Anti-slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2017/18
This statement has been published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out the steps
taken by Austin Fraser Limited, a company registered in England with Company Number 05684470, and
other relevant group companies (“Austin Fraser”) during the financial year ending 28th February 2018 to
prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains.
Introduction from the CFO
At Austin Fraser, we consider modern slavery to be a growing global issue and know our clients and
stakeholders share our concern. We are committed to adopting the highest business and ethical practices in all
facets of our operations and interactions with clients and candidates to live up to our responsibilities in
combating slavery and human trafficking.
Our policy framework and robust operational procedures covering staff education, compliance and
engagement is reviewed by the Board of Directors at least annually along with an assessment of associated
risks, regulatory requirements and best practice in this area. We will continuously assess the adequacy of our
framework in this context to ensure we have the most effective responses and controls in place.
As a business, we maintain relationships with many different organisations in our supply chain, as well as
supplying varying levels of contract, interim, temporary and permanent workers to clients. In the light of the
general law on employment and human rights, and, more specifically, the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015, we
have undertaken a comprehensive review of our existing compliance and risk management processes ensuring
that we can prevent slavery and human trafficking taking place in any part of our businesses or supply chain
We expect all who have, or seek to have, a business relationship with Austin Fraser to familiarise themselves
with our policy in this area and act at all times in a way which is consistent with our commitment to act
ethically and with integrity.
We are publishing this statement to explain the work we have completed to date to combat modern slavery
within our business and the steps we intend to take on an ongoing basis.
2nd October 2018
We are an international provider of recruitment services in the IT, technology, engineering and life sciences
sectors. Austin Fraser Limited is the parent company of the Austin Fraser Group (“Group”). Austin Fraser
Limited’s registered office is at Floor 11, Thames Tower, Station Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1LX. The Group
operates in the UK, Germany and the United States.
Our Supply Chains
As a service provider, our supply chains are limited to those individuals and organisations which provide us
with the goods and services needed to operate our business, such as IT hardware, software and
telecommunications; vehicles; office furniture, equipment and supplies; utilities; travel services; and training
services. There is, therefore, limited scope for slavery and human trafficking to take place in Austin Fraser’s
business or supply chain.
Our Policies on Slavery and Human Trafficking
Austin Fraser expects all employees to live by the “AF Code”. We expect all of our employees to ask
Is what I'm doing fair and reasonable and not impacting anyone else?
Am I being upfront and honest, would someone else see it that way?
Am I breaking any AF policies or the law, or something that could cause embarrassment to me and/or Austin Fraser?
In addition we have implemented an Anti-slavery Policy. Our Anti-slavery Policy reflects 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
Due Diligence Processes for Slavery and Human Trafficking
We review of all of our existing suppliers to identify and assess any potential risk and, where necessary,
monitor and manage that risk. This review will then be repeated on an annual basis.
When assessing the risk we consider:
Country risk - whilst we do not operate in countries that are assessed as being vulnerable to slavery and human trafficking,
we will take this into consideration in supply chain relationships and transactions.
Sector or industry risk - which parts of the business may be vulnerable to slavery and human trafficking.
Business or transaction risk - whether particular relationships or transactions are susceptible to slavery and human trafficking.
Product or raw materials risk - where raw materials are sourced.
We put 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.
Supplier Adherence to Our Values
We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain comply with
our values we have put in place a supply chain compliance programme. This consists of:
Conducting and reviewing all risk assessments annually to determine which parts of our business and which of our
suppliers are most at risk of modern slavery so that efforts can be focused on those areas.
Building long lasting business relationships with reputable suppliers, contractors and sub-contractors.
At point of engagement with any new suppliers and during annual reviews, conveying our position regarding slavery
and people-trafficking either as an introduction or as a reminder, and gaining an understanding of the measures
taken by them to ensure modern slavery is not occurring in their businesses.
Where appropriate, as informed by our risk assessment, seek to introduce supplier pre-screening (for example as part
of our tender process) and self-reporting for our suppliers on safeguarding controls.
Introduce contractual provisions for our suppliers to confirm their adherence to our Modern Slavery Policy and, where
appropriate, accept our right to audit their activities and (where practicable) relationships, both routinely and at times of
Inform and gain agreement from suppliers that we expect all members of our supply chain to at least adopt a ‘one up’
due diligence approach on the next link in the chain.
Training and Internal Processes
In the financial year ending 28th February 2018 we had the following policies in place to help ensure that there is no
slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain:
Disciplinary and Grievance.
Equality & Diversity.
The AF Code.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking to our business, we will provide
training to those of our staff responsible for supplier contracts. This training will ensure that these staff can:
Recognise the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in the supply chain.
Identify and report potential violations of our Modern Slavery Policy.
Understand the consequences for failing to ensure that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in the supply chains.
Adherence to Company expectations in terms of conduct, behaviour and performance forms part of all team members’ obligations
under their contract of employment and the AF Code.
At point of hiring, all new employees will be referenced and will undergo a Company induction and on the job
training which will outline the processes and procedures.
All processes and procedures related to recruitment service provision (both internal and external) have been
and will continue to be defined in such a way as to mitigate the risk of modern slavery occurring. These processes will include
(but will not be limited to) Right to Work Checks and provision of certain personal
information before starting work.
We will establish an appropriate reporting system to encourage reporting of concerns and ensure the
protection of whistleblowers in line with Whistleblowing legislation. We will implement a Whistleblowing
policy which will cover concerns of Modern Slavery and/or Human Trafficking.
Our Effectiveness in Combating Slavery and Human Trafficking
In the financial year ending 28th February 2018 no concerns were raised in relation to modern slavery or
human trafficking within our supply chain.
We will use the following key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure 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 in the current
Vetting procedures - the number or percentage of suppliers that have been vetted for ethical labour
Screening - the number and type of issues identified on screening suppliers.
Whistleblowing - the number of reports relating to modern slavery or human trafficking in the past
Training - the number of staff trained.
Remedial action - the instances of remedial action being needed.
Responsibility for Implementing a Modern Slavery Policy
A cross-functional team composed of representatives from Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR, Systems, IT and
Operations will be established. This team will have functional knowledge and expertise of department specific
policies, procedures and supplier relationships, and will therefore be best placed to:
ensure those reporting to them understand and comply with this statement, and are given adequate,
regular training on the issue of modern slavery.
appropriately assess areas of risk within the departmental supply chain and general operations.
work collaboratively to establish long term partnerships with reputable, tried and tested suppliers for
the group irrespective of location.
Following its initial adoption, this Anti-slavery and Human Trafficking Statement will be reviewed by the
Company’s Directors and the cross functional team nominated by the business on an annual basis.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes
our Group’s Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the financial year ending 28th
February 2018. It was approved by the Board of Directors on 2nd October 2018.