JAMES | Slavery + Diversity Policy


Modern slavery is defined as the recruitment, movement, harbouring or receiving of children, women or men through the use of force, coercion, abuse of vulnerability, deception or other means for the purpose of exploitation.

If you are in the UK and suspect someone might be in slavery, DO NOT confront them directly:
* Call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or fill out an online form.
* Contact the Gang-masters and Labour Abuse Authority to report concerns about the mistreatment of workers on 0800 432 0804, or by email intelligence@gla.gov.uk
* Contact Crime-stoppers on 0800 555 111
* Contact Anti-Slavery International or other specialist anti-slavery organisations

Visit www.antislavery.org for more information & help.

Organisation Structure:
JAMES [Joint Audio Media Education Services] is a not for profit organisation operating in the education sector. JAMES has no employees and is comprised of experienced industry professionals who give their time plus freelance industry assessors who are trained by JAMES.
Our Business:
JAMES offers industry accreditation to education course providers as a Professional Statutory Regulatory Body [PSRB] member of the Higher Education Statistics Authority [HESA] in line with the guidance and requirements of our industry members.
Supply Chains:
JAMES does not manufacture, design, or sell hardware or software products either in the UK or internationally. We join our client’s supply chain when providing services and we are fully transparent and open to scrutiny by them. We will report any observed malpractice encountered, both within our internal reporting procedures and also back to the organisation concerned.
Relevant Policies:
Questions asked of our clients before and during our accreditation visits. Monitoring actions taken following any reported concerns.

We recognise that slavery and human trafficking is a real yet hidden issue in our society. We are committed to acting ethically, with respect and integrity in all our business dealings and relationships, adopting an ‘open to inspection policy’ to ensure that any form of slavery is not taking place within our own business or our client supply chains.

We intend to take the following steps to combat slavery and human trafficking:
1. Assess all new clients and ask them to certify that they have taken steps to eradicate
modern slavery within their own organisation and supply chain; 2. Notify all existing clients of our expectations and their obligations in relation to the prohibition of modern slavery; 3. Provide training to relevant personnel to ensure an understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking; and 4. Where appropriate we will include reference to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in our policies and procedures.

Made up of dedicated audio industry professionals, JAMES' role is to create and maintain supportive links between education and the entertainment and media industries. We wish to ensure that many years of professional experience are not lost to future generations.

Within our course accreditation process we ensure that education providers are aware of the need to train and send into the workplace skilled practitioners from as varied a background as possible.

JAMES welcomes into our industry, professionals with the right level of experience, industry knowledge and education, regardless of gender, religion, race or cultural identity.

The members of UK Music represent many of the music business areas the students from JAMES accredited courses may seek and find employment. They have invested heavily in creating Equality and Diversity programmes that sit within their own organisations. The UK Music Diversity task force published a comprehensive report which has become the benchmark against which to measure progress.

The UK Music Diversity Taskforce will collectively improve equality and diversity across the music industry workforce with a sharp focus on gender and race.

The UK Music Diversity Report can be viewed by clicking here.

JAMES’ philosophy believes “students join the music and media industry when they start their degree or education programme”. We encourage an open and inclusive policy within our own organisation, within the student cohort and within the institutions we visit, thereby aligning them with the philosophy of our industries.

JAMES will ensure that our assessors and the education providers we work with are aware of the principles and ethics represented within the UK Music report and encourage them to adopt similar programmes within their institution and education provision.

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