Preventing Hidden Labour Exploitation

Mainetti UK Ltd commits to developing and adopting a proactive approach to tackling hidden labour exploitation.
Hidden labour exploitation is exploitation of job applicants and workers by third-party individuals or gangs other than the employer or labour provider including rogue individuals working within these businesses but without the knowledge of management. It includes forced labour and human trafficking for labour exploitation; payment for work-finding services and work-related exploitation such as forced use of accommodation. It is understood that it is often well hidden by the perpetrators with victims, if they perceive of themselves as such, reluctant to come forward.

This policy is applicable to all offices and operations within the Mainetti UK Ltd group, inclusive of Jedburgh, Wrexham, Hull, and London.

Overall responsibility for this policy, training and updates and auditing of this policy to ensure the policy commitments are upheld is that of Renee Burroughs, HR Business Partner. In our commitment to the Preventing Labour Exploitation HR Policy, site managers, Mikolaj Pietrzyk and Graeme Purves are trained and tasked with the responsibility of upholding the Stronger Together HR Policy at a local level.

Mainetti UK shall:

Accept that job finding fees are a business cost and will not allow these to be paid by job applicants. The Company will not use any individual or organization to source and supply workers without confirming that workers are not being charged a work finding fee.

Ensure that all staff responsible for directly recruiting workers are trained to be aware of issues around third-party labour exploitation and signs to look for and have signed appropriate Compliance Principles.

Ensure that labour sourcing, recruitment and worker placement processes are under the control of trusted and competent staff members.

Adopt a proactive approach to reporting suspicions of hidden worker exploitation to the Gangmasters Licensing Authority and police.

Provide information on talking Hidden Labour Exploitation to our workforce through workplace posters and induction.

Encourage workers to report cases of hidden third-party labour exploitation, provide the means to do so and investigate and act on reports appropriately.

Positively encourage and support employees and agency workers to report such exploitation which may be occurring within their communities by providing detail for Migrant Help at induction and on posters around the factory as well as making all staff aware of their trusted manager.

Implementation Status

Statement of Investment Principles