Today, Monday 18 October, is Anti-Slavery Day and the start of Anti-Slavery Week.
At OCS, we care about the communities in which we work and we're strengthening our supply chain against modern slavery by working with Slave-Free Alliance (SFA), part of the global charity Hope for Justice.
While we're fully compliant with current legal requirements, we cannot be complacent; we know we must do more. This is why, early in 2020, we became a member of the SFA - the first facilities management company to do so.
Since then, we've been working with operational colleagues and key suppliers to understand our vulnerabilities, particularly in our temporary labour and waste management supply chains, so we can help stop the exploitation of vulnerable people.
Following an analysis of our organisation and supply chain, we're implementing an action plan based on the SFA's recommendations to reduce our risk and ensure that we can detect modern slavery and take appropriate action.
Steve Caddell, Director or Procurement, Fleet and Estates, says: "We want to do the right thing and help protect human rights. We hope our work can inspire confidence and trust in our colleagues, customers and supplier partners, raise awareness across the industry and build real momentum within the supply chain. We want to make a difference."
Susan Banister, Accounts Director at Slave-Free Alliance, said: "Thank you to OCS for being a leader and pioneer in the fight against modern slavery for the facilities management sector. OCS is taking important steps on the journey to ensure supply chains, and those who work within them, are protected. Anti-Slavery Day is a great day for all businesses to take time to raise awareness about the reality of this crime with their staff, suppliers and customers - because there is still so much for us all to do."