This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (and its subsidiaries) has taken and continues to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. BCS has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery and is committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings. BCS has introduced effective systems and controls to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
BCS is a professional body and charity with a Royal Charter. Our purpose is to Make IT Good for Society.
BCS operates a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
Anti-slavery policy: This policy sets out the organisation’s stance on modern slavery and explains how employees can identify any instances of this and where they can go for help.
Recruitment policy: We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
Whistleblowing policy: We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
Code of conduct: This code explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees, members and suppliers to act.
Supplier Policy: BCS operates a supplier policy and maintains a preferred supplier list. We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. Our Anti-Slavery policy forms part of our contract with all suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operation contradicts this policy.
In addition to the above, as part of our contract with suppliers, we require that they confirm to us that:
- They have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their business
- They hold their own suppliers to account over modern slavery
- (For UK based suppliers) They pay their employees at least the national minimum wage / national living wage (as appropriate)
- (For international suppliers) They pay their employees any prevailing minimum wage applicable within their country of operations
- We may terminate the contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light.
We provide training for our employees so that they understand the signs of modern slavery and what to do if they suspect that it is taking place within our supply chain.
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors on 23 August 2016.
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT