Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement details the American Bridge UK Limited (ABUK) commitment to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chain and our intention to work ethically in our business relationships 

Modern Slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It may take various forms such as slavery, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the withdrawal of a person’s rights to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.  

ABUK are committed to ensuring we understand the modern slavery risks that could exist within our business and supply chain and we ensure that appropriate measures are put in place to minimise this risk.  

The following arrangements have been established and we encourage our staff to proactively look out for the signs of modern slavery within the workplace: 

  • Our Human Resources Department carry out diligent right to work checks on all employees joining ABUK to ensure that individuals are legally allowed to work in the UK, this check follows Home Office guidelines. As part of this check we ensure that employees have access to their own identification documents with original copies checked, copied and held on file. 
  • We issue a written contract of employment to all staff and agency workers ensuring no direct or indirect fees are paid by the employee to obtain work. 
  • We ensure that the bank account details provided belong to the employee and not a third party. In addition, we check whether workers are all being paid into the same bank account which may be a sign of an illegal Gangmaster. 
  • Names and addresses of our employees are checked as a high shared occupancy may indicate a sign of exploitation. 
  • We have a zero-tolerance stance to bullying and harassment and promote fairness, inclusion and respect on our projects and office environment. By creating an inclusive environment individuals are more likely to speak up and report any concerns they may have. 
  • Encouragement of our teams to be vigilant in terms of individuals behaviours and appearance. 
  • Review of supplier’s modern slavery arrangements to ensure that they have robust systems in place. 

 

Any documentation discrepancies or suspected modern slavery cases will be identified and investigated thoroughly by our Human Resources Department with appropriate external action taken if required. Further information or confidential reporting can be made by visiting www.modernslavery.co.uk or by phoning 0800 0121 700.  

ABUK have a zero-tolerance approach to the risk of modern slavery and expect all employees and members of our supply chain to co-operate with the requirements of this statement.  

This policy statement is made pursuant to the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and will be reviewed annually or following significant changes.  

 

Published June 2019