This statement sets out the steps taken by Connectr to prevent modern slavery in its business.
Connectr (registered name of MyKindaCrowd) recognises the responsibility that we share with our suppliers, to promote ethical business practices and policies that protect workers from being abused or exploited. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and ensuring we have practices to combat slavery.
The term “slavery” is used to encapsulate the crimes of slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking.
Connectr is an award-winning social business, formed in 2011 to address the fundamental problem that many young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, lack the support, skills, confidence and networks to secure fulfilling, long-term employment. We design and implement a combination of online and face-to-face interactions, targeted at colleges, schools and universities. In doing so we improve access to talent for employers, and teach young people, who previously felt excluded, the skills needed to successfully enter the workforce. This is done through a range of products and services, which we deliver predominantly in the UK.
Connectr’s values and culture are central to the way we conduct business, with a focus on transparency and fairness so that clients can have the confidence they are securing a clear and fair product.
In relation to our own business, our employment decisions, including those involving compensation, are made on a non-discriminatory basis, and without regard to sex, race, colour, age, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship or pregnancy or any other status protected by applicable law. We provide a fair and competitive total compensation package to employees that will attract, retain and motivate talent.
Connectr use suppliers in all areas of our business, including IT, GDPR, facilities management, marketing, advertising and HR support. All suppliers are expected to follow the below:
- Taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their business
- Hold their own suppliers to account over modern slavery
- Pay their employees at least the national minimum wage / national living wage (as appropriate)
- We may terminate the contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light.
How we are preventing slavery
As a small to medium size company we are developing an anti-slavery procedure which sets out how we are striving to combat slavery and reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all business relationships. We continue to take measures to try and ensure slavery is not taking place anywhere in our business.
We will continue to develop this by carrying out risk assessments and we currently have no reason to believe that there is any slavery within Connectr or any of our suppliers.
We will continue to have business awareness and training where needed to ensure the legal requirements in relation to slavery are communicated to key business areas to maintain awareness of the importance of combating slavery within our supply business.
We will continue to provide Connectr employees with information on how to report slavery and to encourage confidential communication.
We also support the prevention of slavery through the implementation of polices as detailed below:
- Recruitment policy. We operate a robust recruitment policy, which includes conducting ‘eligibility to work in the UK’ checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking.
- Whistleblowing policy. We have a well-established whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how the business is operating or our supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
- Code of business conduct. This code explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.
- DBS checks. All employees are DBS checked and this is kept up to date regularly.
- Safeguarding policy. All employees are trained in safeguarding. Where a supplier does not have a safeguarding policy in place, our safeguarding policy is explained and our expectations around reporting set.
Our performance indicators
We will know the that the steps we have put in place are working effectively to prevent slavery in our business and supply chain if no reports of slavery are received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies.
This statement was prepared for the financial year ending 31st January 2018 approved by the CEO of Connectr.
William Akerman CEO
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