Last updated: 31st December 2020

Modern Slavery Statement

We are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking. We recognise that slavery and human trafficking is a real yet hidden issue in our society. We will not tolerate slavery and human trafficking in our business or supply chain. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure that any form of slavery is not taking place in our own business or supply chains.

Definitions

Barruko by Sood Marketing Limited considers that Modern Slavery encompasses:

  • Human trafficking
  • Forced work, through mental or physical abuse or threat
  • Being owned or controlled by an employer through the threat of abuse
  • Being dehumanised, being sold as property or treated as property
  • Being physically constrained or restricted on a person’s freedom of movement

We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:

  • Recruitment – we operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
  • Whistleblowing – our whistleblowing policy ensures that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisal.
  • Health and Safety – this policy sets out our approach to ensure we provide a healthy working environment for our staff and contractors that work out of our premises

We intend to take the following further steps to combat slavery and human trafficking:

  • risk assess all new suppliers using the Global Slavery Index and ask them to certify that they have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their own organisation and supply chain;
  • notify all existing suppliers of our expectations and their obligations in relation to the prohibition of modern slavery;
  • incorporate anti-slavery and human trafficking obligations into procurement agreements and subcontracting arrangements on a risk-assessed basis;
  • include appropriate measures in our due diligence processes for sourcing suppliers, subcontractors and acquisitions on a risk-assessed basis;
  • provide training to relevant Group employees to ensure a high-level understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking; and
  • where appropriate we will include reference to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in our policies and procedures.