Premium Credit Limited and Mizzen Mezzco Limited Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking statement for the financial year ended 31 December 2021
This Statement is for Premium Credit Limited and Mizzen Mezzco Limited, who for the basis of the Statement will be described collectively as Premium Credit.
Premium Credit is committed to carrying out business responsibly, which includes ensuring that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in any part of the business or supply chain. This Statement sets out Premium Credit’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business or its supply chains.
1.0 Organisational structure and supply chains
Premium Credit’s purpose is clear; “We proudly support our community of customers and partners in creating opportunities through convenient payments”. Our values, Stand Together, Stand True, Stand Up and Stand Out guide our behaviour.
Premium Credit is a market-leading provider of insurance premium finance in the UK and Ireland. The Company also provides finance to pay annual fees such as accountancy and school fees.
Premium Credit supports over 3,000 intermediaries in its chosen markets and serves more than 2.1 million customers. Premium Credit is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, and the Central Bank of Ireland.
Premium Credit employs approximately 400 colleagues across the whole of the UK and Ireland and has recently implemented a hybrid working model consisting of remote working and onsite collaboration.
Currently, Premium Credit has processing operations and IT Development with an Outsourced provider in India, who employ approximately 120 people.
2.0 Assessing and managing the risk
Premium Credit has conducted a risk review assessment of its own business and that of its material suppliers to ensure there are no risks associated with slavery or human trafficking.
Risks are mitigated by using suppliers whom Premium Credit considers to be reputable, and Premium Credit specifically requests that these suppliers declare that their own business activities do not involve slavery or human trafficking.
The supply chain is not extensive and is comprised mainly of outsourced services, which include business processing operations, IT support and development, facilities and cleaning services. Other suppliers provide software. The services provided have extensive oversight which incorporates adherence to all policies including the Modern Slavery policy. Our second line risk management teams also conduct an annual review to ensure effectiveness of our controls.
3.0 Relevant policies
Premium Credit operates the following policies that describe its approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations:
4.0 Due diligence
Premium Credit undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. Premium Credit’s due diligence questionnaire includes relevant questions and considerations relating to modern slavery and human trafficking. Premium Credit ensures standard clauses on human rights and modern slavery are included in all supplier contracts.
All colleagues responsible for procurement and management of supplier relationships receive training every two years. Colleagues in relevant roles at the outsourced providers also complete the Premium Credit training.
Training includes how to assess the risk of slavery and human trafficking, how to identify signs and what steps to take if slavery or human trafficking is suspected. The focus is particularly on the expectations that Premium Credit has of suppliers and contractors in maintaining an environment that is free from slavery and human trafficking.
6.0 Performance indicators
Premium Credit has identified the following key performance indicators (KPIs) to ensure that good practices are maintained:
7.0 Our continuing plan
Over the course of the next year, Premium Credit will:
This Group Statement is made with respect to the financial year ended 31 December 2021 in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and has been approved by the Premium Credit Limited Board on 30 March 2022.
The Statement will be reviewed and (if necessary) updated annually to reflect Premium Credit Limited’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that its business and supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
Tara Waite, Chief Executive
30 March 2022