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Modern slavery act

Policy statement


Introduction

At Kin and Carta plc (each subsidiary is referred to herein as a ‘Specialism’, and together Kin and Carta plc and its Specialisms is referred to herein as the ‘Connective’), we are committed to acting responsibly and ethically in our business conduct.

Slavery, forced labour and human trafficking (‘Modern Slavery’) is a violation of fundamental human rights. It is a global issue and amongst the most widespread crimes in the world. Further, globally children are engaged in work that is dangerous or may cause harm to them mentally, physically, socially or morally, which also interferes with their education depriving them of their childhood and dignity (‘Child Labour’). We believe that every child deserves the rights set out in The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child “ UNCRC”. Therefore, we have a zero tolerance policy toward any form of Modern Slavery or Child Labour.

Our policies and Connective values reinforce our expectation that any concerns be highlighted using the appropriate reporting channels, and management are to act accordingly.

Our Connective values of being deeply connected, instinctively compassionate and always courageous provide a supportive culture through which our people can be accountable for undertaking business responsibly and confidently raise concerns to help prevent Modern Slavery and Child Labour in our supply chains. The Connective’s Speak Up policy for whistleblowing is reviewed periodically and rolled out to each of our Specialisms.


Our business

We are a global consulting firm built for the 2020s, we make the journey to becoming a digital business tangible, sustainable, and profitable.

We offer our clients three distinct sets of digital transformation capabilities - Advise, Create, and Connect - tightly integrated to help businesses ‘Make it Happen.’ The Connective’s ventures arm consists of Edit, Hive, Incite, Loop, and Relish. These businesses benefit operationally from our shared services and other group synergies, while deploying more independent growth strategies to benefit from market-based opportunities.

Headquartered in London, our global team consists of c.1,500 engineers, strategists and creatives. We operate across the United States, United Kingdom, and Argentina serving the healthcare, financial services, B2B, consumer, agriculture and transportation sectors.


Our supply chains

As a consulting firm, most of our Specialisms have relatively straightforward direct supply chains, with the majority of products and services sourced from suppliers based in the European Union or the United States. Many of our direct suppliers have their own extensive supply chains, connecting us with many businesses worldwide.

We are passionate about doing business responsibly and acting ethically in our business conduct. It is necessary that our suppliers share our commitment to human rights and the prevention of Modern Slavery and Child Labour within their enterprise and its supply chains.


Managing risk

We have systems in place to identify and monitor risk areas in our supply chain, mitigate the risk of Modern Slavery and Child Labour occurring in our supply chains, and we commit to protecting whistleblowers who bring victims of Modern Slavery or Child Labour to light and calls out the actions of others that facilitates or conceals these activities.

These systems are:

  • Our supplier selection and retention processes, which are supported by our Supplier Code of Conduct. Our Supplier Code of Conduct is intended to ensure that all our suppliers comply with our mandatory requirements related to their treatment of employees, health, safety and environment, which sets our expectations of how they will conduct business and the standards of ethical behaviour we expect. It inter alia requires their adherence to comply with all applicable local and international laws and regulations, including the Modern Slavery Act in the UK. Our Supplier Code of Conduct assessments ask our suppliers to confirm that they comply with all applicable human rights and equity laws, and laws prohibiting Modern Slavery, and that they adhere to our zero tolerance Modern Slavery policy.
  • Supplier audits are undertaken on key suppliers within the Connective.
  • Suppliers are required to adhere to the Connective’s Code of Ethics and Anti-Corruption and Bribery Policy and the mandatory requirements of our Supplier Code of Conduct.

We will terminate our relationship with clients, suppliers and other business partners when their business conduct is deemed to be a violation of the Modern Slavery Act or Child Labour laws (including but not limited to the Conventions re Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138) and Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182) as set out in International Labour Organisation (“ILO”) Fundamental Conventions.


Our policies

The Connective will not knowingly do business with any organisation or body involved in Modern Slavery or Child Labour. Our commitment to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 is reinforced by the following policies of the Connective:

  • Code of Ethics
  • Anti-Corruption and Bribery Policy
  • Supplier Code of Conduct
  • Whistleblowing Policy (“Speak Up”)

Our people

We have local Human Resource and Employee Experience functions across the Connective to address employee matters and provide formal recruitment processes, which include pre-employment checks. For our UK based businesses, this includes processes to ensure that employees have the right to work in the United Kingdom and compliance with the National Living Wage.

This policy statement concerning slavery and human trafficking is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and was approved by the Board of Kin and Carta plc.

October 2020

J Schwan
Chief Executive Officer, Kin and Carta plc