Modern Slavery Statement
Under Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (‘MSA’), large businesses are required to produce a statement each year setting out the steps that they have taken to ensure that their business and supply chains are slavery free, or a statement that they have taken no steps to do this. HASL is a small business that is part of a small group of companies that has voluntarily chosen to submit an MSA Statement.
1. Structure, business and supply chain
Hospitality Accountant Scotland Ltd – HASL is a forward thinking and modern accountancy practice, if you are looking for accountants specialising in hospitality. Everything we do involves care and passion to help. Our brand is built upon vast experience in accountancy and hospitality sectors. We are accountants, tax, finance business partners and strategic advisors for hotels, restaurants, food and drinks businesses, and sports clubs or other recreational and leisure businesses in Scotland.
We are serious about our brand because it is part of our identity and so is our commitment to corporate social responsibility. We believe transparency is the best way we can ensure the public that we are doing our best as an ethical corporate citizen led organisation. In that spirit, we have published our annual statement for slavery and human trafficking, made in compliance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, in which we explain how slavery and human trafficking can affect our business and the steps we are taking in the fight against it. This slavery and human trafficking statement also addresses the steps taken by our subsidiary and/or affiliated companies, Accountant4You Ltd (England &Wales) and Kalium Square Shared Services Limited. This statement is intended to fulfil the legal requirement for a slavery and human trafficking statement on behalf of all companies within the group, as relevant. Our efforts against slavery and human trafficking complement our broader CSR Policy.
Hospitality Accountant Scotland Ltd is headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland and sells its services to businesses operating in this region of the United Kingdom. We offer outsourced finance function to the hospitality sector. Our bookkeeping service is supported by our affiliated company Kalium Square Shared Services in Zambia. All companies within our group employ highly skilled, experienced, and qualified professionals. We are proud to engage a diverse workforce in Zambia and the United Kingdom, respectively. Where possible, we engage local suppliers who have relationships within the hospitality sector in Scotland for our continual support to the industry.
At HASL, we look beyond the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to address and prevent slavery within our firm and outside.
We do not tolerate forced work through any means, abuse at work, whether physical or mental, inhumane treatment of any kind and human trafficking.
We do not collaborate with suppliers that do not share our values about the modern slavery or act unethically. We continuously monitor our suppliers and act with integrity with all our business relationships.
2. Slavery and human trafficking policies
We are committed to creating a better working environment by introducing flexible working conditions and practices. We encourage a good work-life balance which we believe improves employee wellbeing. We support our employees to develop personally as well as professionally.
We give our staff the right tools, training, and support to carry out work without causing undue pressure. We provide the flexibility to take time off when they cannot work and work when they can. We put sufficient resources and the right structure in place to allow us to deliver outstanding work while being able to offer a truly flexible environment to all our employees.
- Feedback: Establishing grievance mechanisms and channels for individual worker feedback
- Knowledge: Improving our knowledge base by collecting relevant data and improving product traceability
- Measurable change: Developing verifiable KPIs to measure progress
- Accountability: Establishing a framework for organisation accountability to allow for raising issues, making suggestions, voicing grievances and reporting slavery and human trafficking
3. Due diligence procedures
We understand that our biggest exposure to Modern Slavery is in supply chains where we have undertaken activity to set up controls that allow us to minimise the risk of Modern Slavery. Within these areas, new suppliers are subject to due diligence checks in the form of ethical/compliance audits. If issues are identified, appropriate investigative and remedial actions will be taken.
4. Identifying, assessing and managing risk
We set out to identify the extent of any slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains by:
- Periodic 360 discussions with our offshore bookkeepers to discuss their work conditions, training and their rights.
- Collaborating with 2 of our suppliers to develop an improvement plan to address new and previously identified slavery and human trafficking issues
- Instituting an annual review questionnaire for existing suppliers to understand suppliers’ self-assessment of slavery and human trafficking issues, allowing us to better identify slavery and human trafficking issues as they develop over time and to collect supplier-provided data to track improvement in suppliers’ attitudes.
5. Key performance indicators
To assess the effectiveness of our modern slavery measures we will be reviewing the following key performance indicators:
- Online staff training feedback forms
- Number of slavery incidents, if any, reported in the supply chain
6. Training available to staff
A key part of our slavery and human trafficking prevention strategy is to promote cultural change through training. As part of the launch of our group of companies:
- Delivered online training modules on modern slavery to all staff