Modern Slavery Statement
Port of Tyne Modern Slavery Statement 2017
Modern slavery is an international crime and encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour.
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires the Port of Tyne to set out the steps it has taken and continues to take to reduce the risk of modern slavery in our business or supply chains.
The Port of Tyne takes a zero tolerance approach and is committed to preventing any form of modern slavery. We will never knowingly deal with any organisation connected to modern slavery.
We are committed to acting ethically, with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
- Modern Slavery statement: This statement sets out the organisation’s stance on modern slavery and explains how employees can report any instances and where they can go for help.
- Recruitment policy: We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK and checks to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
- Whistleblowing policy: We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
- Purchasing policy. This explains the principles we adhere to in selecting suppliers and how we expect suppliers to act.
- The use of temporary and seasonal labour at the Port of Tyne is managed in accordance with an Employment Agency Agreement, which requires that stringent checks are undertaken in advance of an agency worker commencing an assignment:
In many instances we have many long established and contractually binding relationships with suppliers and contractors and are familiar with their businesses. All new contractors or suppliers are required to go through a pre-approval process regarding their financial performance and compliance with legislation.
Due diligence process
Our Modern Slavery statement forms part of our contract with all suppliers and they are required to ensure that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.
We work closely with regulated industry bodies such as the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Marine Management Organisation, the International Maritime Organisation, Border Force and regional and national police forces to monitor potential risks in our own and supply chain businesses.
To ensure awareness and understanding of the modern slavery and human trafficking within our business all directors have been briefed on the subject and we look to brief employees in relevant positions in how to recognise the risks within our business and supply chains. We ensure that employees understand how to raise concerns directly with their line manager, or where appropriate, under the whistleblowing procedures.
This statement is made pursuant to the section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Port of Tyne’s slavery and human trafficking statement.