Modern Slavery Statement .
Modern slavery is a crime and an immoral act that deprives a person's liberty and dignity for another person's gain. It is a real problem for millions of people around the world, including many in developed countries, who are being kept and exploited in various forms of slavery. Every company is at risk of being involved in this crime through its operations and its supply chain.
At Lancashire Forensic Science Academy. we have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and are fully committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operation and supply chain. We have taken concrete steps to tackle modern slavery, as outlined in our statement. This statement sets out the actions that we have taken to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to our business and to implement steps to prevent slavery and human trafficking during the financial year 2021-2022.
Our business and supply chains
At LFSA we collaborate with various organizations, businesses and partners for the value of the knowledge gain, support of others, continuous improvement and having the best possible intentions we constantly put others at the centre of our attention. While cooperating with various representatives of local communities and other countries we aim to constantly ensure that we do not interfere with the freedom of expression and rights of others.
We establish a relationship of trust and integrity with all our suppliers and partners, which is built upon mutually beneficial factors. Our supplier selection and on-boarding procedure include due diligence of the supplier's reputation, respect for the law, compliance with health, safety and environmental standards.
We haven't been made aware of any allegations of human trafficking/slavery activities against any of our suppliers, but if we were, then we would act immediately against the supplier and report it to the authorities.
We recognise that modern slavery is a significant global human rights issue and includes human trafficking, sexual exploitation, forced and bonded labour, some forms of child labour and domestic servitude. Our commitment starts with protecting and respecting human rights and taking action to prevent slavery and human trafficking in all its forms. We will act ethically and with integrity in all our relationships and use all reasonable endeavours to take action within our direct operations and our wider sphere of influence to ensure slavery and human trafficking are not taking place. We are committed to continually researching, teaching and raising awareness on modern slavery issues.
In the past year, we conducted a risk assessment of our supply chain by taking into account:
The risk profile of individual countries based on the Global Slavery Index
The presence of vulnerable demographic groups
A news analysis and the insights of labour and human rights groups.
Lancashire Forensic Science Academy operates the following policies for identifying and preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operations:
Whistleblowing Policy - we encourage all employees, customers and suppliers to report any suspicion of slavery or human trafficking without fear of revenge. We provide a confidential response to any enquiries made by provided on the corporate website email address.
Code of Conduct - our code encourages employees to do the right thing by clearly stating the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing the business. We strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating abroad and managing our supply chain.
In the current year 2021, in addition to continuing the work outlined above, we direct our attention towards the following steps
Raising awareness of modern slavery amongst our teams, partners, contractors and international friends that support our operations.
Engaging in supplier communication, through keeping databases up-to-date as well as maintaining optimum contact during face to face events.
Reviewing best practice guidance and contract conditions in terms of electronic data storage, with the aim to implement where appropriate future improvements agreed with the procurement department.
Developing further research collaborations related to modern slavery risks and solutions.
Continuing our work to research and developing innovative forms of advice regarding taking action on modern slavery for people working in different parts of the world.
Reviewing grievance mechanisms and access to remedy for modern slavery victims.
Identifying opportunities to support victims of modern slavery and further address the root causes of modern slavery.
Exploring opportunities to further address modern slavery risks in our supply chains.
Reviewing the inclusion of Modern Slavery KPIs and figures as part of a wider range of review process.
LFSA has raised awareness of modern slavery issues by making sure the policy is visible on the corporate web and also while collaborating with others we make sure that the subject of modern slavery when asked is being explained.