Introduction from the Board of Directors
We adopt a zero-tolerance stance towards modern slavery and human trafficking and we are committed to improving our approach to combatting this unacceptable practice. We never engage with any member of the Allocate workforce in a way that could constitute a form of slavery or human trafficking. We continue to work with our partners and suppliers to take positive steps to ensure that the use of modern slaves and human trafficking has no place in our supply and/or value chain.
This statement is made under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our group transparency statement.
We are a provider of Software as a Service solutions focusing on workforce and organisational optimisation in the health sector, and have a subsidiary focused on the maritime, defence and engineering sectors. Our organisation is headquartered out of the United Kingdom with 470 employees worldwide. We have operations in Europe, USA, South East Asia and Australasia.
Our business is organised into seven business units:
1. Corporate (including finance, HR, product management, R&D)
6. New Geographies
7. DynamaSolutions (a wholly owned subsidiary)
Our supply chains
Our supply chain includes, for example:
- Third party suppliers primarily related to technical development services (software development) and delivery of Software as a Service (cloud hosting, support and services)
- Design agencies, and merchandising suppliers that support our sales and marketing activities
- Individual consultants, who support our internal business activities in development, implementation services and business process improvement
- Supply of computer hardware and software to support our internal business operations.
Our policies on slavery and human trafficking
We are committed to ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our approach to modern slavery reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains. Through our hiring processes, workforce policies and salary benchmarking reviews, we will demonstrate to ourselves and our Board of Directors that we do not directly participate in any slavery or human trafficking practices in any country in which we operate and employ staff.
Supplier adherence to our values
We have zero tolerance for slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors comply with our values, we operate a supply chain compliance programme. This consists of:
- Stipulating in our standard Terms and Conditions with suppliers that Allocate has a zero tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking.
- Obtaining a statement from suppliers confirming they do not actively participate in slavery and human trafficking.
- Refusing to enter into a supplier relationship with an organisation that will not accept our T&Cs on the ground of our zero-tolerance approach, or who responds to the request for confirmation with indication of support for or facilitation of slavery and human trafficking.
Our Legal, Finance and Human Resources teams are involved in ensuring programme compliance.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide training to our staff. This training is targeted at staff who actively search for and work with suppliers, however, is available to all staff.
Our effectiveness in combating slavery and human trafficking
We use the following key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure how effective we have been to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains:
- All new supplier agreements will include a clause pertaining to slavery and human trafficking.
- All existing suppliers will be asked to provide verification of their commitment to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking. Response to this request will be tracked and reported to the Board of Directors.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the 12 months ending 30th November 2018.
Sati Sian, CEO
Allocate Software Limited
Dated: 10th November 2017