Modern slavery and human trafficking statement

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AIMS Software Ltd is committed to respecting human rights and ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. We act ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships, in line with our core values.

We commit to further improving business practices to combat modern slavery and to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our business or supply chains.

This statement is made in line with legislation in the Republic of Ireland, primarily the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Act 2008, as amended by the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) (Amendment) Act 2013. This is equivalent to section 51(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in the UK. It sets out steps that AIMS Software Ltd (AIMS) has taken and is continuing to take to understand and minimise the potential risk of modern slavery in our business and supply chains.

What is modern slavery?

Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain. It covers a wide range of abuse and exploitation including sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced labour, criminal exploitation and organ harvesting.

Victims of modern slavery can be any age, gender, nationality and ethnicity. They are tricked or threatened into work and may feel unable to leave or report the crime through fear or intimidation. They may not recognise themselves as a victim.

Our commitment to the principles of the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Act 2008 and the Modern Slavery Act 2015

AIMS is committed to the abolition of modern slavery and human trafficking, as outlined in the principles of the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Act 2008 (RoI) and the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (UK). As an equal-opportunities employer, AIMS is committed to creating and ensuring a non-discriminatory and respectful working environment for its staff. We strive to ensure all our staff to feel confident that they can expose wrongdoing without any risk to themselves.

AIMS’ recruitment and people management processes are designed to make sure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the region or regions in which they are hired to work, and to safeguard employees from any abuse or coercion once in our employment. AIMS does not enter into business with any organisation, in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to be involved in slavery, servitude, or forced or compulsory labour.

Our supply chain

Due to the nature of our business, AIMS assesses itself to have a low risk of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains. Our supply chains are streamlined and limited. We procure goods and services from a small and restricted range of suppliers. Our procurement policies include consideration of the risks and prevention of modern slavery.

Embedding the principles

We are committed to embedding a zero tolerance policy towards modern slavery and human trafficking through tangible action. The principles outlined in this statement continue to be embedded in our organisation and work through the following activities:

•            The senior management team regularly provide information to staff on the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Act 2008 (RoI) and Modern Slavery Act 2015 (UK) and inform them of the appropriate action to take if they suspect a case of slavery or human trafficking.

•            Consideration of the risks and prevention of modern slavery are included in AIMS’ policy review process as an employer and procurer of goods and services.

•            AIMS’ procurement strategies and contract terms and conditions include references to modern slavery and human trafficking where appropriate.

•            Staff involved in buying/procurement and the recruitment and deployment of workers receive training on modern slavery and ethical employment practices.

This statement has been approved by the AIMS Board of Directors and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2024

This statement will be reviewed and updated annually. It was last reviewed on 6 June 2023.

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