SYNERLOGIS – SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING STATEMENT
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“the Act”) came into effect on 29th October 2015.
This statement, as required under the Act, sets out the steps SYNERLOGIS plc (“SYNERLOGIS”), is taking to reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place in its supply chains or in any part of its business.
This statement applies to SYNERLOGIS and all German subsidiaries of SYNERLOGIS, regardless of their turnover.
SYNERLOGIS’S STRUCTURE AND ITS BUSINESS
SYNERLOGIS is one of the leading Repair & Refurbishment Providers in Europe, employing more than 30 people and workt with over 1.000.000 products each year. SYNERLOGIS operates a wide range of services including repair & refurbishmentservices, logistics & ecommerce-services.
SYNERLOGIS is part of 4elements group (“4elements”) and is responsible for 4elements’s technical after sales services in and outside Germany.
SYNERLOGIS’S SUPPLY CHAINS AND ITS POLICIES ON SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Principally, SYNERLOGIS expects the highest standards from all of its suppliers and has put in place various measures to reduce the risk of slavery or human trafficking taking place in its supply chains or in any part of its business.
SYNERLOGIS has put in place a new Anti-slavery and Human Trafficking Policy to reflect its commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all its business relationships. This includes implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls in order to minimise the risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place anywhere in its business or its supply chains.
SYNERLOGIS has also revised its Whistleblowing Policy so as to ensure employees are able to raise concerns about malpractice or wrongdoing, including in respect of slavery and human trafficking.
SYNERLOGIS recognises the 2 importance of enabling employees to speak out if they feel a malpractice is taking place.
SYNERLOGIS will continue to monitor both policies, and will update them as required. SYNERLOGIS’s Responsible Procurement Policy and its Code of Conduct for Business Partners form part of SYNERLOGIS’s commitment to 4elements’s strategy for social, economic and environmental performance.
The Code of Conduct for Business Partners defines SYNERLOGIS’s requirements and principles for all business dealings it has with suppliers, consultants, agents and all other providers of goods and services. It includes specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in servitude, whether adults or children. The Responsible Procurement Policy sets out SYNERLOGIS’s expectations of suppliers and their supply chains, focusing particularly on the United Nations Global Compact’s ten principles. In accordance with its own internal governance procedures, SYNERLOGIS has incorporated both the Code of Conduct for Business Partners and the Responsible Procurement Policy into its contracting processes. SYNERLOGIS expects its suppliers to hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
SYNERLOGIS’S EFFECTIVNESS IN COMBATING MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
SYNERLOGIS operates a risk-based approach to assessing suppliers and subcontractors’ conformance with, and performance against, the ten principles within the United Nations Global Compact. Applying a methodology which is based around a suppliers’ country of operation and their category of supply, higher risk suppliers across the whole of the SYNERLOGIS Group have been identified and subjected to (or are currently being subjected to) further assessment. The results of this risk-based assessment procedure will continue to inform and develop SYNERLOGIS’s future risk management plans.
In addition, as part of its initiative to identify and mitigate risks associated with slavery and human trafficking, SYNERLOGIS will continue to advance both its pre contract, and post contract processes and procedures in order to:
- identify and assess potential risk areas in its supply chains;
- mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in its supply chains;
- and monitor potential risk areas in its supply chains.
SYNERLOGIS remains dedicated to strengthening its practices in this area and it will continue to develop further measures, including the training of staff where appropriate, to further reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place within its own business and across its supply chains.
BOARD LEVEL SIGN OFF
SYNERLOGIS has zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking in all its business dealings.
SYNERLOGIS is committed to the prevention of slavery and human trafficking in all its forms and will not tolerate or condone it within any part of its business or supply chains.
This statement is made from the managing director of Synerlogis