This statement applies to Automation Logic (referred to in this statement as ‘the Organisation’). The information included in the statement refers to the financial year 2018.
The Organisation is a privately-owned company, founded in 2010, controlled by the two founders and a senior leadership team comprising an external Financial Director and a Chief of Staff
The wider leadership team comprises a Head of Service Delivery who supervises the on-site engineers, a Head of Operations who supervises the in-house engineers as well as ensuring the smooth running of the business and a Head of Marketing.
The entire leadership team, their direct reports and the in-house engineers work from The Organisation’s offices in Southwark, London.
The Organisation’s engineers are based on client sites, in teams that vary in size from single employees embedded in client departments to discrete teams formed of 12-15 employees of the Organisation.
Client sites are situation across Central and Greater London, with a smaller number of engineers on projects further afield in the UK (Newcastle). The Organisation no longer services any clients outside of the UK.
The Organisation engages a small number of specialist contractors via their own Personal Services Companies. This helped the Organisation to scale in a low-risk environment in its early years. Over time The Organisation is reducing the number of Personal Services Companies and is focusing on building a permanent workforce.
The Organisation has a training division called The Academy which is also based out of The Organisation’s offices in Southwark. This division comprises a trainer and six graduates at any one time. The Academy runs one to three 12-week training courses per year. The graduates from The Organisation’s Academy go on to become junior engineers and work on client sites.
The Organisation provides strategic and technical consultancy to central government departments and international banks to support their digital / cloud / automation strategy. The Organisation provides services on both a time and materials and a discrete outcome basis with clients, depending on their needs.
The Organisation’s engineers are skilled in DevOps tooling, technologies and methodologies, which is a broad suite of skills enabling them to adapt to differing client technical environments and requirements.
Demand for The Organisation’s services is year-round as client projects often run for one to three years and therefore is not seasonal.
The labour supplied to the Organisation in pursuance of its operation is carried out in London and Newcastle. The Organisation supports flexible working for both billable and non-billable staff, including remote-working where employees may work from their home or other UK locations by arrangement.
The Organisation’s work is wholly carried out in the United Kingdom.
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 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 the minimum standards required in relation to its responsibilities under relevant employment legislation in the United Kingdom, where employees are situated.
In order to fulfil its activities, the main supply chains of the Organisation include those related to 3rd party providers and partners such as Microsoft, HP and Amazon who provide cloud infrastructure products and services to the Organisation.
The Organisation’s supply chain is very short as the product is derived from the technical and consulting expertise of the engineers. The technology environment in which The Engineers operate is constantly evolving, requiring regular training, updating of DevOps / cloud / server automation tools, products and services from 3rd party technology providers and partners.
The Organisation enters into ongoing agreements with providers such as Amazon Web Services to support training and provide the technology bases for its consulting services.
From time to time the Organisation may partner with another consultancy in order to deliver services together. These may be co-branded or one party may provide services under the umbrella of another party (sub-contracting). This arrangement may be at the request of a client for procurement purposes or The Organisation may proactively seek a symbiotic partnership in order to provide a broader range of services to a client. Such arrangements would be on a case-by-case basis.
The Organisation is not affiliated with any trade unions.
The Organisation considers its main exposure to the risk of slavery and human trafficking to exist in relation to
1. its affiliation with partner companies where The Organisation and a partner company are providing services to a client together. This is because The Organisation does not control how the partner company provides its labour. However, it is felt that this exposure is low due to the highly skilled nature of the work.
2. Its office cleaning and other office services suppliers as such jobs are often fulfilled by companies who engage non-UK nationals as workers.
In general, the Organisation considers its exposure to slavery/human trafficking to be relatively limited.
The Organisation has not, to its knowledge, conducted any business with another organisation which has been found to have involved itself with modern slavery.
In accordance with section 54(4) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the Organisation has taken the following steps to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place:
The Organisation is a small business with fewer than 50 staff. As such The Organisation is not required to have a Modern Slavery Statement.
The majority of The Organisation’s contracts are with larger businesses, whose terms The Organisation signs rather than the suppliers signing The Organisation’s terms, so The Organisation is not in a position to add termination powers to supplier contracts. To the extent that such checks are possible, for example with office cleaning and office snacks companies, The Organisation will explore this.
In 2017 The Organisation mandated anti-bribery training and data protection training for all staff. All staff are also BPSS and right-to-work checked.
In 2018 the Organisation will consider making available to staff an online ‘Modern Slavery Awareness’ training module.
The Organisation has previously explored off-shoring certain technical tasks. However, it was felt that The Organisation would not retain sufficient control over the supplier organisations to prevent Modern Slavery or other activities that do not fit with The Organisation’s cultural values and so The Organisation decided against pursuing such arrangements. Should this be considered again in the future, The Organisation will carry out full due-diligence on any potential suppliers to safeguard against Modern Slavery.
Should any evidence of Modern Slavery in suppliers or clients come to The Organisation’s attention The Organisation will take a zero-tolerance approach and will immediately inform the authorities and seek to terminate the relationship with the relevant party.
Key performance indicators
As The Organisation is small, with a small number of suppliers, it has not set key performance indicators to measure its effectiveness in ensuring modern slavery is not taking place in The Organisation or its supply chains. It is expected that the number of such instances will be low.
The Organisation in the process of increasing its portfolio of policies. During 2018 The Organisation anticipates releasing a Corporate Social Responsibility policy, potentially also a Business Ethics policy, Recruitment Policy and other policies that support identifying and eradicating modern slavery.
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 Organisation’s obligations.
This statement is made in pursuance of Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2010 and will be reviewed for each financial year.