coming year we  will include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked  

labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, and we  expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.  

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.  

This policy does not form part of any employee’s contract of employment and we  may amend it at any time.

Responsibility for the policy

The Company has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our  legal and ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it.  

The Company has primary and day-to-day responsibility for implementing this policy,  monitoring its use and effectiveness, dealing with any queries about it, and auditing  internal control systems and procedures to ensure they are effective in countering  modern slavery.  

Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them  understand and comply with this policy and are given adequate and regular training  on it and the issue of modern slavery in supply chains.  

You are invited to comment on this policy and suggest ways in which it might be  improved. Comments, suggestions and queries are encouraged and should be  addressed to the Managing Director.

Compliance with the policy

You must ensure that you read, understand and comply with this policy.  

The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any part of our  business or supply chains is the responsibility of all those working for us or under our  control. You are required to avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a  breach of this policy. You must notify your line manager OR a company Director as soon as possible if you believe or suspect that a conflict with this policy has occurred  or may occur in the future.  

You are encouraged to raise concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern  slavery in any parts of our business or supply chains of any supplier tier at the  earliest possible stage. If you believe or suspect a breach of this policy has occurred  or that it may occur, you must notify your line manager or company Director OR  report it in accordance with our Whistleblowing Policy as soon as possible.  

You should note that where appropriate, and with the welfare and safety of local  workers as a priority, we will give support and guidance to our suppliers to help them  address coercive, abusive and exploitative work practices in their own business and  supply chains.  

If you are unsure about whether a particular act, the treatment of workers more  generally, or their working conditions within any tier of our supply chains constitutes  any of the various forms of modern slavery, raise it with your line manager or  company Director.  

We aim to encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine  concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken. We are  committed to ensuring no one suffers any detrimental treatment as a result of  reporting in good faith their suspicion that modern slavery of whatever form is or may  be taking place in any part of our own business or in any of our supply chains.  

Detrimental treatment includes dismissal, disciplinary action, threats or other  unfavourable treatment connected with raising a concern.  

If you believe that you have suffered any such treatment, you should inform your line  manager immediately. If the matter is not remedied, and you are an employee, you  should raise it formally using our Grievance Procedure, which can be found in the  current employee handbook.  

This Modern (Anti) Slavery Policy and Statement is intended for businesses in all  countries, especially the United Kingdom; and was brought to you by Rushax.

Communication & awareness of this policy

Training on this policy, and on the risk our business faces from modern slavery in its  supply chains, forms part of the induction process for all individuals who work for us,  and updates will be provided using established methods of communication between  the business and you. Our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery must be communicated to all suppliers, contractors and business partners at the outset of our  business relationship with them and reinforced as appropriate thereafter.

Breaches of this policy

Any employee who breaches this policy will face disciplinary action, which could  result in dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct. We may terminate our  relationship with other individuals and organisations working on our behalf if they  breach this policy.  

Signed off by:  Jennifer Johnston-Watt : Brand Ambassador RVM Systems : January 2021

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