Modern-Day Slavery

Your Independent Travel Agent LTD  is a responsible and ethical company, which has been operating in the UK travel business sector for more than 15 years, specialising in value for money holidays with 5* service. We are a longstanding member of the trade body, ABTA, “The Association of British Travel Agents”, and participate in their various meetings, which do so much to raise standards in the travel business, both in the UK and overseas.

We are fully committed to supporting the goals and objectives of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to eradicate slavery in its many forms. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards any customer or supplier who may be found to be engaging in any modern slavery practice. The company operates throughout the world. It is committed to observing the local laws in the jurisdictions we operate in, including any relevant laws to preventing modern-day slavery. However, the company will use the principles set out by the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 as its guiding ones for acting against all forms of slavery in whichever jurisdiction it operates.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is fully committed to ensuring that all of its staff, including the UK and overseas staff, observe its zero-tolerance policy towards any form of modern-day slavery. All managers are expected to train their staff in the company’s policies concerning modern-day slavery to ensure that they understand the issue and act upon it. The Board is also committed to ensuring that there is no form of modern-day slavery in its overseas supply chain. We actively promote this with our local suppliers.

Due Diligence Processes

The Company only works with reputable suppliers in the countries in which it operates. It has longstanding commercial relationships with hoteliers, airlines, transfer agents, and excursion providers. The company only works with fully licensed overseas suppliers who comply with their local laws, particularly on safety and security. As part of its commitment to the Modern Slavery Act, the Company insists its suppliers are aware of its zero-tolerance policy on forced labour and to ensure that any of its sub-contractors in their supply chain are also made aware of it. The Company will not work with any supplier or sub-contractor which has been found to have contravened any local law related to preventing modern-day slavery.

Risk Assessment
As part of its due diligence, the Company carries out checks on the suppliers it uses to ensure that they comply with their local standards in their line of business. The company will also be incorporating a clause in their agreements with its suppliers, outlining its zero-tolerance policy on modern-day slavery to make them aware that they will not work with any partners who engage in any form of modern-day slavery.

Measuring Effectiveness
As a measure of the company’s commitment to supporting the Modern Day Slavery Act, all UK and overseas staff will be notified that any breach of the company’s above-stated policy will be treated seriously by the Board of Directors and will result in disciplinary action being taken against them.

Training of Staff
The company gives priority to ensuring that its staff are fully trained in the issues surrounding modern-day slavery. The Board of Directors has designated its legal advisor to assist in raising the awareness of its staff and suppliers of the company’s commitment to the Modern Day Slavery Act. . They will be co-ordinating the training of staff both in the UK and overseas in raising their awareness of the issue and the company’s commitment to a zero-tolerance policy. The Board of Directors also actively encourage staff both in the UK and Overseas to report upon any suspicious activity on the part of customers or suppliers, which would give rise to a suspicion of human trafficking or modern-day slavery.

Objectives
The Board of Directors acknowledges that they do not own or control the many supply chains in which they are involved in the various countries in which they operate. It would be impossible for them to monitor them on a 24/7 basis. However, the company only works with reputable and fully licenced suppliers and partners. It will take all reasonable steps to ensure they are fully compliant with their local laws in the field of preventing modern-day slavery.