1. ANTI-SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING STATEMENT
According to the recent statistics over 21 million people, including about 5 million children around the world are in forced labour. Together they generate an estimated profit of about $150 billion per annum. All businesses that provide products and/or services might be directly or indirectly involved with unscrupulous business partners both in their operations as well as in global supply chain. The UK Government introduced the Transparency in Supply Chains (TISC) clause in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act), requiring large companies to report on their actions to prevent abuse and exploitation in their supply chains. Section 54 of the Act requires companies with an annual turnover above £36 million to produce an annual ‘slavery and human trafficking statement’ for each financial year, indicating the steps they are taking to prevent modern slavery abuses in supply chains and operations. Objectivity does not yet meet the requirements in the Act but decided to have a statement setting out our approach to tackling modern slavery and providing a level of assurance to our Clients. Objectivity is committed to preventing acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within its business and supply chain, and expects the same high standards from its suppliers, contractors, and other business partners. We are taking set of actions to increase recognition of a topic internally and among our suppliers even if though we do not meet the threshold. It's reflected in our code of conduct as we want to be open and transparent about our recruitment practices, policies and procedures in relation to modern slavery. We want to take steps that are consistent with our sector, size and operational reach.
1.2. Objectivity statement
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms and purports to deprive a person of their liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings. It is important for us to share the knowledge about this crucial issue with our colleagues and partners. We are committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, and as part of our contracting processes, we endeavour to include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards. In Objectivity we believe that being able to detect the issue at an early stage of cooperation is the key, therefore our procurement runs set of risk identification and mitigation processes. In order to set our expectations in a clear standard manner for all our suppliers we address them via assessment. When concerns or questions come up, communication at the local level, either peer-to-peer or with Leader or Line Manager. You may also communicate by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This statement applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners.
It was approved by the board on 22 October 2020
Board of Directors
Date: 22 October 2020