Modern Slavery Statement – Alternative Airlines Limited
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “MSA”) and constitutes the slavery and human trafficking statement of Alternative Airlines Limited (“the company”, “we”, “our”) in respect of our financial year ending 31 October 2022. This is the first year that the company has met the criteria to produce a Modern Slavery Statement and has been approved by the Directors.
We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in our business dealings and relationships, to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking and are committed to significantly minimising the risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place in our supply chains or in any parts of our business.
We are committed to creating and ensuring an inclusive and respectful working environment for all our staff. We want all our staff to feel confident that they can report concerns without any risk to themselves.
Alternative Airlines Limited is a global flight search and booking site, that provides a quick, easy and personalised way to book flights online with the support of an expert Customer Service Team. With a choice of 600+ global airlines, including all major carriers as well as smaller airlines, the site has developed proprietary technology to offer customers more flight options.
As at 31 October 2022 employed over 70 people of over 10 nationalities, with its principal office in the United Kingdom. We offer a flexible approach to working allowing our employees to work whenever and wherever they feel most productive.
Due to the nature of our business, we assess ourselves to have a low risk of modern slavery within our partners and supply chains which primarily consist of:
- Global airlines
- Global ancillary providers
- GDS Systems
- Payment technology platforms
- Software providers (HR, Finance, Marketing platforms)
- Office services (stationary, cleaning services)
- IT equipment supplies and maintenance suppliers
- Professional services (payroll, IT support services, legal)
There are a number of key policies we have in place to ensure we meet our commitments to anti-slavery and human trafficking. These include:
- Modern slavery policy
- Employee Handbook
- Bullying and Harassment policy
- Public interest disclosure policy (Whistleblowing Policy)
Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking
Our recruitment processes are transparent and we communicate directly with candidates to discuss job opportunities and to confirm the details of any job offer made. In the rare event that a recruitment agency is involved, they are expected to adhere to our modern slavery policy and all related fees are the responsibility of Alternative Airlines.
We have procedures in place for the vetting of new employees and ensure that we are able to confirm their identities. All employees are protected by the policies and procedures set out in the Employee Handbook to ensure they are treated fairly.
Employees at all levels, directors, officers, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants and third party representatives are required to adhere to our modern slavery policy. A copy of our policy is sent to all those mentioned, and we require confirmation that this policy has been read and understood.
We continue to work to improve our due diligence processes within our supply chain. A key performance indicator for 2023 will be to implement a due diligence process for onboarding new suppliers, incorporating our modern slavery policy as part of our supplier relationship.
We have clear reporting processes and expectations for any employee or third party who may believe or suspect that a breach has occurred and will fully investigate all reports received to the best of our ability.
Any employee or third party who breach our policy may face disciplinary action or termination of our business relationship.
We will ensure that management receive annual training in relation to slavery and human trafficking to ensure they understand what modern slavery is, be aware and able to identify signs of modern slavery and how to report suspected breaches of the modern slavery policy.
Other Key Performance Indicators
In addition to improving our due diligence processes with suppliers, and implementing the annual training for employees, the management team will commit to investigating and reviewing any reports of modern slavery within the company or supply chain on a quarterly basis.