Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement

Introduction

The Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement is a response to Section 54(1), Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and relates to actions and activities for the financial year ending 06 April 2021.

Symposium IT Ltd (‘the Company’, ‘we’, ‘us’ or ‘our’) is committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking violations in its own operations, its supply chain, and its products. We have zero-tolerance towards slavery and require our supply chain to comply with our values. 

Organisational Structure

Symposium IT Ltd has business operations in the United Kingdom.

We operate in the Information Technology sector. The nature of our supply chain is as follows:

We work with a number of key direct suppliers, who provide us with goods, such as equipment for our premises, and services, such as outsource business processes, IT software and marketing services. 

Due Diligence

As part of our efforts to monitor and reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains, we have adopted the following due diligence procedures:

  • Internal supplier audits.
  • External supplier audits.
  • Checking certain suppliers with external third parties for any slavery or human trafficking risks. 

Our due diligence procedures aim to:

  • Identify and action potential risks in our business and supply chains. 
  • Monitor potential risks in our business and supply chains.
  • Reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our business and supply chains.

Risk And Compliance

The Company has evaluated the nature and extent of its exposure to the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in its UK supply chain through:

  • Evaluating the slavery and human trafficking risks of each new supplier.
  • Creating an annual risk profile for key suppliers.
  • Reviewing on a regular basis all aspects of the supply chain based on supply chain mapping.

We do not consider that we operate in a high-risk environment because the majority of our supply chain is based in the UK and in low-risk industries such as internet software and services. 

We do not tolerate slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains. Where there is evidence of failure to comply with our procedures by any of our suppliers, we will require that supplier to remedy the non-compliance.

Effectiveness

The company uses Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure its effectiveness and ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in its business and supply chains. These KPIs are as follows:

  • We will contact suppliers to enquire about their modern slavery practices every 12 months.
  • We will carry out a regular audit of suppliers – 100% of suppliers each year. 

Next Steps

In the next financial year, we intend to take the following steps to tackle slavery and human trafficking by:

  • Symposium IT will introduce new policies and procedures and or organise wider training for internal teams working on modern slavery and human trafficking issues. 

 

This statement was approved by the board of directors. 

Joshua Ashton, Director