benefits for business

The BACK2SOURCE scheme has several benefits for businesses. It

  • Idemonstrates an organisation's commitment to tackling modern slavery;
  • provides independent and external verification of actions and activities undertaken to mitigate the risk of modern slavery; and
  • provides a framework which enables organisations to continuously improve.

Sole traders or small organisations can use the scheme to demonstrate to others that they are committed to tackling modern slavery and are actively working towards continuously mitigating the risk. For small and medium sized businesses this is important as they bid for contracts from larger organisations. Being a member of the BACK2SOURCE scheme provides assurance to others that an organisation has been independently assessed as operating at a minimum agreed level across a range of relevant criteria. Medium sized businesses can proactively look at, and assess their operations and again use the scheme as a way of providing assurance to larger businesses that they are doing all they can to stop modern slavery from infiltrating their supply chains and own organisation. The framework provides a basis on which medium sized enterprises can look at modern slavery. Larger businesses can assess their activities holistically to ensure that they are doing all they can to prevent modern slavery. The scheme will allow businesses to demonstrate to consumers, investors and others, their ongoing commitment to tackling modern slavery across a range of important factors.

SCHEME FRAMEWORK

The BACK2SOURCE scheme is premised on the assessment of an organisation's approach to the scheme's 16 criteria which all contribute to managing the risk of modern slavery through a continuous development framework. The scheme is designed to encourage organisations to think about their operations in a way that minimises the risks of modern slavery through adopting appropriate and effective policies, practices and procedures.

To achieve GOLD level, an organisation must meet all 16 criteria, where relevant. The criteria have been developed with a range of businesses and are based on an agreed minimum standard.

To achieve PLATINUM level, an organisation must meet all 16 criteria at GOLD level and at least 80% at PLATINUM level, where relevant. The organisation must also be actively working towards, and likely to achieve the remaining 20% at PLATINUM level within 18-24 months.

To achieve DIAMOND level, an organisation must meet all 16 criteria at PLATINUM level and at least 80% at DIAMOND level, where relevant. The organisation must also be working towards, and likely to achieve the remaining 20% at DIAMOND level within 18-24 months.

A member organisation of the scheme will be assessed on their progress every six months to ensure they are still meeting the scheme criteria and are committed to continuous improvement.

If, following initial assessment, the organisation is not able to demonstrate sufficiently that it meets the GOLD level, they will be given six months to provide evidence that they have put in place relevant practices or policies, or improved their approach to meet the scheme standard. As part of their registration and membership fee the organisation will be given support and an improvement schedule setting out what action they need to take to reach the required level.

If, upon an interim assessment, an organisation is not demonstrating continuous improvement or a commitment to improvement it will be given an improvement notice setting out what they need to do to avoid being removed from the scheme (if they are at bronze level) or being moved to a lower level (if they are at gold or silver level).

SCHEME CRITERIA

1. Senior level engagement:

How engaged is the board/partner/sole trader in understanding modern slavery and applying it to everything they do? How do senior members convey messages to the organisation? 

2. Worker satisfaction:

How does the organisation assess and understand worker satisfaction levels? What mechanisms are in place? How are they reviewed?

3. The organisation has a clear understanding of modern slavery

What does the organisation have in place to understand and assess modern slavery? How is the learning applied across the organisation?

4. The organisation understands its reach:

Does the organisation have a clear understanding of its reach? Has it mapped out its own organisation and supply chains? How does it monitor and maintain understanding?

5. The organisation’s commitment to transparency and tackling modern slavery:

 Does the organisation have a TISC statement, if required? How does the organisation demonstrate its wider commitment to transparency? Is the organisation publishing its commitment and in what way?

6. Organisation-wide policies, practices and procedures in place:

What policies does the organisation have to mitigate the risk of modern slavery? How are organisation-wide policies influenced by the learning of the organisation?

7. Appropriate HR practices:

 What HR practices does the organisation have in place to ensure risks are minimised? How and when are these reviewed? 

8. Appropriate due diligence:

How does the organisation assess and understand worker satisfaction levels? What mechanisms are in place? How are they reviewed?

9. Appropriate auditing regime where appropriate:

What auditing regime is in place, if appropriate? How are audits undertaken? What action happens as a result of audit findings?

10. Effective risk management/ mitigation:

What risk management and mitigation strategies are adopted by the organisation? When are these reviewed? How are they reviewed? What factors are considered?

11. Supplier relationships:

How does the organisation build and maintain appropriate supplier relationships through effective management of contracts etc? What communication channels are in place? How are contracts used to effectively manage suppliers?

12. Training and awareness:

What does the organisation do to ensure its people are trained to spot the signs? How is training embedded? How does the organisation maintain a level of understanding across the organisation?

13. Remediation strategies:

What remediation strategies has the organisation put in place? What is the relationship between the organisation and suppliers in remediating situations? How does the organisation build trust to ensure effective remediation strategies?

14. Worker support mechanisms:

How does the organisation assess and understand worker satisfaction levels? What mechanisms are in place? How are they reviewed?

15. Recruitment practices:

What recruitment practices does the organisation adopt? How are they reviewed? What mechanisms does the organisation have in place to ensure legislative requirements are adhered to?

16. Approach to continuous improvement:

How does the organisation support and foster an environment of continuous improvement? How does it involve its workers in this?

17. Appropriate KPIs in place:

What KPIs has the organisation introduced to ensure its operations are supporting efforts to tackle modern slavery? How are those KPIs used? How has the organisation assessed the potential for the negative impact of KPIs on the issue of modern slavery?