Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement: November 2017
1. Introduction from the Board
Synectics is committed to the highest level of ethical standards and sound governance and fully supports the government’s objectives to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking.
This statement is the annual update for the financial year ending 30 November 2017 to Synectics’ approach to addressing slavery and human trafficking.
2. The structure of our organisation
Synectics is a leader in the design, integration, control and management of advanced surveillance technology and networked security systems.
We work across four core sectors:
- Oil & Gas
- Transport & Infrastructure
- High Security & Public Space
Through five global hubs:
Our business is split into two focussed divisions: Systems and Integration & Managed Services (‘IMS’):
Systems provides specialist electronic surveillance systems, based on its own proprietary technology, to global end customers with large-scale highly complex security requirements.
IMS focusses on delivering end-to-end, high integrity security and surveillance solutions, as well as service-led solutions for the management of facilities and security services.
3. Our business
With a consolidated Group turnover of almost £71 million in 2016, from a net asset base of £40 million, we design, deliver and manage integrated security and surveillance systems for the world’s most demanding security environments.
We are a global operation and utilise an international supply chain to ensure a consistent, quality product at appropriate, competitive prices.
4. Our policies on slavery and human trafficking
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business and, insofar as is possible, to requiring our suppliers to have a similar commitment.
We have a number of Group policies and procedures which set out the standards of ethical behaviour we expect in all areas of activity. This suite of governance documents includes specific policies to address business ethics, bribery and corruption, whistleblowing, corporate and social responsibility, and, as committed to in Synectics’ previous Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement, this now includes a policy specifically addressing modern slavery and human trafficking. The governance framework is continually reviewed and amended to ensure that this remains relevant and appropriate.
Synectics’ approach to the issues of modern slavery and human trafficking continues to be:
- Comply with legislation and regulatory requirements
- Make suppliers and service providers aware that we promote the requirements of the legislation and, insofar as is possible, to require our suppliers to have a similar commitment
- Consider modern slavery factors when making procurement decisions
- Develop an awareness of modern slavery issues
In the first year of this policy Synectics has:
- Begun reviewing and redrafting its domestic and international terms and conditions of sale and purchase to include a requirement to confirm that the parties to the contract comply and adhere to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This is expected to be concluded during the 2018 financial year.
- Informally evaluated supplier propositions with appropriate weight given to modern slavery points
- Embedded awareness training as part of staff induction programmes and materials
- Embedded Synectics’ approach to the issues of modern slavery and human trafficking into our governance policies through the establishment of a specific policy based on the principles of this Statement
- Monitored and been alert to any instances of non-compliance in day-to-day supply chain dealings
In the upcoming financial year Synectics will:
- Finalise and roll out amendments to the domestic and international terms and conditions of sale and purchase
- Review those supplier relationships where they are not prepared, or are unable, to confirm their compliance and adherence to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 as part of Synectics’ amended terms and conditions of sale
- Formally evaluate supplier propositions by including consideration of modern slavery points in the supplier selection process
- Continue to assess any instances of non-compliance on a case-by-case basis and tailor remedial action appropriately, specifically by including this as a standing item in our Quality System review meetings
- Continue to ensure that our governance policies appropriately document Synectics’ approach to the issues of modern slavery and human trafficking including a review to ensure that the process of reporting concerns is clear and effective
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide training to relevant members of staff. Synectics’ approach to modern slavery and human trafficking is also included within our induction programme for all new staff. All Directors have been briefed on the subject.
6. Statutory statement
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30 November 2017.
This statement has been approved by our Board of Directors, who will review and update it as necessary on an annual basis.