Modern slavery encompasses slavery, forced and compulsory labour, and human trafficking whereby individuals are deprived of their freedom and are exploited for commercial or personal gain. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 sets out the relevant criminal offences applicable to everyone.
This statement sets out Cloudhouse Technologies Ltd.’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains.
We recognise that we have a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking. Our organisation is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
We take a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and act with integrity in all dealings, relationships, and supply chains. We expect the same high standards from all staff, suppliers, contractors, and those with whom we do business. The company’s Modern Slavery standards apply to all employees, workers, consultants, and other persons doing business with us including all its wholly owned companies, contractors, and suppliers.
Organisational structure and supply chains
Cloudhouse Technologies Ltd is a technology and service provider to companies around the world.
Our supply chains include cloud-hosting, software and hardware providers, IT services, consultants, training providers, and accountancy companies. We have reviewed the risks that these supply chains can present and whilst we consider our exposure to modern slavery to be low, we expect our suppliers and contractors to demonstrate a zero-tolerance approach to exploitation.
Relevant policies and expectations
We operate the following policies and expectations that support our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations.
- – Whistleblowing policy – we encourage all our workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, our organisation. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. Our whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation.
- – Employee code of conduct – our code makes clear to employees the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing our organisation.
- – Supplier/Procurement conduct – we are committed to ensuring that our suppliers adhere to the highest standards of ethics. Should any suppliers not adhere to these standards, they will be expected to rectify the issue(s), otherwise the relationship will be ended.
- – Recruitment/Agency workers – we use only specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour and always verify the practices of any new agency we are using before accepting workers from that agency.
We undertake due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly review our existing suppliers.
We consider the risks of modern slavery when reviewing the engagement of new suppliers. Management review supplier’s Modern Slavery Statements or where none are publicly available, we request these directly from the supplier we deem to be high risk.
An annual quality review is made of all suppliers and actions taken when a risk is identified or changed.
We have raised awareness of modern slavery issues by placing this statement on our internal employee portal. Materials produced by the Home Office that provide information about modern slavery have also been placed on the employee portal and each employee has been required to read them as part of their personal education.
Employees are encouraged to ask questions, request further educational opportunities or suggest enhancements to our internal policies to improve any aspects of our professional standards of conduct. `