Modern Slavery Policy


Modern slavery is a heinous crime and a morally reprehensible act that deprives a person of their liberty and dignity for another person’s gain. It is a real problem for millions of people around the world, including many in developed countries, who are controlled and exploited in various forms of slavery. Every company is at risk of being involved in this crime through its own operations and its supply chain.

At STEM Women Limited, we have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and are fully committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operation and supply chain. This policy sets out the actions that we have taken to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to our business, and  to prevent slavery and human trafficking during the financial year 2023-2024.

Our business and supply chains

  • Company = STEM Women Limited
  • Service = Recruitment Events
  • Operates predominantly within the UK.

We establish a relationship of trust and integrity with all our suppliers, built upon mutually beneficial factors. Our supplier selection and on-boarding procedure includes due diligence of the supplier’s reputation, respect for the law, compliance with health, safety and environmental standards, and references.

STEM Women have not been made aware of any allegations of human trafficking/slavery activities concerning any of our suppliers. In the case that we were made aware of such allegations,  we would take immediate action including reporting these concerns to the necessary authorities.

Risk assessment

In the past year, we have conducted a risk assessment of our supply chain by taking into account:

  • The risk profile of individual countries based on the Global Slavery Index
  • The business services rendered by the suppliers
  • The presence of vulnerable demographic groups
  • Ongoing awareness of the insights of labour and human rights groups

This assessment will determine our response and the risk controls that we implement.


STEM Women Limited operates the following policies for identifying and preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operations:

  • Whistleblowing Policy – we encourage all employees, customers and suppliers to report any suspicion of slavery or human trafficking without fear of retaliation. We provide a confidential helpline to protect the identity of whistle-blowers.
  • Code of Conduct – our code encourages employees to do the right thing by clearly stating the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing the business. We strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating abroad and managing our supply chain.
  • Purchasing Code – we have updated our Purchasing Code and supplier contracts to make explicit reference to slavery and human trafficking.

Supplier due diligence

STEM Women Limited conducts due diligence on all new suppliers during on-boarding. Due diligence of existing suppliers is carried out existing suppliers at regular intervals. This includes:

  • Assessing risks in the provision of particular services
  • Auditing the suppliers and their health and safety standards, labour relations and employee contracts
  • Requiring improvements to substandard employment practices
  • Sanctioning suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with our requirements

We require all suppliers to attest that:

  • They do not use any form of forced, compulsory, or slave labour
  • Their employees work voluntarily and are entitled to leave work
  • They provide each employee with an employment contract that contains a reasonable notice period for terminating their employment
  • They do not require employees to post a deposit/bond and don’t withhold their salaries for any reasons
  • They do not require employees to surrender their passports or work permits as a condition of employment


STEM Women Limited has raised awareness of modern slavery issues by putting up posters across our facilities and sending an email that is focused specifically on modern slavery to all our staff, which explains:

  • Our commitment in the fight against modern slavery
  • Red flags for potential cases of slavery or human trafficking
  • How employees should report suspicions of modern slavery


In addition to the awareness programme, STEM Women Limited has rolled out a fresh e-learning course to all employees and supplier contacts, which covers:

  • Various forms of modern slavery in which people can be held and exploited
  • The size of the problem and the risk to our organisation
  • How employees can identify the signs of slavery and human trafficking, including unrealistically low prices
  • How employees should respond if they suspect slavery or human trafficking
  • How suppliers can escalate potential slavery or human trafficking issues to the relevant people within their own organisation
  • What external help is available for the victims of slavery
  • What terms and guidance should be provided to suppliers in relation to slavery policies and controls
  • What steps STEM Women Limited will take if a supplier fails to implement anti-slavery policies or controls
  • An attestation from employees that they will abide by STEM Women Limited’s anti-slavery policy

Measuring how we arere performing

STEM Women Limited has defined a set of key performance indicators and controls to combat modern slavery and human trafficking in our organisation and supply chain. These include:

  • The number of employees who have completed mandatory training
  • The number of suppliers who have filled out our ethics questionnaire
  • The number of suppliers who have rolled out an awareness and training programme which is equivalent to our own
  • The number of reports that have been made by our employees which indicate their awareness of, and sensitivity to, ethical issues.
  • The findings of our cross-functional Human Rights team, which reviews how we are addressing modern slavery and human trafficking

This statement covers 5th September 2023 to 31st August 2024 and has been approved by the board of STEM Women Limited at the board meeting on 5th September 2023.

Stephen Rooney, Director