This statement is issued in accordance with the requirements of Section 54, Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and identifies the steps Ultima Business Solutions Ltd (‘Ultima’) has taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking does not take place within our business and also that of our Suppliers for the financial year ending 31 March 2021.
Ultima is opposed to slavery, trafficking in persons and forced labor in any form. We are committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners.
2. Organisation Structure and Supply Chain
Ultima is a company based wholly in the United Kingdom providing Information Technology infrastructure solutions to corporate businesses within the UK. A small amount of our business is conducted offshore, predominantly (but not limited to) Europe, but this accounts for less than 5% of our revenue. We are headquartered in Reading and employ approximately 350 people.
Our offerings include the supply of hardware, vendor software licences and asset management, hardware maintenance, professional services (engineering, consultancy and project management) and managed services (remote monitoring and management of systems, on-site and remote help desks, third line telephone support).
We use our supply chain to procure hardware for resale to our customers together with vendor software licences; maintenance services; consultancy services; network & communications services and datacentre services. We work with reputable UK distribution channels, but from time to time have a requirement to source offshore. We appreciate there is an increased risk in the latter case and take additional steps to qualify any foreign suppliers before engagement.
We endeavour to appoint suppliers that we can trust, respect and that provide transparency. We require our suppliers to meet our high expectation of standards and business practices. We expect our suppliers to comply with applicable laws and regulations wherever they may operate and in turn to promote and expect similar standards from their own suppliers.
Our policies relating to Slavery and Human Trafficking are implemented and maintained under the control of our HR and Compliance departments.
Within our company the primary stakeholders for driving the policy are:
- The Chief Executive Officer
- The Board
- The Head of HR
- The Head of Legal and Compliance
Responsibilities for ensuring that policies are implemented are defined below:
- The Chief Executive Officer ensures that regular meetings of the stakeholders are held to ensure compliance.
- The Board assess new and potential risks, ensure training is maintained, make changes to policy to meet changing regulatory practices and ensure that there is appropriate communication to staff and suppliers. They are responsible for risk assessments, investigation, due diligence and training as well as for our ongoing compliance with the Act.
- The Board is responsible for developing the appropriate controls and checks for the appointment of new suppliers and that existing suppliers are reviewed annually for continuing compliance with the controls.
- The Head of HR is responsible for providing the prescribed staff training.
- The Head of Legal and Compliance will ensure the Board have an awareness of any changes that may affect Ultima with a view to their implementation and will update the policies accordingly. The Head of Legal and Compliance will also ensure that supplier onboarding is performed in accordance with policy.
- The Chief Executive Officer will ensure that the Key Performance Indicators are achieved and that the policies implemented are effective and appropriate.
4. References to other policies
- Ultima Corporate Compliance Policy
- Ultima Whistleblowing Policy
- Ultima Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Policy
5. Due Diligence Checks on Suppliers
. New Suppliers take on procedure pertinent to Modern Slavery:
- Initial selection of a new supplier that typically has an established operation within the UK and good track record within the industry for service and compliance.
- A Supplier Code of Conduct is issued which addresses the behaviour that we expect our suppliers to adhere to which includes modern slavery. This includes a signed declaration that the supplier will comply with the code.
- Questionnaire issued to suppliers and results reviewed. This includes specific questions regarding Slavery, Human Trafficking and employment of young persons to confirm compliance with the law. Where we perceive there to be an elevated risk, due to the nature of the supply, we will seek additional assurances.
b. Existing Suppliers
- Issue revised questionnaire of major points in new supplier questionnaire including those questions related to Slavery, Human Trafficking and employment of young persons.
- Regular issue of the Supplier Code of Conduct to confirm continued compliance.
6. KPI Overview
- The Chief Executive Officer will be expected to hold regular, minuted meetings of the stakeholders.
- The Board will be measured for the effectiveness of new supplier vetting and their annual review.
- The Head of HR will be measured for the effectiveness of training of all staff.
- The Head of Legal and Compliance will be measured for the update of the appropriate policies.
This statement has been approved by the Executive Board of Ultima.
Chief Executive Officer
Ultima Business Solutions Limited
1st April 2021