Modern Slavery Act

Modern slavery and human trafficking statement

Introduction

ABAX is committed to driving out acts of modern day slavery and human trafficking within its business and that from within its supply chains, including sub-contractors and partners. 

This statement sets out the Company’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business. 

Organisation structure

  • At ABAX employees are divided between sales, customer care, marketing, support, administration, quality and development. Our markets are primarily focused on the Nordic regions, the UK and the rest of Europe. The ABAX head office is located in Larvik, Norway
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  • Key statements
  • The Company acknowledges responsibility to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
  • The Company recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking.
  • The Company is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
  • The Company will ensure transparency within the organisation and with suppliers of goods and services to the organisation, i.e. the supply chain within ABAX.
  • As part of the Company’s due diligence processes, the supplier approval process incorporates a review of the controls undertaken by the supplier, particularly in situations where goods are imported from sources outside the UK and EU which are recognised as potentially being more at risk for slavery/human trafficking issues. 
  • The Company considers its current level of operations as a manageable risk.
  • The Company Directors and Senior Management take responsibility for implementing this statement and its objectives

Company Employees

  • Our employees are all provided with a written contract of employment and undertake training in relation to our ethical code and standards. 
  • Each employee has a personal responsibility to read the Code as well as to ensure that they fully understand our obligations and the consequences associated with any breach of those obligations.
  • Adequate resources will be provided (including training as necessary) and investment to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within the Company nor within its supply chain.
  • The Company encourages all its workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, the organisation. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking.
  • The Company’s code makes clear to employees the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing the organisation. The organisation strives to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating abroad and managing its supply chain.

Suppliers and Procurement

  • The Company is committed to ensuring that its suppliers adhere to the highest standards of ethics.
  • Suppliers are required to demonstrate that they provide safe working conditions where necessary, treat workers with dignity and respect, and act ethically and within the law in their use of labour.
  • The Company works with suppliers to ensure that they meet the standards of the code and improve their worker's working conditions.
  • Serious violations will lead to the termination of the business relationship.

Recruitment/Agency workers

  • The organisation uses only specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour and always verifies the practices of any new agency it is using before accepting workers from that agency.

Due diligence

This policy statement takes into account and supports the policies, procedures and requirements documented by our Quality Management systems.

Approval

This statement has been approved by the Company’s Managing Director who will review and update it annually.