Combating Modern Slavery
At Auto-Immune Research, we are committed to combating modern slavery in all its forms. Modern slavery is the severe exploitation of other people for personal or commercial gain. It includes human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, domestic slavery, forced sex work, and forced participation in crime¹. Modern slavery affects almost 50 million people worldwide, and it is a problem that affects every country on earth¹.
We believe that modern slavery is a violation of human rights and a serious crime. It deprives people of their freedom, dignity, and well-being. It harms individuals, families, and communities. It undermines the rule of law, the economy, and the environment. It is also illegal under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in the UK², as well as under various international conventions and treaties.
We are determined to prevent modern slavery from occurring in our business and our supply chains. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of modern slavery within our organisation or by any of our partners, suppliers, contractors, or agents. We conduct regular risk assessments and due diligence to identify and address any potential or actual cases of modern slavery. We also provide training and awareness-raising to our staff and stakeholders on how to recognise and report any signs of modern slavery.
We are also committed to supporting victims of modern slavery and working with relevant authorities and organisations to end this scourge. We have a clear reporting mechanism for anyone who suspects or witnesses any form of modern slavery in connection with our business or our supply chains. We also cooperate fully with any investigations or prosecutions related to modern slavery. We also support initiatives and campaigns that aim to raise awareness and advocate for the rights and needs of the victims of modern slavery.
We are proud to be part of the global movement to eradicate modern slavery. We recognise that this is a complex and challenging issue that requires collective action and collaboration. We welcome any feedback or suggestions on how we can improve our policies and practices to combat modern slavery more effectively. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of millions of people who suffer from this injustice.
1: What is modern slavery? | Anti-Slavery International https://www.antislavery.org/slavery-today/modern-slavery/
2: Modern slavery – GOV.UK https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/modern-slavery