Slavery and human trafficking statement 2017/18
Geopolicity Inc. is a public sector economic management consultancy firm, delivering cutting-edge financial management, economic development, research, analytical and program management services that empower governance and growth in developing states.
This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Geopolicity Inc. has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Geopolicity has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
Our Policy on Slavery and human trafficking:
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking are not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.
Organization’s Structure and its Business:
Geopolicity is a home grown United Arab Emirates company with worldwide offices in the Middle East, US, Europe, and British Virgin Islands(Est.2005). The firm has two offices in the UAE. The firm has been involved for almost a decade of providing high level, cutting-edge, client driven, outcome-focused and cost effective services, pitched to the highest international standards. It has more than 2,000 leading associate consultants and 70 full time staff on the ground, many of whom are former senior staff members of government and international finance institutions. Geopolicity’s geographic footprint covers the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Central and Southern Asia. Geopolicty’s practice areas:
Environment & climate;
Public finances; and,
Our work encompasses more than 200 projects involving complex government transformation efforts focused on public financial management, public sector planning and budgeting and change management Government and corporate clients worldwide and across numerous sectors and industries, including governments, multilateral organizations of the ranks of the World Bank, OECD, ADB, EU, UN and DFID, corporate clients and think-tanks.
Our Supply Chains:
Geopolicity operates a supplier policy and maintains a preferred supplier list. We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. This due diligence includes an online search to ensure that particular organization has never been convicted of offenses relating to modern slavery. Our anti-slavery policy forms part of our contract with all suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy. In addition to the above, as part of our contract with suppliers, we require that they confirm to us that:
1. They have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their business.
2. They hold their own suppliers to account over modern slavery.
3. They pay their employees any prevailing minimum wage applicable within their country of operations.
4. We may terminate the contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light.
Due Diligence Processes for Slavery and Human Trafficking
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we issue our group policy to all suppliers. We have reviewed our operating processes to ensure that there are adequate safeguards in place to identify, report and address any suspected instances of slavery or human trafficking. We have in place systems to:
- Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains;
- Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains;
- Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains; and,
- Protect whistle blowers
Supplier Adherence to our Values
We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors comply with our values we have in place a supply chain compliance programme. This consists of:
1. Asking our new partners to sign an agreement, confirming their compliance with the Modern Slavery Act of 2015.
2. Ensuring key suppliers are aware of our anti-slavery and human trafficking stance, including referring them to our modern slavery statement and asking that they adhere to our statement.
3. Carrying out a risk assessment of our suppliers and taking actions where risks are identified.
We have a dedicated compliance team, which consists of representatives from the Human Resources, Finance, and Procurement Management departments.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide training to our staff.
Our Effectiveness in Combating Slavery and Human Trafficking
We are committed to monitor both the internal compliance and the compliance of our suppliers in relation to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. Where any concerns are raised these are reported to our compliance team and remedial plans are put in place.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our company’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30 September 2018.
Dr. Peter J. Middlebrook
Chief Executive Officer
Date: 8th of December, 2017