PMP Recruitment launches partnership to help modern slavery victims
PMP Recruitment, part of Cordant Group, has launched a partnership with charity Unseen that will help to raise vital funds and supplies for the victims of modern slavery. The company will be promoting one fundraising event each month during 2018, whilst also offering support to victims who may be seeking employment opportunities as they look to rebuild their lives.
The first campaign of the year saw PMP employees, with the help of their clients and suppliers, put together 400 survivor kits for those people in need who have been subjected to modern slavery. The kits - which include items such as toiletries, clothes, hats and scarves - have a combined monetary value of approximately £8,000 and will provide enough supplies of this nature across Unseen’s safe houses for up to four years.
Throughout 2018, PMP will also organise and contribute to additional campaigns designed to generate funds and offer further support. This will include community fundraising, a Football4Freedom tournament, family fun days, and a national campaign, ‘Be Seen Be Heard’, which will raise awareness of modern slavery in the labour and supply chain industries.
As part of the partnership, PMP will work alongside Cordant Group's portfolio of expert brands to provide free support to Unseen's internal recruitment campaigns, including roles such as safe house managers, support workers and communications officers. In addition, the recruitment specialist will also be helping to assist modern slavery survivors back into a life of independence through occupational health support, back to work schemes, apprenticeships and flexible work placements.
Almost 21 million people worldwide are victims of forced labour, including 11.4 million women and girls and 9.5 million men and boys. Of those exploited by individuals or enterprises, 4.5 million are victims of forced sexual exploitation. In the UK, 3,805 people were identified as potential victims of trafficking during 2016 – up 17% on the previous year.
Jamie Reynolds, managing director of PMP Recruitment, said, “We are extremely proud to partner with such a worthwhile charity. Unseen delivers fantastic work and we will look to offer support and raise vital funds that will be used to assist the many poor people who have fallen victim of modern slavery practices. We look forward to hosting a number of exciting fundraising events throughout the year, whilst also providing professional advice and support to those people who are ready to explore potential employment opportunities as they look to the future.”
Andrew Wallis OBE, CEO of Unseen, added, “Unseen is incredibly proud to join forces with Cordant Group in our shared mission to tackle modern slavery. The ethics that flow through Cordant and their genuine commitment to inspiring change makes for an impactful and inspiring partnership. Not only will survivors of slavery be supported to rebuild their lives, but slavery will be tackled in business operations and supply chains, a risk area for modern slavery.”
In September 2017, Cordant Group announced it was to become the largest social enterprise in the UK, reinvesting all its profits into initiatives and programmes that are designed to help improve lives and society.