Anti-Modern Slavery Statement for the Financial Year ending 31 December 2016
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Servelec Group PLC has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically, and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings; putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within our business or our supply chain.
This statement sets out the Group’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and the steps in place aimed at ensuring there is no slavery or human trafficking in its business and its supply chains. This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.
Servelec Group PLC is a UK-headquartered technology group, with significant intellectual property, providing software, hardware and services globally to the health and social care, oil and gas, energy and utilities sectors.
The Group currently has sites in the following countries: United Kingdom, USA, Australia, India, France, UAE, Republic of Ireland and Belgium.
Supply Chain and Due Diligence
This statement covers the activities of the Servelec Group PLC and all our subsidiaries. It governs all our business dealings and the conduct of all persons or organisations with whom we contract directly or who we appoint to act on our behalf.
We expect all who have, or seek to have, a business relationship with the Group and/or any subsidiary of our Group, to familiarise themselves with our anti-slavery policy and to act at all times in a way which is consistent with our anti-slavery policy.
We plan to update our supplier contracts to include questions/terms which confirm their compliance to the Anti-Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Act.
Relevant Policies and Practices
Servelec Group PLC continues to operate a number of internal policies and practices to ensure we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. Our policies describe our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our operations.
Our anti-slavery policy sets out the organisation’s stance on modern slavery and explains how employees can identify any instances of this and where they can go for help. The Group’s whistleblowing policy ensures employees know they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
We continue to endeavour to carry out our own recruitment activities and/or to only use reputable employment agencies to source labour. We also carry out appropriate background checks including eligibility to work in the UK for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
The Group’s business code of conduct explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.
The HR department continues to liaise with other relevant departments such as the Quality Assurance and Legal teams to ensure relevant risk analysis and investigations/due diligence in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking is carried out.
Awareness & Performance Indicators
As part of our exercise on modern slavery awareness, the Group’s anti-slavery and human trafficking policy was circulated via email and also made available on the Group’s intranet. Further to this, the Group plan to continue to create awareness on modern slavery issues through training workshops and annual update communications.
Our Group policy on modern slavery will continue to be communicated to all suppliers, contractors and business partners at appropriate points during the business relationship and reinforced as appropriate thereafter.
Our High Risk Areas
No reports were received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate modern slavery practices have been identified within our business activities during the financial year 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.
Servelec Group PLC understands modern slavery risk is not static, therefore we will continue to mitigate this risk in the year ahead as we continue to review our key performance indicators to ensure effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within our business or our supply chain.
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors of Servelec Group PLC on 31 March 2017