This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Datalec Precision Installations (DPI) modern slavery and human trafficking statement for February 2022.
We are committed to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and integrity and expect our suppliers to uphold the same values. We are committed to being a responsible business and to upholding high ethical standards in all our operations around the world and will not tolerate acts of modern slavery and human trafficking occurring within our business and supply chain.
Structure of organisation
Datalec Power Installations is a wholly owned private limited company. Trading as Datalec Precision Installations Ltd (DPI) we undertake design, supply installation and commissioning of critical infrastructure in and around the whitespace primarily for the data centre sector. A substantial amount of business has been executed on mainland Europe necessitating a corporate structure made up of wholly and majority owned limited entities.
Our Operations and Suppliers
In order to carry out our business, we work with a range of third party suppliers and require that all parties performing services for or on behalf of a DPI company, including but not limited to agents, brokers, joint venture partners, partners, distributors, consultants, suppliers, subcontractors, service providers and any other representatives of DPI (hereinafter collectively referred to as Third Parties) shall adhere to the rules contained in our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking policy or demonstrate to us that they have equivalent standards in their own modern slavery and human trafficking policies and procedures.
As part of our commitment to combating modern slavery we have implemented, and are continuously reviewing, the following policies:
- Modern Slavery Policy
- Recruitment Policy
- Dignity at Work Policy
- Whistleblowing Policy
- Anti-Corruption Policy
- Equality and Diversity Policy
- Corporate Social Responsibility Policy
We also foster longer term relationships with key suppliers who are equally committed to our codes of business practices.
Risk and Due Diligence
Our policies and procedures are designed to monitor potential risk areas in our business and supply chains and thereby reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring.
As part of these procedures, we carry out due diligence in order to ensure that our suppliers meet their regulatory requirements of the Modern Slavery Act. This includes but is not limited to, ensuring Modern Slavery Statements are published on company websites where appropriate.
As an international company, we aim to:
- Ensure full compliance with all laws and regulations by all of its Third Parties, subsidiaries and employees;
- Advise employees and where appropriate, Third Parties, so that they can recognise the signs of modern slavery; and
- Encourage employees to be vigilant and to report any suspicion of modern slavery or human trafficking by providing them with suitable channels of communication and ensuring sensitive information is treated appropriately.
With regards to whistleblowing and speaking up against instances of modern slavery or human trafficking:
- All DPI employees must report immediately to the Directors any suspicion they have that acts of modern slavery or human trafficking are occurring, however insignificant or trivial it may appear and whether it involves other DPI employees or Third Parties.
- We strictly prohibit victimisation against anyone for raising or helping to address suspected acts or concerns about modern slavery or human trafficking. Anyone found guilty of victimisation will face disciplinary action. We are committed to ensure that anyone who raises a concern in good faith suffers no detriment as a result.
- Where staff or Third Parties have concerns around issues of forced labour, human rights,
recruitment practices or exploitation, they are encouraged and expected to report concerns to the Directors.
Our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking is communicated to all employees. We shall not hesitate to take legal, and/or disciplinary action against those who act in breach of our policy. This means:
- We will not conduct business with any Third Parties whom we have grounds to suspect are involved in modern slavery or human trafficking; and
- Any employees who deliberately disregard the procedures and guidelines in our policy will face disciplinary action.
We use key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure how successful we have been in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains. These are as follows:
- Vetting procedures for suppliers – all key suppliers have undergone relevant vetting
- Whistleblowing – the number of reported breaches in the previous year is tracked and analysed.
We continually invest in educating our employees to be risk aware. We are committed to promoting and maximising awareness of modern slavery risks across our organisation, and an online induction toolbox talk, including our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy is available to all staff regardless of their role.
Following an annual review of our actions, which is aimed at helping prevent slavery or human trafficking from occurring in our business or supply chains, we plan on introducing the following additional measures:
- Introduce more specific face-to-face training for those of our employees who have responsibilities in relation to engaging the firm’s suppliers. Our aim is to continue to raise awareness of the issues and increase informed scrutiny.
- Enhance our due diligence on our suppliers by adding further relevant questions where we consider that the risk profile merits a higher level of due diligence.
Steve Scott CEO