Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy
This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and explains the steps that Logistical Support Services Limited (LSS) has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Logistical Support Services Limited has a zero-tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. Logistical Support Services Limited is committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
This policy applies to all individuals working for the Company or on the Company’s behalf in any capacity, including employees, casual workers, directors, agency workers, volunteers, agents, contractors, consultants and business partners.
Business and Organisational Structure
Founded in 1997, Logistical Support Services Limited is an industry leading specialist in the secure and compliant multi-modal transport of UK Section 5 Prohibited Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives/Dangerous Goods, Protectively Marked Goods, ITAR Goods and those goods that required additional security measures on a global scale.
Due to the inherent nature of international operations, the Company is required to execute services to high risks countries and continents such as Asia and Southern America. The Company continually monitors into such areas and ensure appropriates actions are taken to safeguard compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Responsibility for the Policy
The Senior Leadership Team of Logistical Support Services Limited has overall responsibility for ensuring that the Company’s legal and ethical obligations with this policy is complied with.
The Compliance Director has day-to-day responsibility for the implementation of this policy, monitoring and reviewing its use and effectiveness and auditing internal control systems, policies and procedures to ensure they remain effective with their purpose of preventing or eliminating the risk of modern slavery.
The Senior Leadership Team are responsible for any and all investigations into allegations of modern slavery within the Company’s business or supply chains. All line managers throughout the Company understand and comply with this policy.
It is the responsibility of all those working for Logistical Support Services Limited, either directly or under the Company’s control, to aid with the prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery. This applies to any part of the Company’s business or supply chains, irrespective of geographical scope.
The Senior Leadership Team remains committed to ensuring that no modern slavery or human trafficking takes place within our business or in any part of our supply chain. As part of our commitment to preventing modern slavery and human trafficking in our business, we encourage openness with all our employees across the various sites that we operate from.
Should a mistaken concern be raised out of good faith, the Company remains committed to ensuring no detrimental treatment or victimisation occurs as a result of the individual enforcing in good faith their suspicion that modern slavery is or may be taking place in any part of its business or in any of its supply chains.
Any employee or individual can contact the UK Government’s Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700 or online at www.modernslaveryhelpline.org to obtain further information and guidance.
Recruitment, Training and Communication
We employ over 50 people across our offices in Bristol, Stevenage and Bolton. The risk of modern slavery and human trafficking in our workforce has been identified by our Senior Leadership Team as “low”. Our employment base is a body of trained professionals who have been employed through a transparent and ethical job application process.
We remain committed to rigorously control every element of the recruitment process throughout our offices and are careful not to employ anyone that could be considered to be vulnerable to modern slavery or human trafficking.
Logistical Support Services Limited centralises it Human Resources department at it’s Bristol Head Office and in doing so, we can ensure our zero-tolerance attitude to modern slavery and human trafficking is enforced.
Result of a Policy Breach
Any employee of Logistical Support Services Limited who breaches this policy will face a thorough investigation and disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal for gross misconduct.
For any supplier, contractor or other business partner, the Company reserves the right to terminate its commercial relationship with immediate effect if they breach this policy and/or are found to have been involved in modern slavery. Such is our commitment to irradicating modern slavery.