Softlink Information Centres

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

Modern Slavery comes in various forms but in all forms it has the common feature of one person depriving another of his or her liberty in order to exploit that person for commercial or personal gain. The term Modern Slavery is also used to denote human trafficking which includes the acts of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harbouring, or receiving a person, through any coercive means for the purpose of exploitation. In all its forms, Modern Slavery is a violation of human rights and is illegal, but we as a company are conscious that it continues to occur across the world.

It is important to us that we are “Doing the Right Thing” where ever we operate. Our goal is to implement systems which will ensure that Modern Slavery is not taking place anywhere in our business and that those with whom we do business never benefit from or in any way contribute to Modern Slavery.

The objective of the systems which are being put in place is to ensure that everyone who works for and does business with us upholds and acts in accordance with the same principles. In particular, everyone who works for and does business with us must avoid any activity that might amount to, or lead to, a breach of this Policy.

This Policy applies to all who work at Softlink Information Centres and anyone who has a business relationship with Softlink Information Centres.

We endeavour to communicate our Policy and the means to report breaches to all suppliers, contractors and others with whom we do business at the outset of any business relationship and remind them of our approach, when appropriate. We may terminate our relationship with any person or organization who does not comply with this Policy.

A breach of the Policy by an employee of Softlink Information Centres will be considered under the company’s misconduct procedures and, if a serious breach, could be treated as a gross misconduct, which might result in dismissal without notice.

Reporting Breaches of this Policy

It is the responsibility of all of us to detect and report any incident of Modern Slavery. Any suspicion of Modern Slavery or other issues which could be a breach of the Policy should be raised at the earliest opportunity. Reports can be made to any member of the Softlink Information Centres team or to an independent organisation such as the Modern Slavery Helpline: https://www.modernslaveryhelpline.org/

Approved

Policy approved by the Softlink Information Centres General Manager, John Crook, on 28th May 2018 for immediate use.

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