Modern slavery is a term used to encompass slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour, bonded and child labour and human trafficking. Victims are coerced, deceived and forced against their free will into providing work or services. Human trafficking is where a person arranges or facilitates the travel of another person with a view to that person being exploited. Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. The victims of modern slavery are often unable or unwilling to challenge the treatment they are suffering and it can include:
- The hidden exploitation of job applicants or workers by third party individuals or gangs other than the employer or labour provider (including rogue individuals working within businesses without the knowledge of management).
- Exploitation through a variety of means for example, imposing a requirement on a worker to pay for work-finding services or the forced use of accommodation by workers.
Hallmark Cards PLC (‘Hallmark’) strictly prohibits the use of modern slavery and human trafficking in our operations and supply chain. We are 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 themselves and their own suppliers to the same high standards. To view the full document please click here.