Introduction from the Executive Director

Human Rights at Sea International (“HRAS International”) has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we strive to act ethically and with integrity in all of our business dealings and relationships to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains. We will also ensure our approach and stance is clear with our partner organisations.

Organisation's structure

We are an indepnedent socially-focused business developed from the UK-registered charity, Human Rights at Sea, by the Founder, David Hammond. We work under English and Welsh Law and submit all necessary and required reporting documents to Companies House.

We are governed by registered Directors. 

Our policies on anti-slavery and human trafficking

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. Our Anti-slavery and Human Trafficking Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all of our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in HRAS International or our supply chains.

We will treat any breach of our Anti-slavery and Human Trafficking Policy very seriously. For example, any employee who breaches the policy will face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct.

We are regularly reviewing and updating relevant policies and have processes in place to monitor and maintain our policies at regular intervals.

Supplier adherence to our values and ethics

All new suppliers, contractors and partners are required to sign our Ethical Code of Practice, which is referenced as standard in our contracts, and now the Sustainability assurance risk assessment forms part of our onboarding process. 

Colleagues in key areas are regularly reminded of Modern Slavery challenges to help enable the identification of any concerns within our supply base. Further relevant training will be enacted.

Our approach to Sustainability is independently assessed annually with any recommendations implemented.

We will regularly assess the effectiveness of all actions, to ensure that they meet our objectives, and to determine whether further steps are required.

HRAS International continued commitment

We recognise the importance of maintaining constant vigilance to identify and address any issues associated with slavery and human trafficking in HRAS International and throughout our supply chains. We are committed to continuing to enhance our capacity to identify, prevent and mitigate any actual or potential risks in these areas. This includes communications through various channels to internal staff and also the ability to report concerns through our Whistleblowing process.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 (Part 6) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It has been approved by the Directors and is signed by David Hammond, the Executive Director.

Signed: 30 April 2024