This statement is made on behalf of Company Net Limited and sets out to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to our business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking within our own business and our supply chains.
We are absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our business activities, and to ensuring that our supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
Our business and structure
Company Net Ltd is a successful Scottish SME which has, for 20+ years, been designing and implementing IT business systems. Our annual turnover is consistently in the £2m-£3million range and as such we are not of the scale that mandates that we must publish a slavery and human trafficking statement. However, CompanyNet has completed the UK Government’s Modern Slavery assessment tool in order to address any risks of modern slavery in our supply chain and have determined to back this up with a Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement.
We work with dozens of organisations each year, in the public, private and not for profit sectors, from charities, to government departments, to large commercial organisations. We employ around 25 people in our offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Our supply chains
Our supply chains include printing and paper services, IT services, training providers, recruitment consultants, and marketing services amongst others. We have reviewed the risks that these supply chains can present.
We expect our suppliers and contractors to demonstrate a zero tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking. Suppliers are required to demonstrate that they act ethically and within the law in their use of labour. Where suppliers are unable to demonstrate this standard, we will look to terminate the business relationship.
We encourage all our employees, contractors and suppliers to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, CompanyNet. All CompanyNet employees are fully aware of the behaviour expected of them when representing the company and we strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct when managing our supply chain.
We use only specified, reputable employment agencies/consultants to source labour. CompanyNet ensures that all potential employees have the legal right to work in the UK and that relevant employment legislation is adhered to.
CompanyNet undertakes due diligence when considering using new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. Where possible, we build long standing relationships with local suppliers and make clear our expectations of business behavior and expect our supplier to undertake due diligence with, if applicable, their suppliers.
We use the following key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure how effective we have been in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains:
• Use of the Whistleblowing policy in relation to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.
• Reviews of our recruitment and payroll systems to ensure recruitment practices remain legally compliant.
• Reviews with our direct suppliers to understand the level of communication and personal contact with the next link in the supply chain and their understanding of, and compliance with, our expectations.
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 relevant members of staff.
All Directors have been briefed on the subject and this statement has been approved by the Company’s board of directors who will review and update it annually.