As an organisation that supports its customers in becoming safer, healthier and stronger, we are taking steps to combat slavery and human trafficking and are committed to meeting our obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This statement applies to all companies within our group of companies. We take a zero-tolerance approach to non-ethical practices, and are committed to acting professionally, fairly and with integrity in all our business dealings and supply chain relationships, wherever we operate, implementing and enforcing effective systems to uphold ethical standards and to combat modern slavery and human trafficking.
We are a provider of risk management and compliance services to a wide range of industry sectors and are predominately UK focussed with a presence in Canada and North America. The ultimate parent company of the Alcumus group is Alcumus Group Limited which has its head office in the United Kingdom. We operate throughout the United Kingdom and have two North American offices based in Canada, these offices comply with relevant modern slavery legislation in Canada and the USA and monitor their supply chains accordingly. We employ more than 650 employees internationally.
Our business provides a number of products and services to a range of customers, ranging from sole traders to multinational companies. Our associated legal entities providing services to our customers include:
Alcumus Holdings Limited
Alcumus PSM Limited
Alcumus ISOQAR Limited
Alcumus Info Exchange Limited
Alcumus Sypol Limited
Alcumus SafeContractor Limited
Banyard Solutions Limited
eCompliance Management Solutions Inc. (Canadian registered company)
Alcumus ContractorCheck Inc. (Canadian registered company)
Our Supply Chain
Our supply chain is primarily UK based and includes larger technology providers as well as third-party associates and consultants, SMEs and local businesses which have the requisite technical skills and qualifications to help us deliver our services. As part of our contracting process, we require all suppliers to adhere to our code of conduct which includes strict compliance with modern slavery legislation.
We are also a Funding Partner of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, established in 2012 to upskill organisations across the built environment supply chain and in associated sectors. Partnership of the School includes free, unlimited access to learning materials, best practice resources and industry events – available to our employees, suppliers and clients – with the prevention of modern slavery being a pivotal topic within the library of best-in-class information. We actively promote use of the School’s learning resources to our employees and suppliers, to ensure they understand how to identify, prevent and address modern slavery, in all its forms.
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery, human trafficking or forced labour in our supply chains or in any part of our business. As part of this commitment, we have the following policies within Alcumus:
Modern Slavery Policy;
Code of Conduct Policy; and
Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy.
These policies reflect our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains. As part of our internal sustainability programme, we are working to improve and strengthen our policies further and work with our suppliers to ensure they are aware of and compliant with these.
More recently, we have established a new partnership with the UK-based anti-slavery charity, Unseen. This collaboration will help to increase awareness of the importance of business accreditation and technology to demonstrate compliance to regulations, which will support the charity’s vision of working towards a world without modern slavery. You can read more about our partnership on our website.
Due Diligence and Training
We have procedures to establish, assess and monitor areas of potential risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our businesses and supply chains. This includes measures to reduce any risks and provide adequate protection for whistle-blowers.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains, we currently have in place processes to educate our employees to recognise the risks of modern slavery in our business and supply chains. We also contractually require our business partners and suppliers to provide training to their employees and supply chain.
We will be tracking our compliance with modern slavery obligations as part of our wider internal sustainability programme.
This statement has been approved by the Alcumus Group Limited Board of Directors and is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Alcumus’ slavery and human trafficking statement for the current financial year in which it is written.
Chief Financial Officer, Alcumus