VERB has a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of modern-day slavery and human trafficking.
A person is considered to be in slavery if they are:
- Forced to work through mental or physical threat;
- Owned or controlled by an ‘employer’ usually through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse;
- De-humanised and treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’; and/or
- Physically constrained or otherwise restricted from free movement against their will or with the constrainer’s knowledge and intent to enslave or traffic.
Types of modern-day slavery include (but are not limited to):
- Forced labour – a person coerced to work under a threat of some sort of punishment either to themselves or to friends/ family
- Indentured or bonded labour- work provided to repay a debt (which is often based on travel, visas/ permits, or accommodation)
- Sexual exploitation – a person subject to sexual abuse and/or forced prostitution (forced marriage may also apply)
- Domestic servitude – a person obliged to provide services imposed by coercion, often within the home
- Human trafficking – a person arranges or facilitates the travel of another person into or within a situation of exploitation
We are committed to ensuring that modern slavery is not taking place within any of our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls aimed at ensuring that modern slavery is not taking place anywhere within our organisation or in any of our supply chains. We expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standard.
VERB will cooperate with law enforcement authorities to address any such instances that come to the attention of the company. Any concerns or issues related to slavery must be promptly reported using the speak-up policy. Where suppliers are not complicit in wrongdoing, Yondr will work with organisations to support corrective actions and improvements to processes.