Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year April – April
The statement sets down Cyber Security Specialists commitment to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our business activities and the steps we have put in place with the aim of ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our own business and supply chains. We all have a duty to be alert to risks, however small. Staff are expected to report their concerns and management to act upon them.
Organisational structure and supply chains
This statement covers the business activities of Cyber Security Specialists which are as follows:
Based in Manchester UK, we are an independent Cyber Security Consultancy providing specialist, pragmatic and cost-effective Security Consultancy & Managed Security Services.
Our clients range from multi-national Corporate Organizations and Government Agencies, through to smaller Businesses that want to develop effective and proportionate security strategies to protect their business and reduce the risk.
The Company currently operates in the following countries:
- Cyber Security Specialists operate in the UK and Europe.
The following is the process by which the Company assesses whether activities or countries are high risk in relation to modern slavery or human trafficking:
- All potential workers undergo a selection process which rigorously checks the Right to Work in UK.
- All payments made are equivalent to or more than the National Minimum Wage (NMW).
Responsibility for the Company’s anti-slavery initiatives is as follows:
The Directors and HR creates policies and ensures these are distributed across the business. These policies are reviewed annually or when changes are apparent whichever comes first. The process by which policies are developed is looking at best practice and adapting to the needs of the Company.
- Risk assessments:
The Director, in conjunction with HR is responsible for risk assessments in respect of human rights and modern slavery by a process of ensuring all potential workers undergo a selection process which rigorously checks the Right to Work in UK and all payments made are equivalent to or more than the National Minimum Wage (NMW).
- Due diligence:
Directors and HR is responsible for due diligence in relation to known or suspected instances of modern slavery and human trafficking.
- Additional Responsibility taken: Evaluating the modern slavery and human trafficking risks of each new supplier where relevant
- Where and if general risks are identified by the Company, we will conduct relevant supplier audits or assessments which have a degree of focus on slavery and human trafficking.
- Managers/Recruitment are to retain all documentation and evidence that that the relevant policy connected to this statement is adhered to in our recruitment process.
- To ensure a good understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains, the Company requires all Managers to complete training on how to assess the risk of slavery and human trafficking in relation to various aspects of the business, including resources and support available.
- How to identify the signs of slavery and human trafficking.
- What initial steps should be taken if slavery or human trafficking is suspected.
- How to escalate potential slavery or human trafficking issues to the relevant parties within the organisation or how to use the whistleblowing policy
- What steps the organisation should take if suppliers or contractors do not implement anti-slavery policies in high-risk scenarios, including their removal from the organisation’s supply chains.
- Managers are required to complete respective training within the first month of joining the company.
The Company is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our business or our supply chains. This Statement affirms its intention to act ethically in our business relationships.
The following policies set down our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our operations:
- Whistleblowing policy contained within our company Handbook – the Company encourages all its workers, customers, and other business partners to report any concerns related to its direct activities or its supply chains.
- Our Company Handbook sets down the actions and behaviour expected of employees when representing the Company.
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy is contained within the company Handbook detailing how we manage our environmental impacts and how we work responsibly with suppliers and local communities.
Due Diligence Processes for Slavery and Human Trafficking
The Company undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. The Company’s due diligence process includes building long-standing relationships with suppliers and making clear our expectations of business partners and evaluating the modern slavery and human trafficking risks of each new supplier and being prepared to invoking sanctions against suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with an action plan provided by us, including the termination of the business relationship.
The Company uses the following key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure how effective we are in ensuring slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains including requiring all relevant staff to have completed training on modern slavery within the first month of joining the company.
This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement will be regularly reviewed and updated as necessary. The Board of Directors endorses this policy statement and is fully committed to its implementation.