Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2022

This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year 1st February 2022-2023.

1. Introduction

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 with respect to Inspired Act ltd financial year ending 31 January 2023 and sets out the steps Inspired Act has put in place with the aim of ensuring that there is no modern slavery and human trafficking occurring in our own business operations and in our supply chains. 

2. Who we are and what we do

Inspired Act Ltd provide theatrical industry services. From professional actors and media production, through to subject matter experts (SME). Engaged in both traditional theatrical & media settings; through to bespoke specialist training & 'real-to-life' simulations. We share knowledge, resources and expertise to improve UK organisations in their educational teaching; selections/assessment, and/or training of staff in the areas of human 'soft skills'.

3. Our business activities are as follows:

The supply of professional actors for role play or productions.

The supply of film and audio for recorded media.

The supply of Subject Matter Experts (SME) in areas of human 'soft skills' training and public speaking. Including SME from training careers in Blue Light services; Armed Forces; Media Production; Senior executive leadership, & Psychology.

The provision of online training.

The design and development of training courses and examinations. 

Inspired Act Ltd has over 15 years of ongoing contracted engagements in by both the public and private sectors (such as: HM Government civil service; UK Police & NHS; British Armed Forces & Ministry of Defence; to a variety of UK National and Multi-National companies & charity's).

4. Organisational structure

 

Inspired Act Ltd provide services throughout the UK.

Responsibility for the Company’s anti-slavery initiatives is as follows:

 

  • Policies: Senior Company Director is responsible for creating and reviewing policies, best practices to be applied, and adapting to the needs of the Company.

  • Risk Assessments:  Operational Manager is responsible for risk assessments.

  • Due Diligence: Operational Department is responsible for due diligence in relation to known or suspected instances of modern slavery and human trafficking.

5. Our supply chains

 

Our principal supply chains are a combination of both UK and global providers in:

● technology services, including the provision of cloud storage and websites;

● editorial services; ● venues for events and conferences;

● online publication platform providers;

● printing, delivery and related services;

● intermediaries reselling content;

● sub-contractors & self-employed

● Human-resources agency

We remain alert to any risks in our business and supply chains. We take all steps we deem necessary to detect and eliminate any incidence of modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains, with particular focus on high risk areas.

High Risk Activities

We recognise our diverse employed and subcontractor workforce who are based throughout the U.K., carry a certain risk and therefore Inspired Act Ltd have strict guidelines for employment.  As a minimum they register their contact details and headshot on our database, and are then interviewed, and given our terms and conditions to sign in an engagement agreement. They also complete our pre-employment screening Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) check. We confirm nationality and immigration status, current address, employment history (past 3 years) and criminal record. When appropriate for work we are engaged on there is also further in-depth checks through UK Government / Police recognized vetting agencies.

 

6. Our policies on modern slavery and human trafficking

 

We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and in our supply chains. This position reflects our top-level commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to prevent slavery and human trafficking from taking place in our business and supply chains. Our position and the steps we have taken align with our values, and in particular, our value of being “transparent, open and trusted”. Our values are intrinsic in giving us the focus and direction we need to deliver the best service and support in everything we do.

 

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:

  1. Feedback Policy – We operate a whistleblowing policy, including access to providing anonymous feedback, so that all employees and subcontractors can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.

  2. Company Code of Conduct (CoC)– This code explains the manner in which we behave and the expectation of the organisation, and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.

  3. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy –  how we work responsibly with suppliers and local communities and how we manage our environmental impact.

  4. Recruitment Policy – 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.

The Company undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers.

We operate a supplier policy and maintain a preferred supplier list. We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. Our anti-slavery policy forms part of our engagement agreement with all suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts the policy.

In addition to the above, as part of our engagement with suppliers, we require that they confirm to us that:

  1. They have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their business.

  2. They pay their employees at least the national minimum wage/national living wage (UK based suppliers)

  3. They hold their own suppliers to account over modern slavery.

  4. We will investigate any concerns raised and take steps we deem appropriate in the circumstances. These include termination of engagements should any breach of the modern slavery policy be found.

Training

To ensure good understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains, the Company requires all permanent staff to annually review the policy, and complete a course.

7. Looking ahead

We will continue with the approach we have taken to combating modern slavery and human trafficking so far and shall:

● continue to review and assess those risks which are most relevant to our business and where we operate, including by way of site visits to subcontractors, and/or regular review of our preferred supplier list;

● continue to remind and require all our suppliers adhere to our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy;

● continue to review our procurement processes and monitor the outcomes to ensure our systems and processes are effective;

● continue to review our employee training requirements and implement any further training on the topic of modern slavery and human trafficking as may be appropriate;

● continue to remain vigilant and, should we discover or be alerted to an incident of modern slavery or human trafficking in our business or supply chains, we shall take appropriate action.

 

Approval for this Statement

This statement was approved by the Board of Inspired Act Limited on 01 February 2022.

Name: Paul Kelly (Company Director)

Signature Paul Kelly

Date 02 February 2022

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