This statement, made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, sets out the approach taken by the Personal Group of Companies to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business, and the actions undertaken to mitigate any such risks during the financial year ended 31 December 2017.
Personal Group are a technology enabled employee services business which works with employers to build employee engagement and drive productivity. It has over 200 employees, all in the UK. Our supply chains consist of global suppliers providing retail discounts, e-payslips, employee assistance programmes, computer software and technology goods.
High standards of corporate governance are a priority to the Group with the Board ensuring that our Procurement and Supplier Management Policy is followed when engaging a new supplier or reviewing an existing relationship. This confirms the supplier’s commitment to the identification and eradication of slavery and human trafficking through the due diligence process and overall management of suppliers. All staff have undergone training on the Whistleblowing Policy and are encouraged to report incidents of concern. There were no instances of slavery or human trafficking concerns raised to us during the financial year.
For 2018 we have developed training materials which will be made available across the business via our learning management platform with particular emphasis placed on those directly connected to maintenance of supplier relationships.
Any instance of slavery or human trafficking would be expected to be a breach of law, our supplier standards and our company policies, but due to the nature of our business and our approach to governance, we assess that there is very low risk of slavery and human trafficking, both in our own business and our supply chain. However, we aim to periodically review the effectiveness of the relevant policies and procedures that we have in place.
This statement is approved by the Board on 20 June 2018 and signed on its behalf by: