Modern Slavery Policy

MODERN SLAVERY POLICY

JUNE 2023

Introduction

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour, and human trafficking. Utelize Communications Ltd (hereafter referred to as “the Company”) is committed to combating modern slavery and ensuring ethical practices throughout its operations and supply chains.

Policy Statement

The Company has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and is dedicated to acting ethically and with integrity in all its business dealings and relationships. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to prevent modern slavery in our own business and supply chains.

The Company is committed to transparency in its operations and efforts to address modern slavery, in line with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

We expect our contractors, suppliers, and business partners to uphold the same high standards. As part of our contracting processes, we will include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory, or trafficked labour. We expect our suppliers to ensure that their own suppliers meet these high standards.

Scope

This policy applies to all individuals working for the Company or on our behalf, including employees, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives, and business partners.

Responsibility for Implementation

The Company has overall responsibility for ensuring compliance with this policy and with legal and ethical obligations related to modern slavery. Management at all levels are responsible for implementing and enforcing this policy, providing training, and ensuring that their teams understand and comply with the policy.

Compliance and Reporting

All individuals working for or on behalf of the Company have a responsibility to prevent, detect, and report any suspected cases of modern slavery. If anyone believes or suspects a breach of this policy has occurred or may occur, they must notify their line manager or a company director as soon as possible. Concerns can also be reported through our Whistleblowing Policy.

Protection for Whistle-blowers

The Company encourages openness and is committed to supporting individuals who raise genuine concerns under this policy. We will ensure that no one suffers any detrimental treatment as a result of reporting in good faith their suspicion of modern slavery.

Communication and Training

Training on this policy and the risks associated with modern slavery in supply chains will be provided to all individuals during the induction process. Regular updates and reminders will be communicated through established channels within the organisation.

Review and Improvement

This policy will be regularly reviewed and updated as necessary to ensure its ongoing suitability and effectiveness. Suggestions for improvement are encouraged and should be directed to the Managing Director.


Matt Atkinson

Managing Director

Utelize Communications Limited