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Anti-Slavery Policy

Definitions

We, Us, Our – means Vortech Business Solutions Pty Ltd (ACN 091 134 486) as trustee for the Sankey Delta Trust (ABN 88 033 630 437) trading as Addax Business Solutions (ABN 88 091 134 486) or AOD (ABN 88 091 134 486) or AOD-Cloud (ABN 88 033 630 437) or QuokkaWorks (ABN 88 033 630 437) of Unit 5, 19 Wotan Street, Innaloo, Western Australia 6018 and related entities.

Policy

We are committed to limiting the risk of modern slavery occurring within our own business, our supply chains or through any other business relationship we have with our stake-holders.

This policy applies to all persons working for or on behalf of Vortech Business Solutions Pty Ltd and related companies, in any capacity, including employees, directors, officers, agency workers, contractors, consultants and any other third-party representative.   

We expect all who have, or seek to have, a business relationship with us to familiarise themselves with this policy and to act in a way that is consistent with our Anti-Slavery Policy values.

We will only do business with organisations who fully comply with this policy, or those who are taking verifiable steps towards compliance.

This policy will be used to underpin and inform any statement on slavery and human trafficking that we are required to produce further to the transparency in supply chain requirements of Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA).

What do we mean by Modern Slavery?

Modern slavery can take many forms and is a complex and multi-faceted problem. The Modern Slavery Act (MSA) 2015 covers four key criminal activities:

  • Slavery: where ownership is exercised over an individual
  • Servitude: involves the obligation to provide service imposed by coercion
  • Forced and compulsory labour: all work or service, not voluntarily performed, which is obtained from an individual under the threat of force or penalty
  • Human trafficking: involves arranging or facilitating the travel of another with a view to exploiting them

Other forms of modern slavery, which will not be tolerated but are not specifically referenced in the MSA, include, but are not limited to:

  • Child labour: whilst not always illegal in the jurisdiction in which it takes places, child labour involves the employment of children that is exploitative or is likely to be hazardous to or interfere with a child’s education, health (including mental health), physical well-being or social development.

All forms of modern slavery have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for commercial or personal gain and amount to a violation of an individual’s fundamental human rights.

Tackling modern slavery requires staff to play a part and remain vigilant to the risk in all aspect of the Vortech business and business relationships.  

How we seek to embed the Anti-Slavery Policy in Practice

To underpin the commitments laid out in this policy, we have updated our contractual documentation to incorporate specific prohibition against slavery or servitude, the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, and the use of child labour in line with this policy.

We also expect our contracted suppliers to hold their own suppliers to the same standards and we reserve the right to terminate any contractual arrangement if there is breach of this policy.

Breaches of this Policy

The breach of this policy by an employee or officer of the Company will lead to disciplinary action being taken and serious breaches may be regarded as gross misconduct that can lead to immediate dismissal. Vortech Business Solutions Pty Ltd may also refer the breach to the relevant police body which may lead to criminal investigation.  

All team members will be expected to co-operate to the fullest extent possible in any investigation into suspected breaches of this policy or any related processes or procedures.

If any part of this policy is unclear, clarification should be sought from the our management team.

Policy Changes

We may modify this privacy policy from time to time, and any changes will be published on our websites and within our Policy and Procedure documents. If We determine the changes are material and may impact any stakeholders directly, we will make every effort to inform those stake-holders directly.

Our Partners

  • Quokka Works