Modern slavery statement

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It can take various forms such as, slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking, all of which include the deprivation of a persons liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.

We are committed to acting ethically and responsibly in all of our dealings and relationships, thus we have a zero tolerance approach to this subject. We ensure by following strict and rigorous recruitment/supplier processes that this does not exist. 

Where a member of staff has a concern or suspicion, they are able to report this under our PM11 Whistleblowing Policy, giving them a protected disclosure. NL Group will investigate the concerns immediately, and where any wrongdoing or further suspicions are identified, this will be escalated to a relevant agency such as Police/Safeguarding or Local Authority. If an individual or group of people are at immediate risk, our Policy is to report this to the Police immediately, prior to any internal investigations.

All staff engaged with providing services at NL Group Ltd will be subject to thorough and rigorous recruitment procedures that will include a DBS check, identity check, confirmation of validity to work in the UK, employment history, suitability for the role and references. This will minimise the chance of employing a person that has been, or is subject to, slavery or human trafficking. NL Group Ltd will follow PR16 – Right to Work Checks Policy and Procedure to ensure that a robust and fair process is always followed.

All staff are required to undertake regular training in line with our training matrix, which aims to identify any indicators of modern slavery or human trafficking. Staff are made aware that victims of this type of slavery often do not self-identify. Our training programme for internal staff is reviewed annually and our policies are available via the QCS application.

As a responsible organization, it is important to us that all relevant local or national government policies are implemented throughout our supply chain at NL Group and due diligence measures are always in place. 

If you are aware of or become part of any acts of modern slavery or human trafficking, this can be reported to NL Group management team and the necessary support will be provided in line with our Policy.