Unify Enterprise Communications Limited
Modern Slavery Act 2015 – Statement for the financial period ending 31 December 2017
This statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps Unify Enterprise Communications Limited (“Unify”) has taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its supply chain and any part of its business.
This statement is made in respect of the financial period ending 31 December 2017.
Supply Chain Overview
Unify’s supply chain exists to support the sale of telecommunications hardware, software and services by Unify to its customers, as well as the operation of its day to day business operations. To achieve this, Unify procures various hardware and software components and services from suppliers located in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe, Israel, Canada and the United States of America.
Hardware and software components
Unify procures various different hardware components including IT and networking products such as servers, routers, switches, uninterruptable power supplies and telecommunications equipment including handsets and headsets.
In addition, Unify procures various services to support its business including:
- professional services to enable us to gather customer requirements prior to the installation of Unify systems into customer premises;
- project management services to assist with the installation, commissioning and maintenance of Unify systems at customer premises along with project advisory services;
- public network telephony, networking and data services;
- logistics services (for example, couriers and warehousing); and
- facilities services to provide corporate support to Unify.
Supply Chain Controls
Unify has taken the following steps to ensure compliance with the Modern Slavery Act throughout its business and supply chain during the period 1 October 2015 to 31 December 2017:
- A review of Unify’s existing supplier Code of Conduct (which every supplier is required to confirm adherence to when it is accepted as a new supplier to Unify) to ensure Unify’s supply chain is operating in compliance with the Modern Slavery Act. The Code of Conduct defines the basic requirements placed on suppliers of goods and services to Unify and sets out the responsibilities that each supplier must comply with in respect of stakeholders and the environment. In addition, Unify will be seeking to adopt and implement the Code of Conduct belonging to its affiliate company, Atos IT Services UK Limited, within the next 12 month period;
- A review of its existing due diligence process for prospective suppliers including the audit criteria which includes the prevention of modern slavery. This process included carrying out an audit of the supplier’s business to assess the supplier against various criteria to obtain a risk assessment score. Suppliers with a higher score were subject to further audits and more regular scrutiny by Unify during its supplier relationship to ensure that such risks do not develop to negatively affect the supply chain; and
- A review of the existing training carried out within the business to ensure that its supply chain operates in an ethical and compliant manner including training on the prevention of modern slavery to critical departments, such as Procurement and Legal. It is anticipated that further training and information will be cascaded to reach the wider business.
Each of the steps taken above continues to be carried out on an on-going basis.
Unify acknowledges that the controls put in place to manage the risk posed from modern slavery require regular review. As such, Unify will continue to evaluate the effectiveness of these measures to ensure that the risk of modern slavery in the Unify supply chain is mitigated.
Approved by the Board on 5th June 2018 and signed on its behalf by:
Director, Unify Enterprise Communications Limited
7th June 2018