Opening statement from senior management
Integrated Debt Services Limited (Indesser) is committed to preventing acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within its business and supply chain, and imposes the same high standards on its suppliers.
Indesser will not tolerate any failures in its supply chain to meet these standards; they are a prerequisite of doing business with us.
1. Structure of the organisation
Indesser is a joint venture company, owned by TDX Group Limited (TDX) and UK Government.
Indesser offers an effective, intelligent and proven way to responsibly recover debt owed to the public sector.
In order to support our operations and meet our customers’ needs, we work with a range of suppliers.
As part of our commitment to combatting modern slavery, we have implemented a specific Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy (“MSHT Policy”). We also consider several other policies to be relevant to this area, including our Recruitment Policies, Outsourcing Policy and Whistleblowing Policy (all polices referred to in this paragraph are collectively known as the “Policies”).
We also make sure our suppliers are aware of the Policies, and adhere to the same high standards.
The Policies have been developed by specialist staff, approved by our board and implemented through our dedicated internal communications channels.
3. Due diligence
As part of our efforts to monitor and reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring within our supply chains, we have, with the assistance of a third party, utilised due diligence procedures in respect of our business-to-business suppliers and our HR and recruitment activities. These procedures include supplier questionnaires, risk assessments, contractual commitments and the right to conduct audits.
The procedures are designed to;
- Establish and assess areas of potential risk in our business and supply chains
- Monitor potential risk areas in our business and supply chains
- Reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our business and supply chains
- Provide adequate protection for whistle-blowers
4. Risk and Compliance
A third party, on Indesser’s behalf, regularly evaluates the nature and extent of its exposure to the risk of modern slavery occurring in its supply chain by reviewing these activities.
We do not consider that we operate in a high-risk sector because of the nature of our business as a technology and analytics provider.
We ensure all our suppliers adhere to the MSHT Policy. We enforce a strict code of compliance and do not tolerate slavery and human trafficking within our supply chains. For example, if we find evidence of a failure to comply with MSHT Policy, we will immediately seek to terminate our relationship with the relevant supplier.
We invest in educating our staff to recognise the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains. Through our training programmes, employees are encouraged to identify and report any potential breaches of the organisational Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy.
Employees are taught the benefits of stringent measures to tackle slavery and human trafficking, as well as the consequences of failing to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from our business and supply chains.
This statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes –Indesser’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year commencing 01 January 2018 and ending 31 December 2018.
Signed: Rhona Parry
Job title: Chief Executive Officer
Date: 1st July 2019