1. POLICY STATEMENT
1.1 This statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, it applies to our financial year ended 31st December 2018 and sets out the steps that AKF (UK) has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
1.2 Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. AKF (UK) has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within our organisation or our supply chain.
2. OUR ORGANISATION
2.1 AKDN is a group of private development agencies working to empower communities and individuals, often in disadvantaged circumstances, to improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in Central and South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The Network’s agencies work for the common good of all citizens, regardless of their gender, origin or religion and its underlying impulse is the ethic of compassion for the vulnerable in society.
2.2 It is AKDN policy to ensure that no individual associated with the Network in any capacity (employees, volunteers, governance or external service providers) is subjected to any practices that infringe upon human dignity and that AKDN activities are conducted in accordance with the highest standards of honesty, integrity and professionalism.
2.3 AKF (UK) is a service unit to AKDN, focussing on securing financial resources for the Network’s programmes, brokering investments in its regions of concern, positively influencing internal and external development policies, and forging strategic alliances.
2.4 AKF (UK) is a non-denominational, non-profit, charitable organisation (registered charity number 266518), governed by a board of trustees.
2.5 The global headquarters of the Aga Khan Foundation are in Geneva, Switzerland.
3. OUR SUPPLY CHAIN
3.1 AKF (UK) works with a number of suppliers, ranging from those providing building services and construction to implementing programmatic partners.
3.2 Our programme work is implemented through local partner organisations, to ensure that we invest and empower the local communities as far as possible. We follow a robust due diligence process when evaluating a future working relationship, as part of this we ensure all our partners are aware of our policies on safeguarding and anti-slavery.
3.3 AKF (UK) takes the selection of its suppliers very seriously. As part of our contract with tendered suppliers and as part of our due diligence process, we require that they confirm to us that:
- They have an anti-slavery policy (and if not, they will abide by AKF (UK)’s)
- (For UK based suppliers) They pay their employees at least the national minimum wage
- (For international suppliers) They pay their employees any prevailing minimum wage applicable within their country of operations
We will terminate the contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light.
4.1 We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
- Anti-slavery Policy: This policy sets out the organisation’s stance on modern slavery and explains where employees can go for help or raise concerns.
- Safeguarding Policy: a global framework document that will provide a common frame of reference for all Aga Khan Foundation unit in order to ensure we are safeguarding beneficiaries, staff and volunteers and the organisation.
- Recruitment Policy: We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK and background employment checks.
- Whistleblowing policy: We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
- Code of Business Conduct: This Code explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees, volunteers and suppliers to act.
5. OUR CONTINUED COMMITMENT
5.1 We are committed to continuing our work to review and monitor our policies, procedures, agreements and training, and in doing all that we can to make sure that contributing to modern slavery has no place in AKF (UK).
5.2 We will continue to review, update and invest in policies, training and procedures what will promote knowledge as to the dangers of human trafficking and modern slavery.
5.3 We will continue to review and enhance our due diligence process for our suppliers and partners.
5.4 We will continue to review our existing supply chains to identify risks of human trafficking or slavery
5.6 We are committed to continuing our work in implementing our enhanced safeguarding standards at AKF (UK).
6. APPROVAL FOR THIS STATEMENT
6.1 This statement was approved by the CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation (UK).
Name: Dr. Matt T. Reed
Date: 2nd October 2019