Modern Slavery Policy
This statement is made in accordance to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Qbic Hotels Ltd (including all subsidiary company entities) ongoing commitment to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
At Qbic, we take our responsibilities to society as seriously as we take our responsibilities to our guests. The Act creates offences in respect of slavery and human trafficking in a range of forms and it is our commitment to do all that we can to combat all such practices in our organisations and supply chains, so as to ensure that our business operations are conducted with integrity and regard for human dignity.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Qbic Hotels Ltd has a zero-tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
Qbic has at present only a few hotels in operation, however, is looking to grow quickly across the UK and Europe. All inspired by the diversity and the environment and neighbourhoods we are part of. Located in London, Amsterdam, Brussels and Manchester, the hotels employ over 100 staff working on site and in head office, and hotels.
We recognise that modern slavery offences might arise both within our own operations and, due to the nature of our business, within our supply chains.
Our supply chain activities can be split into two broad categories – Head Office and hotel supply chains. Our Head Office supply chains cover procurement and mainly focussed on items such as technology and professional services. At the hotel level, supply chains cover procurement for all items required for running a hotel. These cover a wide range of items including food, linens, cleaning supplies and furniture. Our parent company will also have supply chains at different stages of their hotel’s life-cycle, for instance at the construction stage for new build hotels or modifications to current hotels within the group.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
- Anti-slavery policy. This policy sets out the organisation’s stance on modern slavery and explains how employees can identify any instances of this and where they can go for help.
- Recruitment – we conduct checks on any new employees that join our business to ensure that they have eligibility to work in the relevant country, so as to mitigate the risk of human trafficking or of such individuals being forced to work against their will. We also only work with reputable external recruitment partners when looking for new employees.
- Reporting procedures – we have a clear avenues in place for all our employees to raise any concerns that they might have in relation to their employment, without repercussions.
- Procurement of goods – where we engage with procurement agents to help source manufacturers or suppliers of goods for purchase for our projects, we ensure that we only engage with reputable agents.
- Whistleblowing policy. We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
Working in partnership
Modern slavery is complex and we believe strongly that working together with others being our suppliers, service providers and our teams to identify risks and best practice will be the most effective way to bring change in this area. We allow all team members the access and freedom to report any act that they feel may be an indication to Modern Slavery or Human Trafficking. These reports will always be investigated at an internal level and escalated to external parties should we find evidence to support this.
We believe that increased transparency in the way businesses are addressing these risks is an important step in efforts to combat the abuses of modern slavery. We recognise the role that businesses including Qbic Hotels can play in this. This area aligns fully with our values as well as our longstanding commitment to responsible business. Developing and enhancing our approach to human rights and combatting modern slavery will continue to be an important part of this.
This publication is subject to change and amendments where required.