MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
This statement applies to JML Software Solutions Ltd (referred to in this statement as ‘the Organisation’). The information included in the statement refers to the financial year ended 31st October 2023.
B) ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE
The Organisation is controlled by a Board of Directors, all of whom are based in the UK. All staff are UK based and there is one centralised UK office. The majority of staff are office-based, but with the flexibility to work from home. A small number of staff are home-based and only visit the office on an adhoc basis.
The main activity carried out by the Organisation is the development of software and provision of ancillary hardware together with associated training and implementation consultancy.
The labour supplied to the Organisation in pursuance of its operation is carried out wholly within the UK, covering all regions.
The Organisation considers that modern slavery encompasses:
· Human trafficking;
· Forced work, through mental or physical threat;
· Being owned or controlled by an employer through mental or physical abuse of the threat of abuse;
· Being dehumanised, treated as a commodity or being bought or sold as property;
· Being physically constrained or to have restriction placed on freedom of movement.
The Organisation acknowledges its responsibilities in relation to tackling modern slavery and commits to complying with the provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Organisation understands that this requires an ongoing review of both its internal practices in relation to its labour force and, additionally, its supply chains.
The Organisation does not enter into business with any other organisation, in the United Kingdom or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to involve itself in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.
No labour provided to the Organisation in the pursuance of the provision of its own services is obtained by means of slavery or human trafficking. The Organisation strictly adheres to, and in many cases exceeds, the minimum standards required in relation to its responsibilities under relevant employment legislation in the UK.
E) SUPPLY CHAINS
In order to fulfil its activities, the Organisation’smain supply chains include those related to the supply of ancillary hardware from various suppliers in the UK. We understand that some of the Organisation’s first-tier suppliers are intermediary traders and therefore have further contractual relationships with lower-tier suppliers.
F) POTENTIAL EXPOSURE
In general, the Organisation considers its exposure to slavery/human trafficking to be relatively limited due to the short supply chain, country of manufacture and nature of production process. Nonetheless, it has taken steps to ensure that such practices do not take place in its business nor the business of any organisation that supplies goods and/or services to it.
The Organisation has not, to its knowledge, conducted any business with another organisation which has been found to have involved itself with modern slavery.
Due to the low risk assessed, the Organisation has not taken any further steps to ensure modern slavery is not taking place within its supply chain.
TheOrganisation provides online training to staff to effectively implement its stance on modern slavery. This is carried out on induction and annually thereafter.
I) SLAVERY COMPLIANCE OFFICER
The Organisation has a Slavery Compliance Officer, to whom all concerns regarding modern slavery should be addressed, and who will then undertake relevant action with regard to the Organisations obligations in this regard.
This statement is made in pursuance of Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and will be reviewed for each financial year.
Date of approval 24th November 2023
Diane Finn, Finance & Operations Director