The Write Time (TWT) is committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in all of its corporate and professional activities (internal and external), and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking. This statement sets out the steps TWT is taking to understand potential modern slavery risks within its business, and to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking taking place in its business and its supply chains.

Organisational structure and supply chains

TWT has considered which of its supply chains and partners could be at a high risk of slavery or human trafficking. Regard has been given to supply chains which are high risk.

Due diligence
As part of TWT’s initiative to identify and mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking in supply chains, TWT carries out stringent due diligence on new suppliers.

This includes:

  • Obtaining general information on supplier companies and understanding their corporate structure.

  • Ensuring suppliers are able to provide adequate assurances of their own commitment to preventing modern slavery and human trafficking.

  • Ensuring suppliers are able to provide relevant health and safety checks.

  • Obtaining details of supplier policies for the purchase of consumables.

  • Requiring suppliers to pay their staff the Living wage, as defined by the Living Wage Foundation. ​

Relevant Practice

TWT is confident that our practices effectively mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place within its business or supply chains, and provide support to staff should they have any concerns.

Future steps and Key Performance Indicators

TWT is committed to improving its practices to ensure that its business and supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking. Some of the additional steps that TWT will continue to evaluate and implement in future are:

  • Assessing and commenting on TWT’s effectiveness in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in its business or supply chains. TWT will use appropriate key performance indicators to do this.

  • Enhanced due diligence, specific to slavery and human trafficking.

  • Enhanced due diligence on existing suppliers, rather than on new suppliers only.

  • Regular risk assessments on supply chains, including mapping out TWT supply chains identified as being at a higher risk of modern slavery offences in the education sector.

  • Proactive engagement with high risk suppliers to obtain more detail on the entire supply chain. Staff training to raise awareness of slavery and human trafficking, especially from a procurement and employment perspective.

  • Increased use of ethical suppliers.

  • Maximised use of Living Wage Foundation pay rates across large contracts with a high proportion of staff costs.

Board approval
TWT make this statement pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This statement has been approved by TWT’s board of directors who will review and update it annually.