We oppose slavery and human trafficking in all its forms. We are committed to improving our practices to combat modern slavery in our business by taking steps, as far as we are able, to ensure that our supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking. This statement sets out the steps we have taken in 2021 to understand potential modern slavery risks within our business structure and supply chain, and as well as the steps taken to eradicate these risks.
We are a company providing information technology consultancy and training services to businesses across a range of sectors including healthcare, financial services, online and mobile gaming, logistics, professional sports, vehicle leasing, and telecommunications amongst others.
Our annual turnover is under £36 million. Although we are not required to make a modern slavery statement under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, we are making this voluntary statement to show our commitment to ethical trading principles and to set out the steps we are taking to identify risks and tackle modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and in our supply chains.
Our supply chains mainly consist of the engagement of personnel and the purchasing of goods and services to support the delivery of our services and the running of our business, such as IT and software, maintenance and facilities, and equipment and materials. The majority of our suppliers are UK businesses.
Our commitment to ethical trading
We are committed to ethical trading principles and to acquiring goods and services without harm to others.
Due diligence and risk assessment
In general, potential areas of risk in this area for our business include recruitment, engagement of contractors, security services, food and catering services, construction / building services, cleaning, stationery and office equipment, IT hardware and software.
To help identify and monitor the risk of slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain we vet suppliers and sub-contractors to ensure that they are committed to ethical labour practices and ask all suppliers to provide information on their compliance with the Modern Slavery Act during the selection process. We will seek to include anti-slavery and human tracking provisions in our contracts with suppliers, where appropriate.
We only employ agency workers through reputable employment agencies that adhere to our commitment to anti-slavery and human trafficking.
Effectiveness in combating slavery and human trafficking
We use the following key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure how effective we have been at ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains:
- The percentage of suppliers and sub-contractors vetted for ethical labour practices.
- The number of inspections of direct suppliers and sub-contractors in our supply chains in the past year.
- The number of reported breaches in the past year.
- Percentage of staff receiving training on identifying and addressing the risk of slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide training to our staff. We also require our business partners to provide training to their staff and suppliers and providers.
Following a review of the effectiveness of the steps we have taken this year to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains we intend to take the following further steps to combat slavery and human trafficking:
- We commit to better understand our supply chains and work towards greater transparency and responsibility towards people working on them.
- Adequate resources will be made available to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within our business or within our supply chains to the best of our knowledge.
- We will also raise awareness with our employees and contractors to ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business.
- We will more closely monitor our supply chains, in particular those that have been identified as a potential risk and take appropriate action if necessary.