Prospects is committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking. Our commitment is expressed through corporate and strategic aims and in formal policies, processes and procedures. We will act ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships, implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.
We are part of the Prospects Group, and our ultimate parent company is Prospects Group 2011 Ltd which has its head office in England. The group has more than 1400 employees and we provide our services to countries all over the world.
We provide services in the education sector, delivering advice and guidance, learning, employability, inspection, recruitment and education provision across the UK and internationally to and for individuals, families, schools, central and local government, prisons and corporate bodies. We predominantly contract for our business with UK public bodies and, given the nature of our business, our risk of exposure to slavery and trafficking is low; however we will be aware of people, sectors and geographic areas posing a risk and will strive to combat them wherever we deliver our services. As one of the largest direct providers and managers of these services nationally we take our social responsibility seriously and will promote best practice and exemplary standards.
The majority of our supply chain providers are pre-approved by the public sector and therefore pose a low risk. We expect the highest standards of conduct and probity throughout our supply chain, requiring all of our people to act with integrity and honesty. Our procurement processes include standard enquiries about modern slavery and trafficking and we scrutinise our supply chain using our dedicated quality assurance functions including audit, supply chain management, legal and risk specialisms.
We support awareness among our staff of the risks in our supply chain and our business. We will make sure that all our funders, employees, subcontractors, delivery partners, service users and any other stakeholders have a clear and effective platform for airing concerns, asking questions and whistleblowing, and will ensure reporting processes are clear.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, is approved by the Board and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st March 2018.
Nick Bell, Chief Executive