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This statement sets out Athona’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year 1st August 2019 to 31st July 2020.
As part of the recruitment industry specialising in the healthcare and education sectors, Athona recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking.
Athona is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its business activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
This statement covers the activities of Athona Ltd & Athona Education Ltd.
Athona was formed in 2003 in response to a demand for honest, reliable and professional recruitment solutions. Focusing on specialist recruitment in the hospital doctors, allied health, nursing and education markets.
Athona Ltd’s Healthcare divisions supply healthcare professionals via the CCS, H.T.E, LPP and CPP frameworks for supply to the NHS Sector and service level agreements with private healthcare providers throughout the UK.
Athona Education Ltd’s Education divisions supply qualified teachers & support staff to nursery, primary & secondary schools and nurseries via supply service level agreements in London and surrounding counties.
Athona currently operates in the following countries:
Responsibility for Athona’s anti-slavery initiatives is as follows:
The Founder has ultimate responsibility for enforcement of the policy throughout Athona. The Modern Slavery Act Policy Statement has been written in response to the findings of our risk assessments within our business activities and to demonstrate an organisation wide commitment to act ethically within the law.
Policy effectiveness and review
The policies will be reviewed by the Finance Director, Associate Director of Quality & HR Manager at least annually, or sooner if necessary following any major supply chain or organisational changes.
Finance Director, Associate Director of Quality & HR Manager have undertaken the necessary risk assessments on behalf of Athona.
The Finance Director, Associate Director of Quality & HR Manager are responsible for investigations and due diligence in relation to known or suspected instances of slavery and human trafficking.
Employees and suppliers will receive training material to ensure that they provide safe working conditions where necessary, treat all workers with dignity and respect, and act ethically and within the law in their use of labour. We have chosen to broadly share this information to help others to better understand and respond to any identified slavery and human trafficking risks.
Athona operates the following policies that describe its approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations:
Athona encourages all its workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, Athona. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. Athona’s whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make confidential disclosures, without fear of retaliation. Employees, customers or others who have concerns can use our confidential email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employee core values
Athona’s core values makes clear to employees the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing Athona. Athona strives to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating and managing its supply chain.
Supplier code of conduct
Athona is committed to ensuring that its suppliers adhere to the highest standards of ethics. Suppliers are required to demonstrate that they provide safe working conditions where necessary, treat workers with dignity and respect, and act ethically and within the law in their use of labour. Athona will work with suppliers to ensure that they meet the standards of the code and improve their worker’s working conditions if concerns arise. However, serious violations of Athona’s supplier code of conduct will lead to the termination of the business relationship and referral to the relevant authorities.
Athona only uses only specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour and always verifies the practices of any new agency it is using before accepting workers from that agency. All Agencies going forward will be required to agree to our supplier code of conduct.
Equality and Diversity Policy
Athona embraces the diversity of the communities we serve and will seek to promote the benefits of diversity in all of our business activities. All employees are made aware of the policy at recruitment.
Corporate Social Responsibility Policy
Athona takes responsibility for environmental awareness, charitable giving, development the company culture and monitoring of staff wellbeing, and more recently gap year and apprenticeship opportunities.
Health and Safety Policy
All employees are provided training upon induction and are encouraged to take a shared responsibility for the health, safety and wellbeing of their working environment and colleagues around them.
Athona will undertake due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. Athona’s due diligence and reviews will include:
Athona has reviewed its key performance indicators (KPIs) against the Modern Slavery Act 2015. As a result, Athona will continue to:
We require all staff and existing suppliers to complete training on modern slavery as a commitment to Athona’s wider equality and diversity & human rights policy.
Athona’s modern slavery training will cover:
This statement has been approved by Stewart London, Founder who will ensure the policy is reviewed and updated annually.
Date: 29-01-2021 v1.4
Original publication date: 20-10-2016 v1.0