Modern Slavery Statement
Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the year ending July 2018
A) ORGANISATION This statement applies to Scan Computers (referred to in this statement as ‘the Organisation’). The information included in the statement refers to the financial year ending July 2018.
B) ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE Scan Computers International Ltd (Scan) provides high performance computing solutions, hardware and software to a range of industries and the general public, including bespoke services to meet customer requirements. Based in Bolton and employing approximately 220 staff, Scan’s turnover last year was £131million.
The labour supplied to Scan Computers in pursuance of its operation is carried out with the United Kingdom.
C) DEFINITIONS The Group considers that modern slavery encompasses:
- Human trafficking;
- Forced work, through mental or physical threat;
- Being owned or controlled by an employer through mental or physical abuse of the threat of the abuse;
- Being dehumanised, treated as a commodity or being bought or sold as property;
- Being physically constrained or to have restriction placed on freedom of movement.
D) COMMITMENT Scan Computers acknowledges its responsibilities in relation to tackling modern slavery and commits to complying with the provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Scan Computers understands that this requires an ongoing review of both its internal practices in relation to its labour force and additionally, its supply chains.
Scan Computers does not enter into business with any other organisation, in the United Kingdom or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to involve itself in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.
No labour provided to Scan Computers in the pursuance of the provision of its own services is obtained by means of slavery or human trafficking. The Group strictly adheres to the minimum standards required in relation to its responsibilities under relevant employment legislation in the United Kingdom.
E) SUPPLY CHAINS In order to fulfil its activities, Scan Computers main supply chains include these related to the manufacture and supply of IT components from various suppliers in both the United Kingdom and overseas. However, Scan Computers only purchase from already well established manufacturers who comply to this policy such as Intel or Microsoft. We understand that Scan Computers first-tier suppliers are intermediary traders and therefore have further contractual relationships with lower-tier suppliers within the UK that comply to this policy.
F) POTENTIAL EXPOSURE In general, Scan Computers considers its exposure to slavery/human trafficking to be relatively limited. Nonetheless, it has taken steps to ensure that such practices do not take place in its business nor the business of any organisation that supplies goods and/or services to it.
G) STEPS Scan Computers carries out due diligence processes in relation to ensuring slavery and/or human trafficking does not take place in its organisation or supply chains, including conducting a review of the controls of its suppliers.
Scan Computers has not, to its knowledge, conducted any business with another organisation which has been found to have involved itself with modern slavery.
In accordance with section 54(4) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, Scan Computers has taken the following steps to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place:
- Comply with legislation and regulatory requirements
- Make suppliers and service providers aware that we promote the requirements of this legislation. Scan only partner well established suppliers who also adhere to the requirements
- Consider modern slavery factors when making company decisions including procurement, incentives and recruitment
- Develop awareness of modern slavery issues which is included in all new employee inductions along with the other company policies such as code of conduct, anti-bribery etc.
- Continue to educate and make employees aware of the legislation and requirements
- Encourage suppliers and contractors to understand the requirements and take their own actions
- Ensure suppliers are not awarded contracts if they do not demonstrate their commitment to ensuring slavery and human trafficking are not taking place with their business
This statement is made in pursuance of section 54 (1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and will be reviewed each financial year. It sets out the steps taken, and those which Scan Computers intends to take in the future to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
The statement has been approved by the Directors, who will review and update it on an annual basis.
Chief Executive Officer,