Anti-slavery and human trafficking policy

Anti-slavery and human trafficking policy (revised 16 February 2021)

This policy sets out the steps ANS Group Limited (“ANS”) has taken and will continue to take to ensure slavery and human trafficking does not take place in any part of its business. ANS has a zero tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking and this policy has been produced pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. ANS expects its suppliers and their supply chains to adopt all reasonable and practical steps to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

This policy does not form part of any employee’s contract of employment so may be amended from time to time.

Our organisation
ANS is a leading managed hosting provider offering cloud, dedicated server, cybersecurity and colocation services to a wide range of organisations, from small and medium businesses to international enterprises and the UK’s public sector. With more than two decades’ hosting experience, ANS leverages partnerships with tech leaders including Microsoft, HPE, Intel, Cisco and VMware to provide its clients enterprise-grade technology alongside unrivalled support and extensive industry expertise.

ANS is majority owned by private equity house Inflexion Private Equity Partners LLP,.

Responsibility for this policy
The Board of ANS has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations.

The CEO has day to day responsibility for implementing this policy and monitoring its effectiveness in the prevention of slavery and human trafficking.

ANS encourages all of its employees, consultants, workers and contractors to report any concerns they have about slavery and/or human trafficking affecting the business, even if they turn out to be mistaken.

Our policies

The following internal policies are also in place to monitor and reduce the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business:

* Slavery and human trafficking statement * Whistleblowing Policy;
* Anti-bribery and corruption policy and * Health and safety.

Steps for the prevention of modern slavery

ANS uses the following key performance indicators to measure how effective ANS’s policies are in ensuring slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business:

* Use of suppliers who themselves have in place ethical codes of conduct and often these are of a contractual nature.

* Carrying out due diligence where appropriate on suppliers.

* We regularly review our policies, codes of conduct and our working practices to show commitment.

We consider regularly the level of risk of slavery and human trafficking pose to ANS, its suppliers, contractors and business partners and given the nature of the companies in our supply chain, we consider this risk is very low.

All suppliers, contractors and other business partners will also be made aware of ANS’s zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and will be expected to adopt the same approach.