Grafton Recruitment is committed to help in the fight against modern slavery. As a people centered business, we take the issue extremely seriously and continually strive to prevent and overcome this blight on our society. Consideration and mitigation of these risks are built into our teams’ behaviours and processes via our brand values of Integrity, Collaboration, Responsiveness and Resourcefulness.
Our Business Structure
Grafton Recruitment is the labour provider of choice to a number of clients in various industry sectors across the island of Ireland. We supply candidates to organisations that have both permanent job opportunities within their business, and temporary business requirements.
We have a number of policies in place to ensure that we are always providing best-in-class service and support to our employees, clients, candidates, suppliers, greater communities and the environment.
We operate and enforce a strict Code of Ethics and an Equal Opportunities Policy in which we rigorously apply our basic principles of respect and fair employment for all clients and candidates with whom we interact.
As an ISO 9001 certified business, we implement stringent processes maintaining quality and compliance throughout our operations. Our teams are provided with regular training and updates on our quality processes to ensure compliance with legislation and with the very highest ethical standards.
We have a dedicated Quality & Compliance Manager who carries out regular internal audits on our business and co-ordinates various external audits from independent organisations as well as from our clients. This ensures a regular detailed review of our processes and procedures and ongoing continuous improvement.
When we meet with our candidates we take great care to ensure that they feel comfortable with our teams, that we explain our processes and procedures in a simple and clear manner and that they provide us with appropriate and valid identification and confirmation of legal entitlement to work.
Assessment and Management of our Risk
Being licensed by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) demonstrates active compliance with all underlying legislative regulations. Our membership of the Association of Labour Providers (ALP) facilitates ongoing testing, review and refinement of compliance procedures and allows a proactive approach to the implementation of the very highest standards of ethical and legally compliant behaviour.
As a labour provider in the supply chain, we work closely with our clients, explaining our zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking, working in conjunction with them to ensure best practice adherence. We receive regular additional audits (in accordance with our clients’ own high standards) with established independent organisations such as Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) for the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code.
We are always cognisant that our suppliers must meet and exceed the GLA compliance standards, where applicable within the relevant supply chains, and ensure that we only align with suppliers that meet our ethical specifications.
As part of our commitment to ending modern slavery within our communities and beyond, we train our employees on practices relating to possible gangmasters, how to identify suspicious activity or dealings of a possible gangmaster and how to report such suspicions within our business and to GLA. In addition to the ongoing training and the regular updates and refreshment of this methodology, this information is also clearly visible on our internal intranet, to which each and every employee within Grafton Recruitment has access.
This declaration is in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2019 for the financial year 2019.
Dated: August 2019
Signed on behalf of Grafton Recruitment Limited:
Signed: Tina McKenzie, CEO & Kerri Adams, Quality & Compliance Manager