Modern slavery and human trafficking statement
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It 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 in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
We are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking.
We are are a team of doctors and other professionals, providing recruitment services for NHS trusts in the UK. DOC2UK is organised into one legal entity.
DOC2UK is a private limited company registered in England & Wales, company number 10831141, with registered office at 22 Camborne Road, London, England, HA8 8FD
We predominantly work with Healthcare associates in India and the UK.
Our supply chains include organisations that uphold and promote ethical ideals and standards due to their scholastic ethos.
These organisations are:
We also consult with other Recruitment Organisations situated in both the UK and India.
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
In light of the obligation to report on measures to ensure that all parts of our business and supply chain are slavery free, we have reviewed our workplace policies and procedures to assess their effectiveness in identifying and tackling modern slavery issues.
The qualifications, personal and professional histories of every candidate applying to use our services is vetted by Professional Organisations in both India and the UK.
We also ensure that the candidates have a premier UK bank account when they arrive in the UK, that their wages are deposited into, unless they specify another UK bank account. We also provide a pastoral support to our candidates once they have signed up to our service, and we ensure that their well-being is one of our main priorities. These steps reduces the likelihood that the candidate is suffering servitude
Our internal employment practices are relevant to the risks associated with modern slavery. As of 2018, we now carry out external reference checks on all new staff and volunteers, regardless of contract duration, which includes identity verification.
We ensure the organisations we associate with are vetted and possess good standing in the Recruitment industry.
We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors comply with our values we intend to review our agreements and dealings with our suppliers in order to comply with anti slavery measures.
We will also create a compliance document that we will ask all of our suppliers to review, agree to, and sign.
We acknowledge that we will have due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking as part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk in our Compliance Document. We will have in place systems to:
▪ Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains.
▪ Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains. ▪ Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.
▪ Protect whistle blowers.
The Compliance Document will be written by Nicola Evans and authorised by Dr Naveen Keerthi. We intend for our Compliance Document, workplace policies and procedures to demonstrate 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.
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 intend to provide training to our staff. We will request that our business partners to provide training to their staff and suppliers and providers in our Compliance Document.
Following a review of the effectiveness of the steps we have taken in 2019 to ensure that here is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains we intend to take the following further steps to combat slavery and human trafficking.
The specific challenge here is developing indicators that we can ensure are achievable and measurable for our people who execute procurement activities, and that the same can be developed as required from an operations perspective.
This has proved more challenging that we previously anticipated.
We are looking ahead at our future commitments. We are anticipating significant organisational changes during the course of 2020 and 2021. This will have an impact on how we continue to expand our efforts in mitigating the risk of modern slavery in our operations and supply chains.
We commit to the following:
• To create our aforementioned Compliance Document;
• maintain and continually review our existing policies, procedures and controls; • To audit our suppliers using a tailored and risk-based approach;
• To improve staff awareness, particularly in higher-risk locations, through training engagement establish a larger working group in 2020-2021, with representatives from across our organisation in order to effectively coordinate our efforts and support the maintenance of our existing approach.
• There is also a scheduled review of internal business systems in 2020, which will impact our monitoring of supply chains and execution of procurement activities. This will also influence our approach and potentially offer new opportunities to evolve and improve.
Dr Naveen Keerthi