Benchmark's Vision is 'Building Businesses, Building Individuals'. Modern slavery in any form plays no part in realising our Vision. Our Modern Slavery Policy Statement (Policy) sets out how we work internally, and with our clients and suppliers, to eradicate modern slavery. Our policy reflects the Modern Slavery Act 2015, is prepared annually and is endorsed by our Managing Director and Chair Woman.
1. Benchmark has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and is committed to:
a. acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships;
b. implementing effective systems to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business, our client's businesses or in any of our supply chain partners.
2. Benchmark expects the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners. As part of our contracting processes, we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, complusory 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.
3. This policy applies to Benchmark employees in any capacity, including apprentices, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners.
4. All Directors and Managers 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.
5. All Benchmark employees are required to read, understand and comply with this Policy. They must:
a. avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest a breach of this Policy;
b. prevent, detect and report any instances of modern slavery within Benchmark, and / or within our clients and supply chain partners' organisations;
c. notify their manger / the Managing Director / Chair Woman (using our Whistle Blowing provisions as appropriate) as soon as possible if they believe or suspect that a conflict with this Policy has occurred, or may occur in the future.
d. raise it with their manager / the Managing Director / Chair Woman if they 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.
6. Everyone is invited to comment on this policy and suggest ways in which it might be improved. Comments, suggestions and queries should be addressed to Benchmark's Managing Director, Rebecca Morris or Chair Woman, Louisa Harrison-Walker.
7. Where appropriate, and with the welfare and safety of local workers as a priority we will give support and guidance to our clients and supply chain partners to help them address coercive, abusive and exploitative work practices in their own business and supply chains.
8. Benchmark encourages openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns under this Policy in good faith, 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 taking place in any part of our own business, our clients' business or in any of our supply chain partners' businesses. If you believe that you have suffered any such treament, you should inform your manager / The Managing Director / Chair Woman immediately.
9. Any Benchmark employee who breaches this Policy will face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct.
10. We may terminate our relationship with other individuals and organsations that Benchmark is working for, or that is working on our behalf, if they breach this Policy.
Louisa Harrison - Walker
Founder and Chair Woman
January 6th 2019