Modern slavery is a crime resulting in an abuse and gross violation of human rights. This statement sets out actions to be taken by Digital Space Company Limited and its subsidiaries (“Digital Space”), to prevent slavery and trafficking in its business activities and supply chains. Digital Space expects its suppliers to respect and follow this statement as a contract.
Digital Space promotes ethical business practices and policies that protect workers from being abused and exploited in its own organisation and in its supply chains.
Ensuring Standards in our Supply Chain
We are unaware of any human trafficking or slavery activities within our supply chain. Digital Space will continue to manage and review its supply chain, going beyond the first tier of supply and ensuring all new and existing contracts, where relevant, are evaluated for compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. If potential risks are identified, we will address these risks with the supplier and, where we are not satisfied on compliance, we will consider terminating our contract. Also, we will not take up new supplier contracts if they do not comply in accordance with our legal obligations.
Digital Space is legally compliant with all relevant employment legislation. We ensure fairness in the hiring and advancement of all employees, both permanent and temporary, without discrimination.
All our Policies apply across Digital Space; our Corporate Social Responsibility, Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunities, Health & Safety and Whistleblowing Policies, demonstrate Digital Space’s commitment to conduct business in a responsible and ethical manner and ensure our employees receive the duty of care they deserve. We expect all suppliers we associate ourselves with to uphold the same standards.
Where relevant, all potential new suppliers are required to provide written confirmation that they are compliant with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. If they are unable to provide a written statement, we will review whether the Supplier is to be invited to enter a contractual relationship with Digital Space.
Training and Awareness
In order to ensure awareness and a high level of understanding of Digital Space’s zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery, dedicated training is available for all employees via our Learning Management System; this ensures colleagues from senior management, auditors and other areas are trained in how to implement our policies and identify forced labour in practice.
We track the number of suspected cases of slavery that are reported through our Whistleblowing procedure and ensure that all of them are investigated at Exec level.
We have made the following improvements since last year:
- Training made available to all employees
- Introduction of KPIs
- Statement signed by a member of the Board
This statement has been signed by the CFO on behalf of the Board of Directors. The statement will be reviewed and updated as appropriate on an annual basis.
Chief Financial Officer