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Modern Slavery Act 2015: Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

INTRODUCTION

We are proud of the steps we have taken to combat slavery and human trafficking. 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 also have a company Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy which is available on the company’s website and internal sharepoint system for employees.

The Financial Director, Paul Martin, is the main board director with primary responsibility for implementing this policy and for reporting annually. In accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, we will update and issue this policy (which for the purposes of the Act should be seen as our Statement) annually to confirm the actions taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our supply chain or own business.

ORGANISATION'S STRUCTURE: OUR BUSINESSES AND SUPPLY CHAINS

We are a HMG approved ICT and Engineering global recruitment organisation operating from the largest single site in the UK and are the UK’s leading supplier of Security Cleared contract and permanent ICT resource to Her Majesty’s Government. We operate 8 specialist Recruitment Divisions engaged in the provision of contract & permanent staff via award winning service delivery models. Our operating Divisions include; International, National Security & Defence, Public Sector, Engineering, ICT, Permanent, Financial Services and Managed Services.

We work with over 200 suppliers in our supply chain, majority of which are Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SME’s). These suppliers are managed by our procurement team via a robust due diligence process and risk assessment which ensures we help protect vulnerable groups of people. We have also introduced a prequalification questionnaire that specifically addresses the risks of slavery and human trafficking and requests information about the due diligence mechanisms in place.

OUR POLICIES ON SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.

DUE DILIGENCE PROCESSES FOR SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we ensure that our employees particularly those with procurement and employment responsibility are aware of how they can assist in tackling modern slavery and human trafficking.

We have in place systems to:

  • Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains.
  • Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains.
  • Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.
  • Protect whistle blowers.

SUPPLIER ADHERENCE TO OUR VALUES

We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors comply with our values we have in place a supply chain compliance programme. In addition, a declaration to confirm support and compliance of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 will be contained in our updated supplier contracts and existing suppliers will be required to complete this declaration on renewal.
We have a dedicated compliance team, which consists of involvement from the following departments:

  • Legal
  • Audit and compliance
  • Human resources
  • Procurement


TRAINING

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.

FURTHER STEPS

We will be in a position to provide more information on how we have progressed in next year’s slavery and human trafficking statement. In the meantime, we intend to develop a more comprehensive programme addressing the risks of slavery and human trafficking beyond our immediate supply chain.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30 June 2016.

This statement has been approved by the board of LA International Computer Consultants Limited.


………………………………
Scott Henry
Managing Director

For and on behalf of
LA International Computer Consultants Limited

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