Annual Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
This annual Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement provides information to supplement our Ethical Trading Policy. In this statement we set out the steps we have taken during the financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our supply chains, or in any part of our own business. We include details of our activities, supply chains and the actions we have taken and are taking to ensure that modern slavery is not deliberately or inadvertently supported by us. The content of our modern slavery statement will evolve over time, to demonstrate a year-on-year improvement outlining practical progress on how we are tackling the risks and incidence of modern slavery in our operations and supply chains.
Statement of Commitment
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business. This policy applies to all persons who act on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels: directors, consultants, contractors, agency workers, volunteers, interns, business partners and our supply chains.
Our Business Structure, Business and Supply Chain
For over 30 years, Data Techniques has provided installation of network and cabling infrastructure to a diverse range of clients across industry sectors. We continually adapt and grow, embracing the opportunities that evolving technologies afford our business. We ensure that our people have the latest accreditations and qualifications, assuring our clients of best practice and standards excellence.
We are proud of our history, heritage and values and we strive to ensure that all our projects are delivered in a manner that upholds and enhances the reputation of Data Techniques and its clients in a socially responsible manner.
Although we primarily work in the UK, we frequently serve our clients throughout the world via our two established offices in the UK. We operate via an extensive network of trusted and proven partners and vendors.
Our supply chain consists of contractors for labour purposes, distributors for the supply of materials and other service providers. We rarely purchase items directly from manufactures, instead using UK based distributors, operating on behalf of global manufacturers.
Policies and Responsibility
The following policies help us to identify and prevent modern slavery in our organisation and are available on the Data Techniques website at www.datatechniques.co.uk/corporate-policies/:
a) Ethical Trading Policy BMP 005
b) Equal Opportunities Policy BMP 015
The following senior staff have responsibility for the enforcement of our policies:
CEO & Executive Board
The two areas where the greatest risks have been identified are from:
- Equipment and material suppliers
- Contractors and their employees
Although we do not generally purchase materials directly from overseas entities which might contribute a business slavery risk, due diligence is still undertaken. Even though materials are obtained via various UK distributors, the original manufactures which could have manufacturing plants in the UK or abroad are ordinarily global enterprises where Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) can be assessed and recorded. Regular checks are made on the existence of such CSR undertakings.
All contractors are required to sign a framework agreement that includes a statement of adherence to our modern slavery policy although no direct verification is undertaken.
Our business undertakes a range of activities in order to ensure that there is no slavery and human trafficking in the business and supply chains as listed below:
- Key global manufacturers have online checks carried out to verify their CSR credentials and applicable documents are reviewed.
- Contractors are required to sign a framework agreement
Verification of manufacturers has been recently implemented, although this review is not fully complete. This exercise is a general review and assessment of the organisation concerned.
This is the first financial year that the company turnover has exceeded the £36m threshold. Therefore, although limited due diligence had previously been undertaken, a more formal process is now required.
Starting this year, a more robust approach will be introduced and included as part of the overall Business Management System. This approach to evaluation will include the following actions with anticipated completion times:
- Inform and update employees about modern slavery and human trafficking – Q4 2019
- Review of key manufactures and assessment of their CSR – Q4 2019
- Creation of records of assessment and database of information collected – Q4 2019
- Carry out regular reviews of each manufacturer – On going annually
- Include as part of the Annual Management Review – Q1 2020
Any supplier who cannot demonstrate adherence to this statement will not be granted approved supplier status.
Training and Raising Awareness of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Issues
Although no training has yet been provided to staff, due to the relatively low risk to the business an internal awareness brief will be produced and issued. This will cover the supply chain and general business ethics.
Currently there is no specific mandatory training required by any customers.
The online induction will also be reviewed and updated accordingly to include some information on modern slavery and human trafficking.
Chief Executive Officer