Modern Slavery Statement

PART 1 – INTRODUCTION

This Statement is made on the behalf of Solid State Computing LTD (Trading as Synergy-UK) pursuant to Section 54 (1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes its Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement for the financial year ending 30th September 2019.

This Statement has been approved and signed by the Company’s Managing Director Karl Ashford.

The business always works to the highest ethical standards and ensures that it complies with all Laws, Regulations and Rules that are relevant to our business. Slavery and Human Trafficking are unacceptable, and the company will not tolerate forced labour of any description within the company or in its supply chains. The business recognises its moral and legal responsibility to help prevent Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking and commit to taking robust and effective steps to ensure no such activities arise in the operation of the company.

The aim of the company is to achieve the highest ethical standards in this regard as a minimum, will comply with all relevant legislation. All employees of the company have a responsibility to be alert to the risks of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in their daily activities. With that in mind, employees are expected to report to management any concerns that an employee may have in this regard and managers are expected to act upon any concerns raised without delay.

This Statement sets out the action that the business has taken to identify, understand and address risks of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in its business and supply chains. It also sets out the steps put in place aimed at ensuring that there is no Slavery or Human Trafficking in the company or supply chains.

PART 2 – RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibility for the business’ anti-slavery initiatives are as follows:

  • Overall, the company’s HR Manager has been appointed as the key contact for issues relating to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking within its UK operations and/or Supply Chains.

PART 3 – DUE DILIGENCE & COMPLIANCE

As part of the business’ initiative to identify and mitigate risk, the business undertakes due diligence when considering working with potential new suppliers and regularly reviews the company’s existing suppliers against the same criteria. The due diligence and reviews include:

  • Assessing whether particular activities, countries or regions are high risk in relation to Modern Slavery or Human Trafficking by conducting Supplier Audits/Assessments.
  • Taking steps to improve any substandard supplier practices, including the provision of advice to suppliers through the Audit/Assessment process and face-to-face meetings on supplier premises.
  • Invoking sanctions against suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with an action plan or seriously violate the business’ Ethical Trading & Code of Conduct Policy, including the termination of the company relationship.
  • Suppliers are requested to confirm in writing that they shall adhere to the company’s Ethical Trading & Code of Conduct policy.

PART 4 – RELEVANT POLICIES

Synergy-UK has in place the following Policies that set out its approach to the identification and prevention of Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking within the business and supplier chains: Ethical Trading & Code of Conduct Policy

  • This includes the business’ commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all business relationships, and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure Slavery & Human Trafficking is not taking place anywhere.
  • The business is committed to ensuring that its suppliers adhere to the highest ethical standards. Suppliers are required to demonstrate that they provide their workers with safe working conditions, treat them with dignity and respect, and act ethically and within the Law in their use of labour. Serious breaches of the company Ethical Trading & Code of Conduct Policy shall lead to the termination of the business relationship.
  • The company’s Ethical Trading & Code of Conduct Policy sets out the standard of ethical conduct that it expects from suppliers to the company. All suppliers are expected to adhere to the business Policy and to ensure that they comply with it, with major emphasis on areas which are to be considered to be at higher risk.
  • The Policy also sets out the implications for a supplier acting in breach, including termination of the company relationship.

Whistleblowing Policy

  • The business encourages all employees, workers customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to activities within the business or in its supply chains.
  • This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an increased risk of Slavery or Human Trafficking.
  • The Whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for works to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation.

PART 5 – MEASURING PERFORMANCE

To measure the business’ effectiveness in ensuring that Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking is not taking place within its business or supply chains, it is:

  • Continuing to adapt the system for supply chain verification, whereby the organisation evaluates potential suppliers before they enter the supply chain; and.
  • Conducting a review of its existing supply chains, expected to be completed within 2017, whereby the organisation evaluates all existing suppliers.

PART 6 – TRAINING

The business requires that all key staff without our supply chain complete training on Modern Slavery to ensure that they understand the risks of Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking infiltrating the company or its supply chains.

PART 7 – SIGNATURE

Karl Ashford

Managing Director

Synergy-UK Limited

Date: 05/08/2019

Company Number: 0221 8358

Solid State Computing is a Limited Company registered in England

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