Modern Slavery Policy
Arena Group has a zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking in its supply chain or in any part of the business. This Statement reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.
The policy is applicable to all employees, secondees, agency staff, clients, communities, suppliers and contractors, whether permanent or temporary. The policy applies to all processes relating to employment and training and to any dealings with customers and clients. Decisions relating to customers and communities will be based on business-related criteria only and any irrelevant information will not form part of the process.
This document is known as the “Modern Slavery Policy” and will come into immediate effect. This document will be subject to review and amendment on a regular basis as well as, where necessary, following any major business disruption event. In the event of any query concerning this Policy, enquiries should be made to the HR Manager.
Any actual or suspected breach of this policy must be reported to the HR Manager, who will take appropriate action and inform the relevant internal and external departments. Personnel must report any breach to Arena Group in a timely manner.
Policy adherence is a control to ensure all third-party suppliers understand their responsibilities of conforming to this policy. Where conformance is not met, Arena Group may issue disciplinary action in accordance with the policy.
The HR function will have responsibility for ensuring that standards and expectations envisaged are achieved. Directors, Managers, Supervisors and HR Specialists have a particular responsibility to ensure that the policy is fairly and consistently applied. The ultimate responsibility for this policy lies with the Arena Group Board of Directors. All Directors and line managers within Arena Group are committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
Arena Group acknowledges its responsibility under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and will undertake due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. The organisation's due diligence and reviews include:
- Arena Group will not forge commercial relationships with any business knowingly involved with slavery of human trafficking.
- Arena Group will expect all who have, or seek a commercial relationship with to familiarise themselves with The Modern Slavery Act and our anti-slavery values and act consistently within these.
- As part of the organisation’s due diligence processes into slavery and human trafficking the supplier approval process will incorporate a review of the controls undertaken by the supplier.
- All suppliers to Arena Group will be asked to confirm that they are compliant with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
- This assurance will be undertaken on an annual basis in order to prove to the organisation that it is meeting its obligations under the Act.
Arena Group ensures that is receives relevant paperwork from all members of staff to ensure that they have the right to work and pays at least the national living wage. The organisation promotes its Whistle Blowing Policy for staff to report any areas of concern. As part of the appointment of new suppliers they will be asked to provide information to support their compliance with the obligations of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
All staff will receive a briefing on the importance of the Modern Slavery Act and the obligations that Arena Group has. This will also enable them to identify potential victims and how the organisation can support them.
This statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Arena Group Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the current financial year.