Wessex Water has a strong purpose and value led culture that drives what we do and how we work. These values and behaviours are embedded into our company’s recruitment processes, vacancy adverts, contracts of employment, and interview techniques at all levels of the company.
Wessex Water rigorously checks that all of its employees have the legal right to work in the UK and the same rigour is applied to agency and temporary workers. We have recently updated our company induction and onboarding process. We consider the overall risk of modern slavery and human trafficking to be low due to the nature of our embedded values, culture, and the level of checks we have in place.
Wessex Water employees receive the statutory employment rights to which they are entitled and are paid at or above the minimum wage. There are also processes and programmes in place which seek to create not only a safe, fair, and inclusive working environment, but also one that supports wellbeing and learning. We also work closely with our trade unions.
As well as setting out the rights and benefits which are available to Wessex Water employees, published policies, employee handbooks and individual contracts of employment make it clear what actions and behaviours are expected of them.
Wessex Water has an established Raising a Concern process that provides a free 24/7 helpline to raise any concerns, including but not limited to bullying, harassment or any suspected illegal activity including entrapment, human trafficking or other employee or contractor concern. The helpline is widely communicated to all staff and all concerns are taken seriously and investigated.
Staff working in areas that are more exposed to modern slavery risks such as procurement, commercial, HR, finance and customer teams are asked to undertake training each year covering financial crime and modern slavery.