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Modern Slavery Act 2020 Statement


Modern Slavery Act 2020 Statement

Financial Period – April 1st 2019 to March 31st 2020

Audiotonix is committed to upholding the highest standard with our customers, our employees and the communities in which we live in and serve. A large proportion of our products are used in the entertainment industry bringing enjoyment into people’s lives. We, therefore wish to confirm we have taken the appropriate steps to ensure our products are produced to the highest standards and ethics.

We are wholly committed to having an effective process and controls in place to monitor that our supply chain is free from any form of Modern Slavery.

Modern slavery 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. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to validate modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our direct supply chains.

Supply Chains
Audiotonix is committed to having a robust direct supply chain. An essential pillar is that the supplier is operating within all local and international regulations, a key element of which is that the vendor is free from modern slavery and human trafficking. In addition, the Audiotonix Supplier Code of
Conduct explicitly sets out what is required, regulatory and ethically, to be approved Supplier to Audiotonix. Audiotonix is striving to ensure that our supply chain is compliant with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and confirm that processes are in place to ensure our obligations are met.

Our Responsibility
In keeping with our commitment to act with integrity in all our business dealings, we aim that there is no slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business and try to undertake that this is also true for our supply chains.

In trying to ensure our supply chains are free from slavery the company policy is to visit, on a regular basis, vendors with whom we have direct and indirect relationships in an effort to validate that
• No forced or bonded labour is used
• No child labour is used

In addition, we try to ensure that supplier organisations take their  Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) seriously and that they confirm that
• Workers conditions are safe and hygienic
• No excessive hours are worked
• No discrimination is practised
• Regular employment is provided
• There is no harsh treatment of staff

Due Diligence
In designing a new product, the choice of any material is not just reliant on the technology and cost but also on the supply chain and therefore, our Purchasing and R&D professionals are engaged during the sourcing process. The components used within the manufacture of our products come
from well renowned electronic components manufacturers and are sourced from international electronic component distribution companies. These businesses are compliant with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

For unique engineered material we ensure we employ proven manufacturers who comply with local and international regulations on employment,  including no use of child labour, no bonded labour and no labour in servitude.

Risk Assessment
The programme ensuring that compliance continues within the supply chain is undertaken in a structured manner. The highest risk in our supplier base is in non-European territories and therefore our focus is with these vendors. The approach is to have on site visits to these companies on an annual basis, utilising the Audiotonix Supplier Audit Checklist form which directs the Audiotonix Auditor on the observations that need to be undertaken during the visit. During this period 24 supplier audits were completed covering 66% of all Group purchases by value, unfortunately a number of visits were cancelled in February and March due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Audiotonix also encourages whistleblowing and this forms an essential part of the Audiotonix Supplier Code of Conduct.

If the Auditor finds any issue with the treatment of supplier employees, this will be brought to the attention of the Audiotonix Group Operations Director who will take the appropriate action.

The programme of vendor audits and supplier visits ensures that Audiotonix obligations not only meet the Modern Slavery regulations but also that their employees are treated with the respect we set under our own CSR commitment.

Only experienced Purchasing Professionals are approved to engage with any vendor, while our Audit Teams visiting suppliers to review compliance are drawn from the Audiotonix Operations Team comprising of Purchasing Managers, Quality Managers & Engineers and well as company Directors.

Signed on behalf of Audiotonix Group Limited

Tony Williams

Group Operations Director – 27th June 2020

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