Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Servelec Group 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 2017 to 31 December 2017.
Servelec Group 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.
Since January 2018, Servelec is owned by Montagu Private Equity.
The Group currently has sites in the following countries: United Kingdom, USA, Australia, France, UAE, Republic of Ireland and Belgium.
Supply Chain and Due Diligence
This statement covers the activities of Servelec Group 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.
All our supplier contracts now include questions/terms which confirm their compliance to the Anti-Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Act to ensure their business ethics and actions towards slavery and human trafficking is similar to ours.
We continue to operate a number of internal policies and practices to ensure we are conducting our businesses 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 continued to liaise with other relevant departments such as Quality Assurance, Legal and Commercial teams to ensure relevant risk analysis and investigations/due diligence in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking continues to be carried out in our business operations.
Awareness & Performance Indicators
As part of our commitment to creating aware on the risks of modern slavery, posters on modern slavery and human trafficking were made available and placed on notice boards around our offices as a reminder to all our employees (and suppliers/contractors who visit our sites) of our position on modern slavery and human trafficking.
We continued to create awareness on modern slavery issues through regular updates communicated to all employees via emails and our policy statement was made available on the Group’s intranet.
Relevant training workshops and annual update communications are some of the tools we plan to use to create continued awareness on modern slavery issues to ensure we safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within our business operations.
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 2017 to 31 December 2017.
The Group 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 on 25 April 2018