Modern Slavery Act 2015: Statement
Devstars Limited is a values-driven organisation and we aspire to meet the highest professional, legal and ethical standards.
As a participant in the United Nations Global Compact, Devstars Limited supports the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights, the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour and the effective abolition of child labour.
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain or in any part of our business.
Beyond our own firm, we take seriously our commitment to assist organisations and grass-roots initiatives that promote human rights and tackle forced-labour and child-labour practices. We provide expertise and support to a wide range of philanthropic, civic and cultural organisations that work on these issues and have partnered closely with non-governmental organisations at both a global and local level through diverse pro bono activities and memberships.
This statement sets out our approach to modern slavery.
Devstars Limited are a UK based company which offers digital consulting services and provides advice to leading private, public and social sector
institutions. We help our clients make significant and lasting improvements to their performance and realize their most important goals.
Given the nature of the services we provide and the professional workforce we employ, we assess the risk of modern slavery or human trafficking in our own organisation to be low.
Our supply chain
Our supply chain comprises primarily services, including professional advisory services, travel services and IT services, as well as office supplies. We have
reviewed our supply chain and believe the overall risk of modern slavery is low owing to:
- The nature of the goods and services which we procure (mostly services,
mostly skilled professions).
- The locations from which we procure them (mostly in developed markets).
- Our procurement practices (for example, we agree to reasonable terms and
ensure timely payment).
Our policies on slavery and human trafficking
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain or in any part of our business. Our internal policies
reflect our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chain.
Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking We have embedded checks for modern slavery in our routine supplier due diligence process and have raised awareness of these issues with colleagues who manage this supplier vetting process.
The due diligence process reflects the relative risk for potential suppliers and includes:
- Checks against global sanctions and enforcement databases (for example,
OFAC, World Bank Debarment List) and subject to adverse media review to
identify risks including human rights abuses, human trafficking and labour
- Plans to embed in our risk assessment an evaluation of modern slavery
based on criteria such as the country of operation and government
response, as assessed by the Global Slavery Index.
- Those potential suppliers identified as medium or high risk are subject to
further vetting and evaluation based on the specific supplier’s
circumstances. This includes higher risk and higher spend suppliers, who
will be asked as part of a questionnaire about their policies and procedures
in place regarding human rights, modern slavery, forced labour, child
labour or human trafficking.
- A Supplier Code of Conduct and related supplier questionnaire which are
being rolled out on a phased basis. As part of our Supplier Code of Conduct,
Devstars Limited requires suppliers to fully comply with the applicable legal
requirements of slavery, forced labour and human trafficking laws
(including the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015) and expects suppliers to enact
practices to ensure compliance with such laws.
Devstars Limited does not tolerate slavery, forced labour or human trafficking in any form and expects its suppliers to adhere to the same standards.
We remain committed to continually improving our practices to ensure that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2023.
Miles Gripton, Director of Devstars Limited. United Kingdom