How is Clarity combatting modern slavery in the industry?
In 2021 Clarity developed the industry’s first quality assurance programme in acknowledgement of the positive change needed in the industry and in support of the Environment Agencies overhaul.
Clarity’s Recycling Evidence Quality Standard (CREQS) is a process which provides additional assurance to our scheme members when purchasing PRNs as well as driving for positive change to protect the environment and improve people’s lives.
CREQS follows a three- step process which evaluates the risks associated with a reprocessor and ensures that business is being conducted with values that reflect our own. Following the three-step process, reprocessors are graded and the best scoring businesses are marked as select suppliers whilst the remaining are not recommended for an immediate relationship.
In stage 2 and 3 of the CREQS process our specialists will evaluate the modern slavery policies of the repressor, fair work policies, safeguarding practices and look for any indicators on site that may suggest any forced labour or exploitation.
Clarity Environmental are also a part of the IPHR Forum’s working group for modern slavery in the waste and recycling industry, helping to develop the official HR toolkit for industry professionals to use to combat modern slavery and spot the signs of exploitation.
Megan went on to say, “developing CREQS has allowed us to only work with suppliers of recycling evidence who are fully compliant with environmental legislation and whose business values align with those of Clarity.”
To find out more about CREQS, visit here.