Anti-slavery and Human Trafficking Policy

  1. Policy statement
    1. Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains.
    2. We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers, other business partners and third parties that we engage with, and as part of our contracting processes, we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, and we expect that our suppliers and those we engage will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
    3. Our employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives, business partners and third parties we engage with must comply with this policy.
  2. Responsibility for the policy
    1. The board of directors has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it.
    2. The compliance manager has primary and day-to-day responsibility for implementing this policy, monitoring its use and effectiveness, dealing with any queries about it, and auditing internal control systems and procedures to ensure they are effective in countering modern slavery.
    3. Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with this policy and are given adequate and regular training on it and the issue of modern slavery in supply chains.
  3. Compliance with the policy
    1. Individuals under our control and third parties we engage with must ensure that they read, understand and comply with this policy.
    2. The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any part of our business or supply chains is the responsibility of all those working for us, under our control or engaged by us. Individuals under our control and third parties we engage with are required to avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this policy.
    3. You must notify our compliance manager as soon as possible if you believe or suspect that a conflict with this policy has occurred, or may occur in the future.
    4. You are encouraged to raise concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any parts of our business or supply chains of any supplier tier at the earliest possible stage.
    5. We aim to encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken. We are committed to ensuring no one suffers any detrimental treatment as a result of reporting in good faith their suspicion that modern slavery of whatever form is or may be taking place in any part of our own business or in any of our supply chains. Detrimental treatment includes threats or other unfavourable treatment connected with raising a concern.
  4. Communication and awareness of this policy
    1. Training on this policy, and on the risk our business faces from modern slavery in its supply chains, forms part of the induction process for all individuals who work for us, and regular training will be provided as necessary.
    2. Our commitment to addressing the issue of modern slavery in our business and supply chains must be communicated to all suppliers, contractors, business partners and third parties we engage with at the outset of our business relationship with them and reinforced as appropriate thereafter.
  5. Breaches of this policy
    1. We may terminate our relationship with other individuals and organisations working on our behalf or engaged by us if they breach this policy.

David Taylor, COO, Bond Digital Health Ltd