Modern slavery and human trafficking statement
- Modern slavery, as defined in the Modern Slavery Act 2015, is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
- Utopi recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking. This statement sets out the company’s actions and commitment to understanding potential Modern Slavery risks related to its activities and to minimise the risk of slavery and human trafficking in its supply chains.
- Utopi has a zero tolerance policy in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking. We are committed to conducting all business dealings and relationships in an ethical and transparent manner, and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and checks to ensure the company is not contributing to modern slavery in any way.
- This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps the company has taken and will take in relation to slavery and human trafficking.
- Utopi is a limited company, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC 626120. Utopi is an IoT Smart Building Integrator and Managed Service Provider. Our highly skilled people, automated processes and leading-edge technology enable us to reduce operational costs, enhance safety, security and compliance whilst delivering industry leading user experience for our clients and their end users. One of our central concerns is climate change and decarbonising the built environment through the application of sustainable energy solutions in line with our commitment to achieving a net zero economy.
- The company’s values capture our ethos: who we are, what we believe in and what we stand for. Our values set out how we conduct ourselves, how we expect to be treated and how we engage with our partners. In delivering our service model, and how we act and make decisions, we are guided by these values:
Integrity First: We deliver all projects with integrity and respect at the forefront.
Do the Right Thing: We are invested in the success of our client’s project, ensuring certainty of project success.
Stronger Together: We work collaboratively with clients to ensure the best results on each individual project.
Challenge the Norm: We use our resource experience, innovation and intelligence cleverly to drive our delivery approach for our clients.
A Better World: We are respectful and responsible for the work we deliver for our clients, aware of the impact it can have on the wider world.
Statement & Commitment
- Utopi is committed to ensuring that modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of its operation within the company, its supply chain and in our customers operations. We are committed to protecting and respecting human rights across the company’s activities, and will take all reasonable and appropriate steps to influence others to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place, where it may be possible to do so.
- Our Company Policies outline our commitment to workplace rights for employees of the company and we promote an environment that does not condone unacceptable behaviours. Our Induction checklist directs new staff members to our modern slavery statement to raise awareness of our commitment. A Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblowing) policy is in place to enable staff to report improper conduct or unethical behaviour within our company, our supply chains and our customers operations.
- The company’s Procurement Strategy outlines our principles and approach to ensuring ethical procurement, such as our Sustainable Procurement Strategy, fairly and ethically produced products and fair working practices including promoting payment of the Scottish real Living Wage.
Supply Chain Expenditure
- Utopi is a young and growing SME with and minimal chains outside the United Kingdom. However, 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.
- 11. Where relevant, suppliers are asked to sign up to the APUC supply chain code of conduct, which specifies that suppliers shall not use forced, involuntary or underage labour. Suppliers are encouraged to provide details of measures they take in relation to modern slavery in their supply chain when responding to tenders from UTOPI.
Identifying and Mitigating Potential Risk in Our Supply Chains
- The risk of Modern Slavery in the company’s direct and local activities is considered to be low. We recognise the potential risks linked to the supply chain of goods and services we may buy across the world. A large portion of these goods are bought through collaborative contracts, and we work with the relevant bodies to ensure anti-corruption activities are addressed during their procurement processes as well as in our own.
- Every procurement process conducted by the company requires tenderers to disclose whether the bidder or any member of their organisation with decision-making powers has been convicted in the last five years of any offence under Part 1 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015, or under any provision referred to in the Schedule to that Act. Tenderers that confirm such a conviction will be excluded from the process unless they can successfully demonstrate that they have self-cleansed.
Training & Awareness
- Awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking is embedded into the induction process that all our staff go through when staring at Utopi.
Chief Operating Officer, Utopi