Ovisacom Limited (“the Company”) is registered in England and Wales and operates globally as a recruitment business specialising in recruiting professionals on a contingent, contracted out and permanent basis for clients in the following sectors: Accountancy and Finance, Actuarial, Business Change and Transformation, Cloud, Data Management, Data & Analytics, Debt Collection, eCommerce Management, ERP Solutions, Human Resources and Talent Management, Import and Export, Legal and Mediation, Manufacturing, Medical Transcription, Order Management, Pharma and Life Sciences, Procurement, Property, Facilities and Workplace Management, Public Sector Consulting, Risk Compliance and Financial Crime, Sales and Marketing, Social Media, Strategy and Consulting, Supply Chain Management, Tax and Technology.
Ovisacom Statement on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Introduction:
Ovisacom is committed to the highest standards of integrity, transparency and accountability. It is therefore of vital importance to Ovisacom that it can demonstrate that all appropriate steps are taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of its supply chains or in any part of its own business.
Steps for The Prevention of Modern Slavery:
To hold an individual in slavery is a violation of fundamental human rights and a crime. Ovisacom recognises this 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 for the purposes of exploiting them for personal or commercial gain. Accordingly, guidance on how to recognise and respond to the signs of modern slavery is published for our employees on the Company intranet together with the Company’s Anti-Modern Slavery Policy which sets out how Ovisacom aims to prevent, detect and report modern slavery in any part of its business or supply chains.
Ovisacom takes a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all its business dealings and relationships and in implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in its business operations or in any of the Company’s supply chains. Ovisacom has an internal Training and Development department which is responsible for ensuring all staff training and development needs are met including around the identification and reporting of concerns around modern slavery. Ovisacom expects the same high standards from its suppliers, contractors and other third parties. As part the Company’s contracting processes, it expects that its suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same standards set out in our policy statement below.
We accept that no part of our business is immune to the risk of modern slavery. We appreciate that some parts of our business and their respective supply chains might have a higher risk of modern slavery taking place within them.
Ovisacom has extensive due diligence processes in place to combat any illegal practices related to slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains. For the placement of temporary contractors, Ovisacom carries out a comprehensive vetting process and routinely requests the following documents from work seekers:
- CV and full employment history
- ID documentation
- Right to work
- National Insurance Number or foreign equivalent
- Bank Statement in the name of the individual to be paid
- Proof of address
- Insurance certificates
- Other documents when required by our clients/ local laws
Furthermore, Ovisacom undertakes extensive due diligence when working with umbrella companies by verifying their company structure, onboarding processes (including reward schemes) and their compliance with local laws including tax laws. Ovisacom has an Approved Supplier List in place as it prefers to work with only the most compliant and professional umbrella companies in the market. This Approved Supplier List is evaluated on a regular basis.
Furthermore, as part of our contracting processes, we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour and we expect that our suppliers also hold their own suppliers accountable to comply with the same standards. Our consultants furthermore keep in touch with the contractors regularly throughout their assignment to resolve any issues or concerns that the contractor may have.
For candidates who are considered for an outsourced role with our clients, we only introduce candidates to our clients if we have received their CV and related identification documents, and a confirmation that the applicant has has confirmed their express consent to being put forward for the role. We also carry out reference checks to confirm their work history.
All staff and third parties are required to raise any concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any parts of the Company’s business or supply chains at the earliest possible stage. Ovisacom encourages openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under its Anti-Modern Slavery Policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken.
Ovisacom is 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 the business or in any of the Company’s supply chains. Detrimental treatment includes dismissal, disciplinary action, threats or other unfavourable treatment connected with raising a concern. If any staff believe they have suffered any such treatment, the individual is encouraged to inform either their manager or the HR team immediately and to report the matter to the proper authorities.
The Board of Directors of Ovisacom has overall responsibility for ensuring this Anti-Modern-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy complies with the our legal and ethical obligations, and that all those Staff and third parties under its control comply with it and has approved this Statement.