Modern Slavery Act
Version 1.8 - April 2020
We publish this statement under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This document sets out the stand of Digitalspace to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains.
At Digitalspace, we are committed to ensuring that our business has no involvement in modern slavery or human trafficking. Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labor, and human trafficking. All these forms have a level of deprivation of a person’s freedom to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
Digitalspace will not support or deal with any business knowingly involved in modern slavery or human trafficking.
Our Structure, Business, and Supply Chains
Digitalspace is in the business of providing information technology services and solutions, enabling Enterprises, Associates, and Society to rise. Our Consulting, Enterprise and Communications solutions, platforms and reusable assets connect across several technologies to deliver tangible business value to all our stakeholders.
Digitalspace business is primarily Information Technology services. Its company is very client-centric and focused. Digital Space does not manufacture any significant products. Thus, Digitalspace is entirely into B2B business.
Digitalspace also does not have any specific supplier ecosystem. Any suppliers and partners that engage with Digitalspace are concrete to client requirements. Most of the suppliers are global IT product suppliers. Digitalspace does obtain IT services and IT skilled resources from certain suppliers, but they work with Digitalspace and Digitalspace clients’ teams for developing client required software and IT solutions.
Vital elements put in place to address the issue of modern-day slavery are:
1. Set Policies and Due Diligence
We expect our employees and suppliers to meet the provisions set out by us in our Policy for Code of Ethical Business Conduct and Employment Practices Policy made available to insiders. Our anti-slavery policy is in line with the Employment Practices Policy, which reflects our intention to ensure effective implementation of human integrity and complete eradication of slavery and human trafficking. To ensure complete compliance with these policies, we conduct seminars and training to all associates to increase awareness.
We, at Digitalspace, have an extensive training program for Code of Ethical Business and Conduct, which covers various topics including Modern-day Slavery. This training is one of the prerequisites for every individual employee of Digitalspace. We conduct awareness campaigns throughout the organization for all associates. The Policy is available on the intranet for reference.
All our associates are required to complete training and certify that they have read, understood, and complied with all aspects of the Policy. Reporting Managers are responsible for ensuring that associates who report to them, directly or indirectly, comply with this Policy and complete certification and training required of them.
2. Risk assessment:
To ensure the total prohibition of any instances of slavery, we have regular audits within our organization, conducted by the internal audit team. These audits aim at improving our understanding of where the risks are most significant and prioritizing our activity accordingly.
Digitalspace is a law-abiding organization, and so strictly adheres to and complies with all employment-related laws, including laws related to working hours, wages, welfare, and human rights. All employees associated policies of Digitalspace are transparent and available for viewing to all our employees. We continually update and amend our policies to align it with global best practices and changes in relevant laws.
Digitalspace has a multi-layer reporting structure for each employee and has processes of 360-degree feedback and employee satisfaction surveys. Thus, every employee can give feedback on his or her Reporting Managers, respective department or function, and the organization as a whole. We take feedbacks on an annual basis and we share them with the department and function heads so that they can distribute them disseminated.
Digitalspace conducts several employee benefits and welfare initiatives like health awareness, entertainment, etc. to ensure that employees work in a conducive and exploitation-free environment.
In an above-mentioned manner, Digitalspace ensures that there is no scope for any instance of slavery, servitude, or human trafficking.
3. Awareness and collaboration
We develop internal programs to raise awareness of issues such as slavery, forced or compulsory labor, exploitative practices by labor providers, and human trafficking. We have adequate policies in place to ensure that Digitalspace hires no person that is below the legal age for any work.
4. Building a strong supply chain
We strictly require our suppliers to work in line with the applicable policies, laws, as well as our values. We expect our suppliers to comply with all applicable regulations and legislation relating to working hours, wages, welfare, human rights.
We make our policies such as the Code of Ethical business conduct, which is implemented to lay a foundation for strong corporate governance available to the suppliers.
We expect all our suppliers to work following our ethos and approach with regards to health, safety, environmental, and human resources development objectives. In this regard, we support our suppliers with training and knowledge-sharing as well as regular forums to communicate clear expectations.
5. Corporate governance framework
We operate within an established and externally benchmarked corporate governance framework that is underpinned by our vision and values. An essential function of our organizational governance framework is in identification, management, and mitigation of risks meted out to the associates under our current working environment. Digital Space is dedicated to creating a fair and transparent work environment with mutual respect for all.
Business aside, combatting modern slavery requires that we have improved traceability, increased transparency, and collaboration between statutory
agencies, civil society organizations, and the private sector.
At Digitalspace, we believe that together, we can make an even more significant difference in upholding human rights.