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The Merit statement on Human Trafficking and Slavery, in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 establishes our commitment to preventing slavery, servitude or other forced and compulsory labour as set out in Part 1, Sections 1-4 of the act. It is dedicated to conducting its business activities in accordance with the maximum legal and ethical standards. Modern Slavery is a serious violation of Human Rights and Merit Group is entirely dedicated to its eradication.
Merit Group will not tolerate the holding of a person in slavery or servitude, require a person to perform compulsory labour or commit a Human Trafficking offence by arranging or facilitating the travel of a person with the view to that person being exploited in its business or supply chain. In addition it is wholly opposed to the use of debt bondage in either forced labour or human trafficking. Merit will not exploit any such person, in accordance with the meaning of exploitation set out in Part 1 Section 3 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Merit Group standards apply to all employees and upon interviewing any applicants its recruiters are required to sign a document setting out basic principles demonstrative of its commitment to preventing modern slavery. Such principles include, but are not limited to;
Outlining such principles enables employees to spot the signs of potential exploitation of workers.
The Gangmasters Licensing Authority is a Non Departmental Public Body which works in partnership to protect vulnerable and exploited workers and is governed by the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004. The licensing scheme regulates businesses who provide workers to the fresh produce supply chain and horticulture industry to make sure they meet the employment standards required by law. Merit Group further exhibits its commitment to the prohibition of slavery, human trafficking and debt bondage as it is licensed by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority. The benefits of licensing are;