For over 25 years, Fat Beehive has specialised in designing and building websites and providing digital strategies for organisations committed to social good. As a recognised B Corp, the agency has created websites for charities, non-profits and ethical businesses through an audience-focused and data-led approach. With clients including some of the world’s most recognisable charitable and campaigning organisations, we are recognised as sharing our client’s values and believing that their websites should be up to the same standards as corporate platforms. As part of our commitment to being an ethical business, we have a zero-tolerance policy in relation to Modern Slavery across our business, supply chains and third-party service providers.
This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, contractors and suppliers.
The purpose of this policy is to communicate and establish controls to ensure compliance with all Anti-slavery and Human trafficking regulations as well as ensuring alignment with the organisation’s ethical standards and Code of Conduct.
Fat Beehive strictly prohibits the use of modern slavery and human trafficking in our operations and supply chain. We have and will continue to be committed to implementing systems and controls aimed at ensuring that modern slavery is not taking place anywhere within our organisation or in any of our supply chains. We expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
What is Modern Slavery?
Modern Slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It is a term used to encompass slavery, servitude, forced compulsory labour, bonded and child labour and human trafficking, all of which include the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal gain or commercial gain.
There is no typical victim of Modern Slavery, and some victims do not understand that they have been exploited and are entitled to help and support. The following key signs could indicate that someone may be a victim of Modern Slavery or human trafficking:
- The person is not in possession of their own passport, identification or travel documents;
- The person is acting as though they are being instructed or coached by someone else;
- The person allows others to speak for them when spoken to directly;
- The person is dropped off and collected from work;
- The person avoids eye contact, is withdrawn or appears frightened;
- The person does not seem to be able to contact friends or family freely;
- The person has limited social interaction or contact with people outside of their immediate environment.
The above list is not exhaustive. A person may display a number of the indicators set out above, but they may not necessarily be a victim of slavery or trafficking.
We shall be a company that expects everyone working with us or on our behalf to support and uphold the following measures to safeguard against modern slavery:
- We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery in our organisation and our supply chains.
- The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any part of our organisation or supply chain is the responsibility of all those working for us or on our behalf. Workers must not engage in, facilitate or fail to report any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this policy.
- We are committed to engaging with our stakeholders and suppliers to address the risk of modern slavery in our operations and supply chain.
- We take a risk-based approach to our contracting processes and keep them under review. We assess whether the circumstances warrant the inclusion of specific prohibitions against the use of modern slavery and trafficked labour in our contracts with third parties. Using our risked based approach we will also assess the merits of writing to suppliers requiring them to comply with our Code of Conduct, which sets out the minimum standards required to combat modern slavery and trafficking.
- Consistent with our risk-based approach we may require:
- employment and recruitment agencies and other third parties supplying workers to our organisation to confirm their compliance with our Code of Conduct
- Suppliers engaging workers through a third party to obtain that third party’s agreement to adhere to the Code
- As part of our ongoing risk assessment and due diligence processes, we will consider whether circumstances warrant us carrying out audits of suppliers for their compliance using the Social Responsibility Alliance, Slavery & Trafficking Risk Template (STRT).
- If we find that other individuals or organisations working on our behalf have breached this policy we will ensure that we take appropriate action. This may range from considering the possibility of breaches being remediated and whether that might represent the best outcome for those individuals impacted by the breach to terminating such relationships.
Reporting Modern Slavery
Our CEO and Founder have overall accountability for ensuring that this policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations and that people comply with it.
If you are a Fat Beehive employee you must report any incidence or suspicion of Modern Slavery and/or human trafficking in any part of our business, to your Line Manager, Head of Staff or CEO.
Alternatively, employees can report any concerns by referring to Fat Beehive’s Whistleblowing Policy. We encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns with the agency’s whistleblowing policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken.