Modern Slavery Policy
Introduction and Statement from the People Director
Explore Learning Ltd takes its responsibilities very seriously with regard to the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This statement sets out the approach taken by the company to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and the actions undertaken to mitigate any such risks.
Explore Learning is one of the leading maths and English tuition providers in the UK and operates in 95 physical centres and 10 virtual centres in the UK offering both in‐centre and online tuition. Explore Learning’s Head Office and all of its trading premises are in the UK and the company employs over 3500 staff members.
Explore Learning Ltd statement on slavery and human trafficking
Explore Learning Ltd has a zero tolerance approach to any form of mistreatment of people and is committed to operating and conducting its business in such a way that human rights are respected and protected. We will not permit or condone any form of slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour or human trafficking. We recognise that our business has a role to play in managing this issue and we are firmly committed to working to identify and eradicate modern slavery practices from our operations and our supply chains, to the extent that they might exist.
Explore Learning employs over 300 salaried employees and over 3200 variable hours employees. All staff must read our full Policies and Procedures on an annual basis and answer a set of questions to check for understanding.
The key policies that support this Modern Slavery policy are:
Code of conduct
As part of our ongoing commitment to eradicating modern slavery from all aspects of our business and supply chains, we have identified the key areas that pose the highest risk. The below areas are not exclusively the only areas of risk, however they pose the highest risk due to the volume and nature of the areas.
The recruitment of staff
The purchase of goods that Explore Learning offers to its members as part of the Reward and Recognition scheme
Responding to these risks
We operate a robust recruitment and employment process. We embrace principles supportive of equal treatment without unlawful discrimination and with the protection of employment law for all staff. We treat all staff equally, without unlawful discrimination and with respect for their human rights. All staff enjoy the protection of relevant UK law in respect of their employment. Explore Learning is legally required to undertake certain basic documentation checks on every potential employee to avoid employing illegal workers. This policy applies to all new employees of the Company, irrespective of their national origin. Before any individual of any nationality starts work for the Company, it is obligatory that they can prove entitlement to work in the UK.
To ensure that all employees are eligible to work in the UK, Explore Learning will ensure that for all new staff, the following must be done:
The new staff member must demonstrate proof of eligibility to work in the UK by using our IDVT (Identification Document Validation Technology) which performs Right to Work checks
Copies of the documents will be held on our secure employee database
The date the documents were uploaded and verified on our internal systems will be recorded
Supplier adherence to our values
We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. We expect all those in our supply chain and contractors to comply with our values. Senior managers are responsible for compliance in their respective areas and departments and for their supplier relationships in relation to the monitoring and enforcement of our internal policies and values.
Purchasing of goods for member reward/recognition
Our supply chains include over 50 suppliers covering all aspects of building maintenance to technology. We encourage our suppliers to endorse such principles to demonstrate their opposition to human trafficking and modern slavery. We have communicated with our key suppliers, and have obtained their modern day slavery policies to ensure that their internal processes are meeting the high standards that we expect. Where a supplier fails to meet their own policy and our own high standards, we request a full response to the reasons for the failing, and if not suitable or future failings happen, terminating the contract is the final option.
Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking
We have in place a policy to protect whistle blowers who highlight to us any risk of slavery or human trafficking within our business.
We understand that our responsibility to eradicate any form of modern slavery in our business and supply chains is an ongoing process. We will continue to review all aspects of this policy and publish an updated version on an annual basis. All employees are required to read our full policy document on an annual basis and answer questions relating to the policies to ensure all employees understand their role.