Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
For the financial year ended 31 December 2022
This statement is made by Metier International Ltd on behalf of all companies and brands within the Group, (together ‘Metier Group’) in accordance with Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”).
We do business differently, putting people and relationships first. Honesty, trust and kindness set us apart and allow us to create an exceptional, human experience. We therefore take a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and 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 modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains.
This statement sets out Metier Group’ 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 business and supply chains. Metier Group recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking and 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.
Metier’s structure and business
Metier Group is a multi-brand, multi-niche, high quality recruitment ecosystem that harnesses the power of human aspiration, human inspiration, and human application. Metier invests globally in high-potential recruitment businesses across a spectrum of sectors and specialisms. Our mission is to create and nurture the ideal environment of expertise, investment, infrastructure, and innovation in which our brand partners can grow to become exceptional.
Metier Group is a professional services company. Our principal services include the placement of senior executives onto Boards and in senior roles within the various Industry Sectors we are involved with and offered to businesses around the world.
Metier Group carries out checks on all new employees and candidates to ensure that they have the right to work in the United Kingdom.
Metier Group is responsible for governance of the Company’s third-party management program. This includes, but is not limited to, facilitating the efficient and effective use of company resources in the acquisition of goods and services from third-party suppliers, while protecting the Metier brand and other financial assets, and complying with company policy and regulatory requirements. Metier Group comprises various procurement spend categories, including: (a) Marketing, Advertising and Print; (b) Customer Servicing; (c) Professional Services; and (d) Technology. Metier’s category teams enable the achievement of business goals by strategically identifying and executing spend optimisation opportunities and by coordinating global and local procurement strategies across the Metier Group supply chain.
Policies and Due Diligence
As a service provider and although we have evaluated the risk of slavery and human trafficking from occurring within our supply chain as low, as part of our ongoing commitment to the highest ethical standards we endeavour the following as ways in which Metier can further mitigate any risk:
All employees at Metier are required to complete adequate training in this regard on an annual basis. Failure to do so constitutes a disciplinary offence. The code of conduct sets the highest ethical standards and requires employees to report any suspicion of non-compliant and/or unethical behaviour (which would include breaches of the Act) either by Metier or any of its business partners, including but not limited to suppliers.
All employees at Metier are required to follow the organisation’s values, which are the principles which guide how we carry out our business and interact with our people and communities. We aim to deliver exceptional service to our clients by building long-lasting relationships based on trust and understanding, and the same approach applies to our relationships with suppliers. Our employees work together across business lines and communicate effectively to ensure all supplier engagement activities are conducted with integrity.
When Metier contracts with a supplier it stipulates inter alia that: (1) suppliers must comply with all applicable laws when providing goods and/ or services to Metier; (2) appropriate background checks must be carried out; and (3) sub-contracting is generally prohibited without the express consent of Metier.
Metier seeks to use Approved Supplier List (ASL) and where possible seeks to use ASL suppliers instead of new suppliers. ASL status means at a minimum that there is a valid contract in place with a supplier and that they have been the subject of a risk assessment process which includes, where applicable, verification that the supplier has in place an adequate code of conduct, background check and compliance policies as well as all required business licenses. Through the ASL we can minimise the risk of unethical practices (including slavery and human trafficking) from being introduced into the supply chain.
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