Human Rights and Modern Slavery Statement

Introduction  

Slavery and Human Trafficking remains a hidden blight on our global society. We all have a responsibility to be alert to the risks, however small, in our business and in the wider supply chain. 

What is Modern Slavery? 

Modern Slavery can take many forms including trafficking, forced labour, servitude, and slavery of children, women, or men through the use of force, coercion, abuse of vulnerability, deception, or other means for the purpose of exploitation.  

Modern Slavery can happen anywhere and in any situation, there are no typical victims of slavery.   Victims can be men, women, and children of all ages, ethnicities, and nationalities and cut across the population.   

Organisation and Commitment  

Aura is the leading supplier of AV technology, Managed Print, Automated Workflow and Visual Communication solutions into one integrated offering.  

Aura acknowledges its responsibilities in relation to tackling Modern Slavery and commits to complying with the provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Aura understands that this requires an ongoing review of its internal practices in relation to its labour force and supply chains.  

Aura engages with many manufacturers, suppliers, and subcontractors.  We act ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and take reasonable steps to ensure slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in any business or organisation that has any sort of a business relationship with our Company.   

Policies in Relation to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking 

Aura is committed to ensuring that there is no Modern Slavery or Human Trafficking within our selection of our approved Manufacturers, Suppliers and Subcontractors.  

Aura must follow the Code of Conduct when conducting purchasing activity along with our procurement policy.  

Our Procurement activities are aligned to our ESG policies, ensuring, where possible that we work with partners who have a like minded approach to ESG and avoid any that have a basic disregard to Health and Safety, Modern Slavery, Human Rights as examples.   

Auras Whistleblowing Policy details the procedures and principles should any of our employees raise any concerns that they may have in relation to compliance with Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.  

Due Diligence Processes for Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking 

Aura carries out due diligence processes and audits in relation to ensuring slavery and/or human trafficking does not take place in the organisation or within its manufacturers, suppliers, and subcontractors.  

All potential manufacturers, suppliers, and subcontractors must complete a supplier questionnaire to give an overview of the business and provide all policies and certifications.   These are reviewed to ensure: 

  • There are termination clauses in the event that the supplier is, or is suspected to, be involved in Modern Slavery. 
  • Measures in place to identify and assess the potential risks. 
  • Undertaking impact assessments of its services upon potential instances of Modern Slavery. 
  • Creating action plans to address risk to Modern Slavery.  
  • Actions taken to embed a zero-tolerance policy towards Modern Slavery.  

Once manufacturers, suppliers, and subcontractors have completed their assessments they are classified into 4 categories: high, considerable, moderate, and low risk.   

Any company identified as high or considerable risk are required to answer additional questions.  If Modern Slavery concerns are identified, we may require access to complete a site audit.  If remedial actions are identified in an audit, those must be completed prior to any engagement.  

If these concerns are identified as part of ongoing monitoring and assessments, immediate remedial actions will be required.  

If these are not completed within a specified timeframe, the company will be removed from the approved register.  

Risk Assessments and Management 

The majority of the services in Aura’s offering are in highly skilled areas, where the risk of modern slavery is low.  Recruitment through any agencies are subject to the same due diligence and we only work with reputable and known agencies for any temporary staff.  Any new starters whether permanent or temporary will follow our Recruitment and Selection Policy. 

Modern Slavery results and identified risks and remedied actions, taken from any audits both internally and external are fed back through are quarterly management meetings with the Senior Management Team.   

Training 

All employees are required to complete training on Modern Slavery and Whistleblowing on an annual basis through our training platform.  

New employees will receive an induction into the business where our policies, procedures and expectations are outlined. 

It is the expectation of the manufacturers, suppliers and subcontractors to have adequate training in place, and this is requested to be confirmed within the assessments.  

Our effectiveness in combating slavery and human trafficking 

The Company uses the following key performance indicators to measure how effective we have been to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains: 

  • Labour monitoring 
  • Right to work documentation  
  • Payroll audits  

We maintain a level of communication and personal contact with the next link in the supply chain to ensure their understanding of, and compliance with, our expectations. 

We regularly review supply chain policies, codes of conduct and our working practices to show commitment. 

This statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Company’s slavery and human trafficking statement. 

Reporting suspicions of slavery 

Employees can report any suspicions of slavery either through the Company’s Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblowing) policy or externally to the Modern Slavery Helpline. Details are set out below:  

https://modernslavery.co.uk/contact.html or 0800 0121 700

Name Stuart Beere 
Position Chief Financial & Operations Officer 
Signed  
Date 30/05/2024 

This statement is reference I-PO-004, V24.1, and is due for annual review 01/05/2025.