The Adecco Group is a member of the World Employment Confederation and has a long history of promoting human rights. For example, in November 2003, The Adecco Group became the first organisation in our industry to sign the United Nations Global Compact. Further, in November 2008, UNI Global Union and the World Employment Confederation’s members, including The Adecco Group, signed a memorandum of understanding to consolidate the industry’s global social dialogue to achieve fair conditions for the temporary agency work industry. These two public endorsements are due to the fact that The Adecco Group acknowledges and recognises the:
In June 2013, the European Union commissioned sector-specific guidance for the employment and recruitment agencies sector on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The development of this guidance involved extensive research and multi-stakeholder consultation. The World Employment Confederation was involved in the drafting process from the beginning. The Adecco Group actively supported the World Employment Confederation and contributed to the various drafting and consultation phases.
The Adecco Group has published Human and Labour Rights Guidelines which sets out the Adecco Group’s commitment to International Labour Standards including the relevant ILO Conventions (i.e. 29, 105 (Forced Labour) and 181). These provide guidance and raise awareness amongst The Adecco Group’s stakeholders.
In June 2017, The Adecco Group also published a white paper, “The labour market integration of refugees – A focus on Europe” which showcases best practices of labour market inclusion by companies, including recommendations for both policy makers and employers to address inclusion.
Further, The Adecco Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy has been defined in alignment with The Adecco Group’s overall strategy which includes human and labour rights.
The steps taken by The Adecco Group so far are part of The Adecco Group’s mission to meet our human and labour rights standards, with a specific focus on forced labour and human trafficking.
Our Anti-slavery and Human Trafficking Policy (“the Anti-slavery Policy”) reflects our commitment to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our business and supply chains. The Anti-slavery Policy sets out our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking. Every member of staff is expected to comply with the policy, which includes raising any concerns and using the appropriate reporting channels at the earliest possible stage.
We also operate a Whistleblowing Policy that encourages all staff to report any wrongdoing (including any breaches of the Anti-slavery Policy). In particular the Whistleblowing Policy refers to a number of reporting tools designed to foster an environment of open, honest communication including the Adecco Compliance and Ethics Line, which is available 24 hours a day. All reports will be fully investigated and remedial action and escalation to our board of directors will follow if appropriate.
All policies are available to staff at all times via our internal intranet system.
We have a long-standing approach to supply chain responsibility and so expect our suppliers to agree and adhere to our ethical standards for doing business. These standards require (without limitation) suppliers to:
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide training to our staff where relevant.
We have also published detailed guidance to staff on identifying and responding to an incident of modern slavery. This guidance is available at all times via our internal intranet system.
We have in place systems to:
We have Business Process, Business Assurance, HR and Legal teams dedicated to ensuring compliance with law, policy and process across the business. We review our policies and procedures on a regular basis to ensure ongoing compliance. The Business Assurance team regularly audits and assesses the business to ensure and assess compliance. The results from these audits assist us in measuring how effective we have been to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains.
As an organisation, we are committed to building on what we do each year to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking. Following a review of the effectiveness of the actions we have implemented to date, we intend to take the following further steps to combat modern slavery and human trafficking:
1. Expand the audit requirements of prospective suppliers (where appropriate).
2. Refine the regular audits undertaken by the Business Assurance team.
3. Increase internal awareness on identifying and responding to incidents of modern slavery and human trafficking.
This statement was approved by the board of directors on 5 February 2018 and is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015
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