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Modern Slavery Policy Statement

Slavery did not end with abolition in the 19th century. It remains a global problem and the practice continues today in one form or another in every country in the world. We all have a responsibility to be alert to the risks, however small, that modern slavery may exist within our supply chain.

Purpose

We recognise that slavery and human trafficking remain a major world concern. We are committed to managing our business and supply chain so that it is untainted by either of these offences.

Organisation's Structure and Scope

Printware is part of the Apogee Corporation Limited, an independent specialist in print-related technologies.

This procedure applies to all employees of Apogee Corporation Limited. Apogee Corporation comprises four businesses: Printware, Phoenix Office Supplies, Apogee Corporation (Ireland) Ltd and BAS Burosysteme GMBH.

Apogee Corporation Ltd is an independent specialist in print-related technologies supplying equipment and services to customers in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Jersey and Germany. Apogee Corporation Ltd has its head office in Maidstone in the UK; with operational offices across the UK, Republic of Ireland, Jersey and Germany.

Our Supply Chains

Our supply chains include the sourcing of print and IT hardware, software solutions consumables and service related items. Suppliers are principally related to print and IT technologies and their maintenance.

Definitions

5.1 Human Trafficking: the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitation.

5.2 Forced Labour: all work or service, not voluntarily performed, that is obtained from an individual under the threat of force or penalty.

5.3 Harmful Child Labour: consists of the employment of children that is economically exploitative, or is likely to be hazardous to, or interfere with, the child’s education, or to be harmful to the child’s health, or physical, mental, spiritual, moral, or social development.

Our Policy

Apogee Corporation Limited will not tolerate the use of unlawful child labour or forced labour in the services it provides. It will not accept products or services from Suppliers that employ or utilise child labour or forced labour in any manner. Human trafficking and slavery are crimes under United Kingdom and international law. This Policy is to define how Apogee Corporation Limited will make efforts to eradicate human trafficking and slavery from not only within its organisation but also from its supply chain.

Responsibilities

The Chief Executive Officer has overall responsibility to ensure the principals of this policy and the Modern Slavery Act 2015 legislation are adhered to always during any business activities carried out by the Company, including the procurement of any supplier relationships.

All employees of Apogee Corporation Limited have a duty to report any concerns or suspicions of human trafficking and slavery in any part of the business or its supply chain at the earliest stage possible so appropriate action can be taken. Reports can be made to the employee’s line manager or directly to the Chief Executive Officer. The Company’s Whistleblowing Procedure may also be used.

Our Due Diligence Processes for Slavery and Human Trafficking:

Apogee makes a commitment to undertaking the following due diligence:

  • A review of our supply chain in order to identify areas of greatest risk.
  • An audit of our current suppliers with an ongoing monitoring programme.
  • A review of our procurement procedures and updating of contracts.
  • Updating of our Code of Conduct to ensure our employees are aware of our obligations under the Modern Slavery Act
  • Appointing our Service and Supplies Director as the company representative with day to day responsibility for compliance with our obligations.

We will continue to monitor our supply chain and ensure that we engage with our suppliers on the issues of slavery and human trafficking. We are committed to ensuring that these practices do not exist within our supply chain.

The Company will require suppliers to the business to confirm the following before carrying out any business with them:

  • They will not use forced or compulsory labour, i.e., any work or service that a worker performs involuntarily, under threat of penalty;
  • They will ensure that the overall terms of employment are voluntary;
  • They will comply with the minimum age requirements prescribed by applicable current legislation unless a specific contract contains stricter age requirements;
  • They will ensure its workers are provided with wages and benefits that meet or exceed the legally required minimum;
  • They will abide by the Working Time Directive with regards to working hours and rest breaks

Any employee involved in the engagement and procurement of suppliers to the Company must communicate the principles above at the outset and throughout the business relationship.

The Company may terminate any relationship with business suppliers if they do not comply with the legislation and principles above.

You can read the full Modern Slavery Act 2015 on the UK Government website.

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