Rubert International (Pty) Ltd
`QUALITY ATTRACTS QUALITY`
Anti-Slavery Statement & Policies
Modern Slavery Act 2015 and Human Trafficking Statement
Rubert Recruitment, as a division of Rubert International (Pty) Ltd., is an independent recruitment agency that has been established since 2013 within Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.
We are holders of a Registered Business License (number 2013|194336|07 ) and additional to the traditional recruitment services we provide, we also provide on-site facilities within a number of our clients premises nationally, enabling us to deliver bespoke solutions for their private residences.
Rubert Recruitment, and Rubert International (Pty) Ltd., recognize that modern slavery and human trafficking could be a potential risk to our business and are totally committed to preventing this within its own business, introduced employment offers, its corporate activities and supply chains to ensure they are free from slavery and human trafficking.
Responsibility for the organization's anti-slavery initiatives is as follows:
Policies: Our HR team is responsible for putting in place and reviewing
Investigations/due diligence: Our HR team is responsible for investigations and work closely with our Compliance team in relation to due diligence and checks
Training: Our training and compliance team provide training on all policies and procedures, ensuring all staff have undergone ‘Stronger Together’ training. This is reviewed regularly with regular updates and questionnaires issued to all staff members.
All temporary workers are shown the ‘Stronger Together – Daniel and Weronika’ video at induction stage with posters visible at all sites. We also randomly interview workers and candidates every month at all sites where temporary staff and client employments are provided to assist in tackling any issues.
The organization operates the following policies that describe its approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations and concluded employment appointments:
Whistleblowing policy - The organization encourages all its workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, the organization. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. The organization's whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation. Employees, customers or others who have concerns can use our confidential reporting service through the ‘Stronger Together’ initiative;
Employee code of conduct - The organization's code makes clear to employees the actions and behavior expected of them when representing the organization. The organization strives to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behavior when operating abroad and managing its supply chain.
The organization undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new Clients, and regularly reviews its existing Clients. The organisation's due diligence and reviews:
evaluating the modern slavery and human trafficking risks of each new Client;
conducting branch and on-site facility audits through the organization's own internal auditor, which have a greater degree of focus on slavery and human trafficking where general risks are identified;
taking steps to improve Clients' practices, including providing advice to Clients through our trained management team and requiring them to implement action plans such as on-site surgeries and displaying of ‘Stronger Together’ information;
participating in collaborative initiatives focused on human rights in general, and slavery and human trafficking in particular "Stronger together" and "Ethical trading" initiatives.
The organization requires all staff working within the organization to complete training on modern slavery. This has taken place for all existing staff and new staff undertake the training during the first week of their employment with us. The organization's modern slavery training covers:
how to assess the risk of slavery and human trafficking in relation to various aspects of the business, including resources and support available;
how to identify the signs of slavery and human trafficking;
what initial steps should be taken if slavery or human trafficking is suspected;
how to escalate potential slavery or human trafficking issues to the relevant parties within the organization;
what external help is available, for example through the Modern Slavery Helpline, Gamemasters and Labor Abuse Authority and "Stronger together" initiative.
As well as training staff, the organization has raised awareness of modern slavery issues by putting up posters across the organization's premises and on-site facilities as well as advising during inductions prior to them beginning any assignments.
The posters explain to staff:
the basic principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015;
how employers can identify and prevent slavery and human trafficking;
what employees can do to flag up potential slavery or human trafficking issues to the relevant parties within the organization; and
what external help is available, for example through the Modern Slavery Helpline.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Groups slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year 2021 to 2022.
01 March 2021