Modern slavery is a crime and a gross violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. The principles in this statement apply to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, agents, contractors and suppliers The Planet Group of Companies ("Planet") has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking and is fully committed to preventing those activities in all aspects of its business. At Planet, we recognize that we all have a responsibility to be alert to the risks, however small, in our own business and in the wider supply chain. This statement sets out Planet’s actions to understand and address potential modern slavery and human trafficking risks related to its business and supply chain and to ensure it is doing all it can to prevent them.
Planet is a leading provider of specialized outsourced human capital and niche consulting, primarily to the life sciences, diversified energy & engineering, healthcare, and digital marketing markets. Planet focuses on providing outsourced human capital for highly skilled positions to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, as well as engineers, project managers and project controls professionals to the utility, manufacturing, oil & gas, power engineering and technology sectors. Planet also offers consulting services related to facility optimization and remediation, performance improvement and program and project management to help improve operational and quality environments, ensure compliance with industry standards and control costs.
Planet’s existing relationships with its suppliers have been established for some time and are built upon mutually beneficial, collaborative business endeavors. To date, we have not been made aware of or discovered any human trafficking or slavery activities within our supply chain. However, if we were to learn of any such activities, Planet would act immediately in accordance with our legal and moral obligations. We have and will continue to be committed to implementing systems and controls aimed at ensuring that modern slavery is not taking place anywhere within our organization or in any of our supply chains. We expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards. We take a risk-based approach to our contracting processes and keep them under review. We assess whether the circumstances warrant the inclusion of specific prohibitions against the use of modern slavery and trafficked labor in our contracts with third parties. As and when Planet has new contractors or suppliers come on-board, we pre-qualify any new firm through a series of due diligence efforts, including inquiry into company performance and references from other customers to establish reputation and suitability. This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Company’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 2018.