This statement sets out the ERS Group'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.
The ERS Group, including its associated and subsidiary companies, 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.
The ERS Group is a forward-thinking organisation providing democracy services, from engaging communities to electoral registration, counts and independent scrutiny. It is the umbrella for a group of companies with unrivalled experience in governance, engagement, election and voter registration services. The Group provides a complementary range of services including election services, membership engagement, election management software, governance systems and election supplies.
We work with thousands of organisations in the public and private sectors, from local authorities, political parties and trade unions, to charities, the NHS, membership organisations and professional bodies. The ERS Group is a Civica Group company, employing over 200 people throughout the Group. Our head office is located in London and our subsidiaries - Membership Engagement Services, Xpress Software Solutions, Modern.Gov and Shaw’s - are located in London, Gloucestershire, Hampshire and Kent respectively.
Our supply chains include printing and paper services, IT services, training providers, recruitment consultants, marketing services, and facility providers amongst others. We have reviewed the risks that these supply chains can present.
We expect our suppliers and contractors to demonstrate a zero tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking. Suppliers are required to demonstrate that they act ethically and within the law in their use of labour. Where suppliers are unable to demonstrate this standard, we will look to terminate the business relationship. The Group directors are responsible for compliance in their respective companies/departments and for their supplier relationships.
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:
The ERS Group undertakes due diligence when considering using new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. Where possible, we build long standing relationships with local suppliers and make clear our expectations of business behavior and expect our supplier to undertake due diligence with, if applicable, their suppliers.
We use the following key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure how effective we have been in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains:
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 to raise awareness of modern slavery issues.
Training provided to relevant employees includes:
This statement has been approved by the organisation's board of directors, who will review and update it annually. Our Executive Management team take responsibility for implementing this statement and its objectives. They will ensure adequate resources and investment to ensure slavery and human trafficking isn’t taking place within our organisation or within our supply chains.
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