As an organisation that helps our customers create a safer, more sustainable world, Alcumus is continuously taking steps to combat modern slavery and human trafficking and are committed to meeting our obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This statement applies to all companies within the Alcumus 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 for a wide range of industry sectors and are predominately UK focused and with operations in North America. We operate and have offices throughout the United Kingdom, with our head office in Cardiff, and offices in North America and Lebanon, ensuring that our teams comply with relevant legislation and monitor their supply chains accordingly. We employ more than 750 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 SafeWorkforce Limited
Alcumus ISOQAR Limited
Alcumus SafeContractor Limited
Alcumus ContractorCheck Inc. (Canadian registered company)
Cognibox Inc. (Canadian registered company)
Alcumus offers a solution for clients to manage and mitigate any risk of modern slavery in their supply chain, through our supply chain compliance solutions. You can read more about this in our Modern Slavery whitepaper.
Our Supply Chain
We have a global supply chain, primarily UK-based, which also includes a smaller number of suppliers from North America. It includes larger technology providers as well as third-party associates and consultants, SMEs, and local businesses that have the requisite technical skills and qualifications to help us deliver our services. One of our legal entities also operates a partner network that is predominantly based in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and the USA. 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 the 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, child 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 are 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 closely with our suppliers to ensure that they are aware of and compliant with these.
In 2021, we established a partnership with the UK-based anti-slavery charity, Unseen. This collaboration has helped increase awareness of the importance of business accreditation and technology to demonstrate compliance to regulations, which actively supports the charity’s ongoing vision of working towards a world without modern slavery. You can read more about our partnership on our website and here.
Due Diligence and Training
We have procedures to establish, assess and monitor areas of the 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 track our compliance with modern slavery obligations as part of our wider internal sustainability programme.
This statement has been approved by the Dragon UK Holdco 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