MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
Under the Modern Slavery Act 2018, this statement outlines the steps that Fitness Forever has taken and is continuing to take, assessing and reducing risks of modern slavery within our business and our supply chain, and our plans for review and improvement.
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
Fitness Forever recognises that it has a responsibility under the Modern Slavery Act to take a strong approach to reject any forms of modern slavery and human trafficking. We are committed to promoting ethical business practices and policies that protect workers from being abused and exploited in our business and supply chain.
Fitness Forever is committed to limiting the risk of modern slavery occurring in our business, ensuring there is transparency in our company and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chain.
We expect our employees and our suppliers to share our commitment to helping ensure modern slavery does not exist in our business and our supply chain.
Who we are
An award-winning Fitness and Allied Health provider, Fitness Forever has provided a wide range of health services across metropolitan Brisbane since 2010.
From exercise physiology, nutrition, and personal training, we are committed to providing health services that will allow people within the community to live longer and healthier lives. We currently offer health services through the private sector, NDIS, Workcover, Department of Veteran Affairs and Medicare with private rooms and mobile facilities.
Our supply chain
Due to our industry, we have a simple supply chain. We procure goods and services needed for our business’s day-to-day operations from preferred suppliers operating in Australia. Our supply chain arrangements include suppliers from the following key areas:
- Staffing and Operational Procurement; including goods and services required to operate a health facility, including exercise and medical equipment for the assessment and training of our clients who come to our facility or for our mobile services.
The goods and services procured include cleaning, medical goods and equipment, stationery, uniforms, linen, recruitment, staffing, and information technology.
Our long-term strategic relationships with key suppliers provide stability in our supply chain and procurement processes.
IDENTIFYING RISKS OF MODERN SLAVERY
In 2021, Fitness Forever undertook a high-level risk assessment of our key suppliers of goods and services. Our review of suppliers focused on the type of goods and services delivered, i.e., uniforms, stationery, staff, rather than defined by the annual expenditure.
We believe there is no risk of modern slavery in our directly employed workforce, as the labour market in Australia is highly regulated, and our employees are all members of health industry sectors governing bodies of which strict regulations apply. Our whistleblower policy and procedure details processes and communication pathways for employees, and suppliers, to disclose misconduct in our business and supply chain without recrimination.
Our supply chain
The entirety of our supplier’s operations are based in Australia. We believe these suppliers have a lower risk of modern slavery occurring in their supply chains, as their operations are Australian based; they are required to comply with the Modern Slavery Act within their supply chains.
Our governance framework
Fitness Forever has a strong corporate governance framework, and as part of our commitment to informing our employees and suppliers in modern slavery risks, we undertook a review of our standard procurement agreements and procurement processes to ensure that we have sound governance processes in place to meet our modern slavery compliance.
In summary, our review included the following activities:
Publication of our Modern Slavery Policy;
Update of our tender documents to have the Modern Slavery Supplier Questionnaire to ensure we identify modern slavery risks early with new suppliers during the procurement process; Review of our procurement policy and procedures to ensure inclusion of modern slavery clauses; and Update of our standard procurement agreements to include contractual obligations to address modern slavery compliance so that all new suppliers commit to adherence to the new modern slavery requirements.
In our upcoming reporting year, we aim to continue to revise and develop our approach to modern slavery compliance with building capacity within our business to monitor and act on modern slavery risks.
Awareness Raising Program
Fitness Forever aims to raise awareness and strengthen our understanding of the risk of modern slavery within our business and our supply chain by:
- Employees: Online Education Learning Module – utilise an annual online education tool to provide employees information on and their role in eliminating modern slavery in our workplace and our supply chain.
- Suppliers: Fitness Forever’s employee induction procedure will be updated to include the following:
- Pre-qualification section: Modern Slavery Supplier Questionnaire will be uploaded for completion by suppliers; and
- Supplier employee registration section: introduction of a modern slavery education the toolkit that will be completed as part of Fitness Forever’s requirements that all supplier’s employees complete the online induction annually.
Fitness Forever will continue to review our policies and procedures to ensure that we have sound governance processes in place to meet our modern slavery compliance requirements.
Fitness Forever will conduct reviews of policies, such as our Code of Conduct and Whistleblower, to ensure inclusion of modern slavery clauses to increase employee awareness of the risks of modern slavery in our business and our supply chain.
Fitness Forever’s directors have approved this statement.
Signed: Date: 24.04.2021