This statement sets out the approach of AKT II Limited and its subsidiary businesses (AKT) has taken to date and those we continue to take in compliance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 for the financial year ending 2018.
The aim of this policy statement is to communicate our responsibilities and highlight the risks that modern slavery and trafficking pose to our business, clients and supply chain. AKT II is an international design consultancy primarily focussed on structural engineering. Integrity is one of the core values under which AKT II operates. AKT II is committed to being a responsible business and to upholding high ethical standards in all our operations, including those of our supply chains, no matter where their location around the world.
The Company has a zero tolerance approach to all forms of modern slavery and human trafficking within its business and within its supply chain and is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all its business dealings and relationships.
The Board have overall responsibility for ensuring this Policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations and that all those under our control comply with it. The Legal Director has primary and day-to-day responsibility for implementing this policy, monitoring its use and effectiveness, dealing with any queries about it, and auditing internal control systems and procedures to ensure they are effective in countering modern slavery. In addition, Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with this Policy and are given appropriate training on it and the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking in supply chains.
Our Supply Chain
AKT II is committed to continuously improving its practices to identify and eliminate any slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains, and to acting ethically and with integrity in all its business relationships. We have looked at all our suppliers and assessed the key ones in more detail to ensure that they have appropriate policies in place to minimise the risk of slavery and human trafficking in their business.
AKT II uses a wide range of suppliers who supply goods services and support our operations. We ensure that we expect the same standards from our suppliers that we hold our own business to, which is achieved through monitoring and review. We adopt the following to mitigate the risks further:
- Third Party / Suppliers Policy which sets out internal requirements for buying goods and services;
- Ethical Conduct Policy covering issues of ethics, conduct, and standards to be expected not only of our staff, but our suppliers; and
- Whistleblowing Policy which encourages staff to report concerns including any related to modern slavery/trafficking and child or forced labour.
During the year, we have continued to provide advice and guidance to those teams who have direct responsibility for relevant supply chains and our teams which procure suppliers have participated in further modern slavery training. We also maintain a Modern Slavery Act Guidance document on our Company intranet.
Over the course of the next financial year we will continue to enhance our procedures to help us identify, prevent and mitigate any risks of modern slavery or human trafficking in relation to new and existing suppliers.
This statement has been formally approved by the Board of AKT II Limited and signed on their behalf.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes AKT II’s modern slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.