This statement sets out Q5’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024.
As part of the professional services sector, we recognise that we have a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking.
Q5 is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
This statement covers the activities of Q5 Partners LLP:
The organisation currently operates in the following countries:
Although the risk of modern slavery is low in our sector, we are mindful of the possible risks, and have a number of processes and procedures in place to help ensure that modern slavery does not take place in our business.
We continually assess and review anti-slavery matters with suppliers.
Q5 purchases products from vendors from across the globe. We source over two thirds of our products through large organisations, all of whom have their own Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statements.
Some of our highest risk sub-categories include: fit out and refurbishment, cleaning, waste management, branded merchandise, technology (hardware) and events and travel (hotels and ground transportation). The labour in these procurement categories tends to be base skilled and manual, which could increase the potential risk of poor practices if we lose visibility over how relationships are managed.
We continually assess and review anti-slavery matters with suppliers, invoking sanctions against those that violate our code of ethics, or fail to improve their performance in line with an action plan.
Q5’s primary focus is to provide professional services to clients. If any of our clients are linked to slavery-like practices in their operations or supply chains, we could be associated through the services we provide.
We continually assess and review anti-slavery matters with clients. If we felt that a client was associated with slavery and human trafficking, we may invoke sanctions, or terminate our business relationship.
Q5 carry out robust checks prior to employment. This includes interviews and pre-screening of our people including identity checks, right to work, references, criminal records and education checks.
It is the responsibility of everyone at Q5 to escalate concerns or signs of modern slavery and unethical behaviour within our operations or supply chain. We have implemented a number of ways in which our people can speak up:
We are committed to ensuring that all our people are paid fairly and ensure that anyone employed by us is paid above the Living Wage (we are an accredited Living Wage Employer).
Q5 use contracted workers to supplement its’ service offerings that cannot be filled in-house. Our contracted workforce (Associates) comprise of highly skilled specialists who support with ongoing project work.
Q5 carry out robust checks prior to engaging with contractors, as per our employees, all contractors are paid above the Living Wage.
Q5 operates the following policies that describe its approach to the identification of modern slavery risks, and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations:
All employees are required to complete Ethical Workplace Conduct training upon joining Q5. This provides training on workplace conduct, business ethics, and speaking up, as well as other guidance.
During induction training, employees are also provided with information on our Integrity Line, Mentor programme and other initiatives and benefits that can be used to report concerns around unethical behaviour and get further support.
On behalf of Q5