An innovative recruitment company is making strides in combatting modern slavery by opening a hotline to promote education and awareness on the subject.
Cordant Group is rolling out the initiative across its corporate and recruitment brands, ensuring that modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within any part of its business. This move comes as more reports of candidate slavery have emerged, with authorities claiming that the scale of the issue is larger than first imagined.
The hotline will be part of the group’s Anti-Modern Slavery Policy, intended to allow employees to raise concerns over potential slavery confidentially and without the fear of repercussions.
Chris Kenneally, CEO at Cordant Group, commented: “Conservative estimates suggest there are currently between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK and both the Government and businesses have acknowledged this is a growing problem.
“We want to ensure that Cordant Group is leading the way in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking by raising awareness and taking necessary action. We are working with the relevant organisations and doing everything we possibly can to send the strongest messages to the criminals involved. On the flip side we are also looking at ways to support the victims both through fundraising and employment opportunities.”
Recently Shan Saba, Business Development Director at recruitment firm Brightwork, also encouraged recruiters to take a more proactive role in combatting slavery. He told us: “The role that recruitment agencies can play in eradicating this greed-fuelled human misery is vital. When presented with cheap rates, they can ask themselves what corners have been cut to keep the cost so low.”