Modern Slavery Act Transparency statement

Modern Slavery Act Transparency statement

INTRODUCTION
This statement (“Transparency Statement”) is produced in compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“the Act”).

ECS is a leading IT services provider offering services in Cloud Enablement, Customer Experience, Cost Optimisation, Data Management & Analytics, Technology Transformation, Resource Fulfilment, DevOps and Testing. In the financial year ended 31st December 2018, ECS operated in the UK through ECS Europe Limited, ECS Global Limited and ECS Digital Limited (“the ECS Group”).

As part of our ongoing commitment to achieve good industry practice in this area, this Transparency Statement covers the ECS Group. References in this Transparency Statement to “we”, “us” and “our” are therefore to each member of the ECS Group. This Transparency Statement covers the ECS Group companies in respect of their financial years ended 31st December 2018. Our Transparency Statement from 2017 is available here.

ECS COMMITMENTS
We have a zero tolerance approach to any form of forced or bonded labour, including modern slavery and human trafficking (collectively referred to in this Transparency Statement as “forced labour”). We are committed to:

  • ensuring that there is no forced labour within (i) any part of our business or (ii) in our supply chains;
  • reviewing and improving our practices to combat forced labour; and
  • acting ethically and with integrity in all of our business relationships.

EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES
We act responsibly in terms of the recruitment and engagement of our own staff. We undertake a thorough pre employment screening process on all staff relevant to the jurisdiction they will be working in. We will also provide an appropriate level of training to our staff on the risk of forced labour in our business and in our supply chain.

OUR SUPPLY CHAIN
We provide IT services to a number of client organisations (predominantly in the UK but also on a global scale). The supply chain which supports our business activities comprise a relatively wide range of suppliers, including (but not limited to) cleaning services, couriers, IT hardware and software providers, building and maintenance contractors, recruitment agencies, marketing services, legal advisers, training providers, business travel agents and criminal and financial screening agents.

We consider that our supply chain is the main area we are at risk of exposure to forced labour.

We continue to review our procurement process to ensure that (amongst other criteria) suppliers are selected based on their ability to demonstrate that they have appropriate processes in place to tackle forced labour.

We will include provisions in our contracts with suppliers which require commitment to taking steps to eradicate forced labour from supplier businesses and supply chains. We will also have the ability to terminate supplier contracts on immediate notice where suppliers fail to take such steps. We have updated our standard terms and conditions for clients to include provisions which require both ECS and our clients not to engage in any activity, practice or conduct which would constitute an offence under the Act.

RESPONSIBILITY
The boards of directors of the ECS Group companies (“the Boards”) are responsible for implementing this Transparency Statement, which will be internally reviewed at least annually and made available on our website.

Paul Thomson
Group CEO
September 2019