INTRODUCTION FROM THE CEO
This statement sets out Applaud’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.
Applaud Solutions recognises that it has a responsibility under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking and we are absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our corporate activities, and to ensuring that our supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
Covid-19 has caused unprecedented disruption and change on a global scale. The impact of the pandemic has been greatly felt by suppliers and the hundreds of thousands of workers within our extensive supply chains, and we have had to adapt to the challenges it has presented.
Our commitment to our customers and stakeholders is very clear; we will always treat people in our business and supply chain fairly. This means we will continually review and improve our policies, practices, and procedures so that we can fulfil this commitment.
We are a global provider of consumer-grade HR technology for businesses worldwide. Our software and digital solutions are used by more than one million professionals. Headquartered in London, we have teams based around the UK. We also have operations and offices in India. Our supply chains are predominantly based within the USA, UK, and India.
Due to the nature of our services, our business operations are predominantly in the software development and technical arena, in addition to professional services including project management, customer support, service delivery and implementation.
We provide services to a range of private and public sector organisations, such as local and national government, retail, aerospace, oil and gas and professional services.
Our supply chains are relatively simple, and the nature of the goods and services procured provides only limited opportunities for modern slavery and/or human trafficking practices.
We do not act as a producer, manufacturer or retailer of physical goods and we have no supply chain in relation to such activities.
Our supply chains include:
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Anti-slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.
We operate the following policies that describe our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our operations:
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we regularly take steps to:
We have zero tolerance for slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain, partners and contractors comply with our values and ethics we have a dedicated compliance team, which consists of representatives from the following departments:
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking, Applaud has raised awareness of modern slavery issues by circulating information to employees.
The information explained to relevant employees:
We are currently improving our colleague's mandatory training and planning to strengthen our knowledge through these activities.
Within the nature of the business, we have not identified any high-risk Modern Slavery concerns in 2021.
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 December 2021. It was approved by the board on:
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Date: 31st March 2022
Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder
Date: 31st March 2022
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