This statement applies to The Boutique Workplace Company’s (referred to in this statement as ‘the Organisation’) actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. The information included in the statement refers to the financial year 2022 – 23.
Our organisation is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
The Boutique Workplace Company is an unbranded, flexible workspace provider employing around 70 members of staff in the UK with a head office is based in Leeds, UK. The main activity carried out by the Organisation is the provision of flexible office space. Demand for office space is consistent throughout the year and is therefore not seasonal.
The majority of the Organisation’s suppliers and contractors are based in the UK. The labour supplied to the Organisation in pursuance of its operation is carried out in the United Kingdom, predominately in London, plus additional sites in Birmingham and Wantage.
The Organisation considers that modern slavery encompasses:
The Organisation acknowledges its responsibilities in relation to tackling modern slavery and commits to complying with the provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Organisation understands that this requires an ongoing review of both its internal practices in relation to its labour force and, additionally, its supply chains.
The Organisation does not enter into business with any other organisation, in the United Kingdom or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to involve itself in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.
No labour provided to the Organisation in the pursuance of the provision of its own services is obtained by means of slavery or human trafficking. The Organisation strictly adheres to the minimum standards required in relation to its responsibilities under relevant employment legislation in the United Kingdom.
Responsibility for the Company’s anti-slavery initiatives is as follows:
Policies: The Head of HR is responsible for creating and reviewing policies. The process by which policies are developed is looking at best practice and adapt to the needs of the Company.
Due diligence: Both Head of HR and Executives are responsible for due diligence in relation to known or suspected instances of modern slavery and human trafficking.
Business relationships: The Company is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our business or our supply chains. This Statement affirms its intention to act ethically in our business relationships.
The following policies set down our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our operations:
The Organisation carries out due diligence processes in relation to ensuring slavery and/or human trafficking does not take place in its organisation or supply chains, including conducting a review of the controls of its suppliers. The Company’s due diligence process includes building long-standing relationships with suppliers and making clear our expectations of business partners and invoking sanctions against suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with an action plan provided by us, including the termination of the business relationship.
The Organisation has not, to its knowledge, conducted any business with another organisation which has been found to have involved itself with modern slavery. We have a duty to be alert to risks, however small. Colleagues are expected to report their concerns and management to act upon them.
This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement will be regularly reviewed and updated as necessary. The Board of Directors endorses this policy statement and is fully committed to its implementation.