Montreal Associates (Systems) Limited and its subsidiaries (“MA”) recognises that all businesses have an obligation to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking and will do its utmost to prevent abuse within its business and the supply chains through which it operates.
Slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking (modern slavery) are issues of increasing global concern, affecting all sectors, regions and economies. Modern slavery is fundamentally unacceptable within MA business and supply chains and is an important element in our overall approach to business and human rights.
This statement has been published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act (2015). It sets out the steps taken by MA during the financial year ending 2020 and highlights the steps we take to ensure compliance.
MA is a privately owned recruitment company specialising in qualified, professional, and skilled recruitment in the IT and technology market, employing over 92 people across 3 offices. MA’s head office is located in London with 2 European branches in Barcelona and Frankfurt. This group statement is covering for all MA’s entities:
MA provide recruitment solutions to its clients across the following clusters:
Facts and Figures
MAS is based in the UK, with a head office in London, and offices in Barcelona and Frankfurt
As part of its activity, MA supply chains are limited to the provision of staffing and recruitment solutions. We introduce highly skilled IT professionals in the IT sector to our Clients. We use preferred supplier lists (PSL) which undergo throughout due diligence.
For the support and maintenance of our activity such as IT support, telecommunications, cleaning, etc. we use standard and reputable services companies.
MA is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
Our business has in place the following internal policies in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking:
Our suppliers must go through the preferred supplier selection process and adhere to MA Supplier’s Code of conduct. The latter is currently being updated and the new version will be available by the end of 2021.
Supplier should meet the following requirements:
MA has a strict compliance process and checks are carried for all candidates it supplies. When onboarding new candidates, MA requires several documents which include for instance verifying the identity and the right to work of all candidates and making sure they have a bank account in their business name into which their remuneration is paid. Placements are monitored at all stages and any reluctance to provide key compliance documents is investigated and addressed.
A due diligence process to select suppliers has been created. To be added on the PSL, Suppliers must undertake the following:
Due diligence is undertaken every time a new client is open. MA undertakes the following:
All Employees have access to “Employee rights and benefits” in the handbooks and contracts of employment.
As explained below, all employees are given training on modern slavery and trafficking and this is monitored and documented internally.
MA’s employees have access to various means to voice concerns in total confidentiality, either through local reporting mechanisms or through the whistleblowing procedure.
MA uses the services of PWC as its external auditor.
A combination of the due diligence process, policies and employees means of action, help to identify, assess and monitor potential risks in our business activities and mitigate the risk of modern slavery our supply chains.
This year MA has achieved to:
All staff are expected to comply with all laws and act in accordance with local guidelines and regulations. We are undertaking to launch a compliance program to review our policies and procedures to ensure our colleagues have access to any additional information and support they may require with regard to human trafficking, forced labour, servitude and slavery.
We have strengthened our Learning and Development Team by adding additional resources, so our employees are better trained. MA is reviewing its corporate responsibility strategy as well by offering new platforms for volunteering in the communities. Training on modern slavery and human trafficking will be incorporated into existing training modules and available to all employees.
This statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes MA slavery and human trafficking statement in respect of its 2020 financial year.
Document approved by board of directors on 3rd September 2021