Modern slavery is a violation of an individual’s basic human rights. Equal Experts recognises that as a commercial organisation it has a moral and social responsibility to take a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery in all forms.
We are committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our corporate activities and to ensuring, as far as we are able, that our supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
Organisational structureEqual Experts UK Ltd is a management consultancy corporation engaged in software engineering. The company is privately owned and limited by shareholding and operates in 7 countries.
In relation to Modern Slavery we consider:
- Our primary activities to be:
- Professional consultancy on defining, building and operating software systems
- Software engineering personnel and teams
- IT Consulting
- Our activities to be low risk as our people need to be highly skilled, experienced and highly knowledgeable.
- The countries we operate in to be low risk with the exception of:
- South Africa and India
Responsibility for policies and initiatives within the organisation is as follows:
- Policies are the responsibility of our COO in conjunction with our Global HR Lead. These are reviewed annually by the Executive Board.
- Risk assessments are the responsibility of our Business Unit Leads within each country.
- Investigations and due diligence for those investigations is the responsibility of our Global Operations team, led by the appropriate Business Unit Lead.
Awareness is raised with all employees and suppliers through our Executive newsletters and internal blog posts. Further Awareness training is provided to all individuals involved directly in the above areas of responsibility.
Employee Code of Conduct
Our employee Code of Conduct explains the behaviours we expected of them when representing the company and clients. We expect employees to recognise and adhere to the key tenets of the Act while at work.
We encourage all our employees to report any concerns relating to unlawful conduct, malpractice, dangers to the public or the environment, and any other matter of a serious nature. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) is specifically referenced within our employee handbook.
Code of Conduct for Suppliers
We are committed to ensuring our suppliers adhere to our Code of Conduct, incorporated into our framework agreements, that expects them to demonstrate safe working conditions where necessary, treat workers with dignity and respect, and act within the law in their use of labour. Serious violations of the organisation’s supplier code of conduct will lead to the termination of the business relationship. We use specified, reputable employment and recruitment agencies to source labour and verify the practices of any new agency invited to act for us.
We undertake due diligence using when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly review existing suppliers. This due diligence includes:
- evaluating the modern slavery risks of each new supplier as part of our onboarding process
- conducting supplier audits through Sedex where general risks are identified (see risks below)
- taking steps to improve substandard suppliers’ practices, including providing advice to suppliers through Sedex and requiring them to implement action plans