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Modern Slavery Policy

Slavery, child labour and human trafficking are serious crimes and a violation of fundamental human rights.  There are various forms of this ‘Modern Slavery’ which deprives victims of their liberty and usually involves financial exploitation.

At AVS we conduct our business fairly, ethically and with respect to fundamental human rights. We are fully committed to the prevention of all forms of slavery, forced labour or servitude, child labour and human-trafficking, both in our business and in our supply chains. We will not tolerate it.

Preventing Slavery and Human-Trafficking in our Business

AVS makes appropriate checks on all employees, recruitment agencies and suppliers, to know who is working for, or on behalf of us.

AVS provides every employee with a written contract of employment. We pay every employee in accordance with the law. We comply with our legal obligations to ensure the health and safety of all of our employees and workers, including in relation to working hours, rest breaks and holidays.

If you are one of our Suppliers

If you supply AVS with goods or services, you must assess your business and supply chains and confirm to our Human Resources Manager that you comply with your legal obligations, in relation to Modern Slavery, and are committed to ensuring there is no slavery, forced labour or servitude, child labour or human trafficking taking place in your business, or any of your supply chains.

If you breach this policy, or are found to have slavery or human-trafficking in your business, or knowingly in your supply chain, AVS may terminate the contract with you and pursue its legal remedies against you.

If you are an Employee or Worker providing services for us

You must immediately report any suspicions of Modern Slavery or human-trafficking in our business or supply chains to our Human Resources Manager. The Human Resources Manager will investigate and report to our Board of Directors, within a reasonable time, on actions which may require to be taken.

You will not suffer any detrimental treatment as a result of reporting any genuine concerns, raised in good faith, under this policy. This applies, even if after investigation, they are found to be mistaken. If you believe that you have suffered any such treatment, you should immediately inform the Human Resources Manager and if you are an employee, refer to our Grievance and Whistleblowing Policies.