This is our Modern Slavery policy. It is reviewed annually. If you have any questions about it, please contact us.
This policy pertains to Velasco Limited, Registered Office: 301 The Tea Factory, Office 319, St Peter’s Square, Fleet Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ (referred to as ‘the Firm’), authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Firm Reference Number: 839005).
The information presented herein pertains to the financial year 2023/24.
The Firm is managed by a board of directors. The labour contributing to the Firm’s operations is conducted in the North West of England.
Modern slavery for the Firm encompasses human trafficking, forced labour under threat, employer control through abuse, dehumanisation, and physical restraint.
The Firm acknowledges its duty to combat modern slavery, pledging compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This entails continuous internal and supply chain practice reviews.
The Firm refrains from engaging with organisations, domestically or internationally, supporting or involved in slavery, servitude, or forced labour. The Firm ensures its labour adheres to the UK’s employment legislation.
The primary supply chains involve legal services provision. The infrastructure at our offices in Liverpool and remote work facilitation contribute to the Firm’s professional services.
The primary risk of slavery and human trafficking lies in lower-paid positions within the office infrastructure. Although exposure is limited, the Firm takes stringent measures to prevent such practices in its operations and those of its suppliers.
Impact of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic did not elevate the risk of modern slavery. The Firm, having maintained consistent suppliers, implemented remote work swiftly, ensuring employees’ access to the grievance procedure and full pay during isolation.
The Firm conducts due diligence to prevent slavery in its operations and supply chains. Future steps may involve supplier contract reviews, risk assessments, impact evaluations, action plans, and staff training on modern slavery.
Key Performance Indicators
The Firm sets KPIs to measure its effectiveness in preventing modern slavery, with regular reviews to assess sufficiency.
The Recruitment Policy supplements the Firm’s position on modern slavery.
Slavery Compliance Officer
Terence Ware serves as the Slavery Compliance Officer, addressing concerns related to modern slavery and ensuring compliance with the Firm’s obligations.
This statement is in accordance with Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, subject to annual review.