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5 actions firms must take to be compliant to the Modern Slavery Act in 2017

Posted by Len Simmons on Feb 21, 2017 11:00:00 AM

A 2016 survey carried out by the Altius team to question procurement professionals around the UK has thrown up some interesting correlations regarding modern slavery.

Despite the majority of respondents being aware of the importance of modern slavery and having a policy in place already, procurement professionals admitted that more needed to be done by their firm to ensure compliance going forward into 2017.

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Bishop of Derby supports launch of Altius Modern Slavery Report

Posted by Len Simmons on Feb 16, 2017 11:15:00 AM

The Bishop of Derby, The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, is a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee who published the report and subsequent draft Modern Slavery Bill. Following the launch of the Altius Modern Day Slavery Report, The Reverend kindly offered a foreword for the Report:

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[Free Download] Altius launch Modern Day Slavery Survey 2017 Report

Posted by Len Simmons on Feb 14, 2017 9:33:52 AM

Altius are pleased to launch the inaugural Modern Day Slavery Survey 2017 Report, following the nationwide survey completed by the team last year.

Modern slavery has become a hot topic for procurement and supply chain professionals as firms seek to gain compliance to the new legislation launched by the UK Government back in 2015. As a result, Altius asked for the anonymous opinions of professionals throughout the UK on the impact the new legislation has had.

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Topics: Modern Slavery

Creating an ethical procurement policy in light of the Modern Slavery Act update

Posted by Len Simmons on Nov 22, 2016 10:04:30 AM

The introduction of the Modern Slavery Act in 2015 has made UK companies sit up and take notice of their supply chain more than they ever have done before. Companies have been quick to assess their supply chain, but also to ensure that they are adhering to the updated legislation with a code of conduct and an ethical procurement policy.

An ethical procurement policy must make it clear to suppliers that compliance with requirements related to the Code of Conduct is mandatory. This requirement applies not only to existing suppliers but also to supplier selection and retention. This policy will be useful to set out what the process will be when breaches are found.

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Topics: Contractors

How to manage contractor risk in light of new health and safety and modern slavery laws

Posted by Len Simmons on Nov 17, 2016 11:28:26 AM

Businesses that outsource work to contractors and sub-contractors are invited to a free seminar on Wednesday 30 November to find out how to de-risk their operations in the light of new health and safety and modern slavery laws. 

Industry expert Peter Hall, Technical Director of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM),  is the keynote speaker at the seminar. He will advise on leadership in contractor risk management.

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Topics: Health and Safety

How to avoid debt bondage happening in your supply chain

Posted by Len Simmons on Nov 15, 2016 9:20:08 AM

The Modern Day Slavery Act implemented by the UK Government in 2015 was welcome news as global leaders fight to out-rule modern slavery. For business here in the UK since the Act was introduced, it has been a learning curve to first understand what is now required to meet legislation, and second to implement a code of conduct and procurement policy that safeguards the future of the business.

Within this learning curve, the nuances of what to look out for in susceptible supply chains have been identified by international groups and charities to help businesses stay compliant. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has identified a number of indicators that constitute forced labour and all of which are covered in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This includes:

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Topics: Contractors

Take part in the first Modern Day Slavery Act procurement survey

Posted by Len Simmons on Nov 1, 2016 5:20:00 PM

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Topics: Health and Safety

Why subcontractors fail and what to do about it

Posted by Len Simmons on Oct 11, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Contract, Facilities, and Procurement managers will know the gut-wrenching feeling when the phone rings from a subcontractor reporting an incident or delay to the project! Some instances cannot be avoided, but you are in a position to negate as many problems as possible by understanding just why some subcontractors fail.

Speaking on leading construction website, For Construction Pros, expert Gary Goldman shared his experiences of three reasons why subcontractors fail. With 20 years’ experience in the landscaping industry, Gary has come across common subcontractor problems that are synonymous throughout all sectors and industries.

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Topics: Contractors

Step-by-step guide to managing subcontractors effectively

Posted by Gary Plant on Oct 5, 2016 10:30:00 AM

With big projects, it’s necessary for you to look for extra help, but with it comes extra responsibilities. As a contract manager, you need to manage the project which involves planning, coordination, while remaining in control of the various tasks that take place to complete the project, which can be a lot to handle, on top of daily duties.

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Topics: Contractors

Expert opinions: 5 common mistakes companies make when managing subcontractors

Posted by Len Simmons on Sep 28, 2016 11:03:55 AM

Subcontractor problems, such as delays and incidents can really hit your projects hard, leading to disgruntled clients and bosses too. Thankfully, these problems are a common occurrence, which means experts from different backgrounds and sectors have their own opinion on what can be done to negate problems before they happen.

Here, we share the opinions of industry experts on five of the most common mistakes companies make when managing subcontractors.

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Topics: Contractors

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