Modern slavery and human trafficking statement pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015

 

This statement is published pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and is the modern slavery and human trafficking statement of Add Global Limited and its subsidiaries. Add Global Limited is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure that modern slavery is NOT taking place anywhere in its own companies or in its supply chains.

Whilst many of our tier 1 suppliers are based in the UK, many of the suppliers are also based all over the world. Often there can be several levels of suppliers between Add Global and the raw materials at the very beginning of the process. As such, respecting and complying with modern slavery, human trafficking and general human rights obligations is as much the responsibly of the suppliers as it is ours.

 

Risk assessment

Add Global aims to have systems in place which:

  • identify and assess potential risk areas in supply chains;
  • mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in the supply chains;
  • monitor potential risk areas in Add Global supply chains; and
  • protect whistleblowe

The steps set out throughout the rest of this statement are aimed at remedying and mitigating identified areas of risk. Add Global Limited hopes that the steps it takes will eliminate the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking taking place in its own businesses and its supply chains.

 

Code of Conduct and Business Ethics

Add Global has published on its website, a Code of Conduct and Business Ethics which applies to all aspects of the supply of goods and services provided to us. The Code of Conduct and Business Ethics is provided to potential suppliers as part of the procurement process. The Code of Conduct and Business Ethics communicates the high standards expected of all our partners and suppliers.

Under the Code of Conduct and Business Ethics, a prospective supplier must, amongst other requirements:

  • comply with all of the applicable laws, statutes, regulations and codes of the countries it is present in;
  • maintain a safe and civilized work environment;
  • uphold the human rights of all employees and adhere with all laws, regulations, codes and government guidelines on human rights;
  • take all reasonable steps to ensure there is no slavery, human trafficking or child labor taking place in its supply chains or elsewhere in its business and
  • keep up to date with its understanding of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and always comply with its requirements.

 

Internal policies

Add Global has several internal policies in place which ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in its businesses, all of which are available for employees to access via our intranet. Such internal policies include policies in respect of anti-bribery and corruption, whistleblowing, diversity and recruitment. Add Global Limited carries out “right to work” checks on all direct employees prior to them commencing their roles in the business. This includes checking that the employee has a valid visa and is of an appropriate age to work.

 

Due diligence

As part of Add Global procurement process, potential suppliers are required to complete a questionnaire to be considered as part of their bid. The questions aimed at ensuring that the potential supplier is aware, at an early stage of the procurement process, of its obligations to act ethically and that we will not tolerate human trafficking, modern slavery or any other unethical practices in its supply chains.

Where possible, Add Global seeks to conduct audits on certain high-risk tier 1 suppliers to monitor compliance with their legal requirements and our expected standards. Add Global aims to ensure that all of its suppliers work in accordance with its expectations.

Lastly, Add Global aims to use its own standard terms and conditions which includes anti-slavery and human trafficking provisions. If a supplier breach any of these provisions, we have the ability to terminate the contract with that supplier.

 

Training

Add Global recognizes the importance of its staff being aware of and understanding the risks of slavery and human trafficking. Add Global seeks to ensure that appropriate staff are able to identify the signs of slavery and human trafficking and that such staff are aware of what action to take if such activities are identified or suspected.

 

Further steps

Add Global is committed to eradicating the risk of slavery and human trafficking and continues to be proud of the steps taken by the group during the years. Add Global recognizes that modern slavery and human trafficking are evolving issues. Therefore, Add Global will continue to consider the effectiveness of the steps it is taking to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking from its businesses and its supply chains and may take such further steps as it considers may be appropriate to address any risk of slavery or human trafficking.