X4 Group Ltd and its global subsidiaries are committed to eliminating the exploitation of people within our business and throughout our supply chain.
This statement summarises how X4 operates and the policies and processes we have in place in order to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in relation to our work as a global talent partner.
- Our Business X4 is a private limited company operating in the recruitment sector. We provide introductory services for permanent vacancies as well as temporary worker and contractor services to our clients across the globe. X4 has a physical presence in three countries with specialisms in the Life Sciences, Communication and Tech sectors.
- Our Supply Chain Acting in the middle of the supply chain, we are fortunate to have good visibility by default. Nevertheless, we pride ourselves on having high standards, and being directly engaged with candidates for both permanent and contingent supply, we perform checks on right to work in the relevant jurisdiction for all placements. For contingent work, we also obtain clear evidence of correct registration with local authorities. All suppliers and partners X4 decides to work with are vetted and regularly audited. Such partners and suppliers include umbrella companies/EORs, IDSP, software providers and advisors. Any partner of X4 which deal with employment of workers, must be able to evidence their compliance with all relevant local laws, for example by proving correct salary payments without any unauthorised deductions, benefit offering and insurances. The clients that we work with are predominantly located in the UK, United States and Europe. The candidates we engage with predominantly live in the same locations.
- Other relationships As part of our dedication to compliance and best industry standards, X4 is a member of both the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) (www.rec.uk.com), the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) (https://www.apsco.org) and Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) (https://staffingindustry.com/?region=eng).
- Our Policies X4 has a modern slavery policy. In addition, X4 has the following policies which incorporate ethical standards for our staff: – Anti-Bribery Policy – Whistle Blowing Policy – Equal Opportunities Policy X4’s policies are established by the Legal and Compliance team, based on industry best practice and legal advice. We review our policies at regular intervals, or as needed to adapt to changes.
- Training X4 staff receive training and support that is appropriate to their role. In particular: – Our senior leadership team receive training in equal and fair treatment of workers. – Our recruiters and HR personnel undertake regular training on relevant legislation, including but not limited to the Agency Worker Regulations and the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations. – All staff are required to complete training on the jurisdiction they specialise in to ensure all engagement models are compliantly arranged in line with local and international legislation. – All staff undergo fair treatment training. X4 does not accept discrimination, victimisation or harassment on any grounds, internally or externally. As part of this, our staff are encouraged to discuss any concerns that they have. Training is refreshed regularly.
- Risk Status and Management After due consideration, we have not identified any significant risks of modern slavery, forced labour, or human trafficking in our supply chain. However, we continue to be vigilant in order to be able to identify any unethical practices. Additionally, we have taken the following steps to mitigate the risk of any issues:
- Maintain a preferred suppliers list and conduct in depth due diligence on all suppliers to ensure parties are complying with their legislative obligations.
- We reserve the right to conduct spot-checks of chosen suppliers, in order to investigate any complaints.
- We collaborate with our suppliers in order to improve standards and transparency across our supply chain.
- We endeavour to ensure that our suppliers are members of appropriate industry bodies and working groups.
- Monitor working hours, minimum wage requirements and minimum age requirements to comply with local legislation. – Identify and monitor concerns around health and safety and working conditions for all workers.
- X4 staff is encouraged to bring any concerns they have to the attention of management and can do this anonymously.
- Clear internal policies and training.
This statement is published in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act), relates to the financial year September 2022 to September 2023.