Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
Assurity Systems Limited Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 1st January 2022
This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year 1st November 2021 and 31 October 2022.
The statement sets down ASSURITY SYSTEMS’s commitment to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our business activities and the steps we have put in place with the aim of ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our own business and supply chains. We all have a duty to be alert to risks, however small. Staff are expected to report their concerns and management to act upon them.
Organisational structure and supply chains
This statement covers the business activities of ASSURITY SYSTEMS which are as follows:
ASSURITY SYSTEMS is a specialist consultancy organisation focused on supplying highly secure cyber defence technology solutions to the UK and international organisations. These consultants work in ASSURITY SYSTEMS offices or on customer locations.
The Company currently operates in the following countries: UK, Ireland, Western Europe and parts of the Middle East and Africa. Internationally covered by ASSURITY SYSTEMS Corporate global policies that align with the standards included in this document.
ASSURITY SYSTEMS employees professionally qualified consultants. These consultants during the recruitment process must prove they are UK citizens or have Home Office approval to work and/or reside in the UK.
High Risk Activities
Due to the nature of ASSURITY SYSTEMS’s business ASSURITY SYSTEMS is unlikely to encounter Modern Slavery internally. However, they need to be aware and understand how to report any instances when they may be on customer sites that have a higher risk. All ASSURITY SYSTEMS employees must be approved to work and/or reside in the UK and this is a fundamental check during the recruitment and onboarding process.
Responsibility for the Company’s anti-slavery initiatives is as follows:
1.1 Policies: The Board is responsible for creating and reviewing policies. The process by which policies are developed is based on latest best practice and UK Government guidelines and rules.
1.2 Risk assessments: The Board and the relevant Project Manager on a particular customer project or location is responsible for risk assessments in respect of human rights and modern slavery by a process of due diligence prior to the commencement of any project.
1.3 Due diligence: All Directors, Line Managers, Project Managers, and individual consultants are responsible for due diligence in relation to being aware of known or suspected instances of modern slavery and human trafficking.
To ensure a good understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains, the Company requires all new staff to read and understand the ASSURITY SYSTEMS employee policy and to review at least annually to ensure they fully understand the policy and how to identify any instances of slavery within ASSURITY SYSTEMS and on customer sites they visit as part of their duties. Onboarding induction also covers modern slavery as a standard and fundamental awareness and how to report any instances internally or externally.
The Company is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our business or our supply chains. This Statement affirms its intention to act ethically as in all our business relationships. The following policies set down our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our operations.
2.1 Whistleblowing policy: The Company encourages all its workers, customers, and other business partners to report any concerns related to its direct activities or its supply chains.
2.2 Code of Conduct: The Company Code of Conduct sets down the actions and behaviour expected of employees when representing the Company.
2.3 Corporate Code of Conduct and Business Ethics Policy: The code of Conduct and Business Ethics (herein referred to as “the Code of Conduct”) serves as a guide to ASSURITY SYSTEMS employees, stakeholders, and customers to ensure a high standard of integrity. For purposes of this Code of Conduct, any reference to ASSURITY SYSTEMS includes all related and interrelated parties as defined in the Companies Act.
Due Diligence Processes for Slavery and Human Trafficking
The Company undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. The Company’s due diligence process includes making clear our expectations of business partners and evaluating the modern slavery and human trafficking risks of each new supplier and invoking sanctions against suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with an action plan provided by us, including the termination of the business relationship.
This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement will be regularly reviewed by the ASSURITY SYSTEMS Board and updated as necessary. The ASSURITY SYSTEMS Board of Directors fully endorses this policy statement and is fully committed to its implementation.
This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement has been approved and authorised by:
Name: Colin Jupe
Position: Director of Strategy
Date: 1st January 2022