Modern Slavery Act 2015

SD Worx UK Limited is wholly committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities. Our company ethics reflect our commitment to acting 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 chains. This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.

Business Review

SD Worx was acquired by I.V.D. NV on 15 June 2016 and changed its name from Ceridian UK Limited on 22 June 2016. The acquisition  has strengthened SD Worx's market position to become the second largest payroll provider in Europe.

SD Worx offers managed services and modern technology for human resource management including global payroll services, human resources and workforce management. This includes the provision of an array of technology and services to support the basic processes of employing, rewarding and paying people; as well as value adding tools to allow companies to leverage the investments they make in their people by improving productivity, engagement and motivation.

The base products and services range from new employee setup and control, through to employee benefits and payroll. Our added value products and services include talent acquisition and development, workforce management, flexible benefits, and employee assistance programmes.

SD Worx's products and services allow companies to maintain control, reduce risk, comply with legislation, improve people and tax efficiency, reduce costs and deploy their people more efficiently. These technologies and services are increasingly delivered using cloud technology and infrastructure.

We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking and expect all those in our supply chain and contractors to fully comply with our values. The following describes the initiatives that we have adopted to ensure compliance with that slavery and human trafficking does not exist in any part of our business and supply chain.

Anti-Slavery Initiatives

SD Worx's anti-slavery initiatives include the following:

  • Policies: The Legal and Compliance team are responsible for putting in place and reviewing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
  • Risk assessments: Our approved suppliers list is reviewed to ensure the information is up to date. We arrange regular supplier checks via management review meetings to ensure continued compliance with required standards. Where possible we build long standing relationships with suppliers and make clear our expectations of business behaviour.
  • Investigations/due diligence: The Legal and Compliance teams are responsible for investigations and due diligence in relation to known or suspected instances of slavery and human trafficking.
  • Training: The Legal and Compliance Team ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, they provide training to relevant members of staff and ensure all Directors have been briefed on the subject.

Relevant Policies

SD Worx operates the following policies which describes our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations:

  • Whistleblowing policy: SD Worx encourages all its workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of the company. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. Our company's whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures without fear of retaliation.Â
  • Our Code of Ethics: SD Worx’s code of ethics makes clear to employees the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing the company. The company strives to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating and managing its supply chain.
  • Sustainable Procurement Policy: SD Worx is committed to ensuring that its suppliers adhere to the highest standards of ethics.
  • Recruitment policy: SD Worx has our own HR team that manages our recruitment and only use specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour and always verifies the practices of any new agency it is using before accepting workers from that agency.

Due Diligence

SD Worx undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. Our due diligence and reviews include:

  • reviewing the supply chain broadly to assess product or geographical risks of modern slavery and human trafficking (we partner with countries all around the world and as part of this we undertake country checks from a risk basis to establish which counties have the highest risk rating and why).
  • evaluating the modern slavery and human trafficking risks of each new supplier.
  • reviewing on a regular basis all aspects of the supply chain.
  • conducting supplier audits or assessments and creating an annual risk profile for each supplier.
  • if necessary, invoking sanctions against suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with an action plan or seriously violate our company ethics, including the termination of the business relationship.

Performance Indicators

The company has reviewed its key performance indicators (KPIs) in the light of the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Thus, the company:

  • is enhancing our system for our supply chain verification whereby SD Worx evaluates potential suppliers before they enter the supply chain.
  • reviews our existing supply chain annually. 

This statement has been approved by the company's Board of Directors, who will review and update it annually.