This statement is made on behalf of Protocol Internet Technology Limited t/a Hosting Ireland pursuant to section 54(1) of the (UK) Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the "Act") and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement.
Hosting Ireland is registered in Ireland, is part of the Register group and has offices in Waterford. We have approximately 11 people in our office. We are an Internet Service Provider for the private sector.
Although the likelihood of an incidence of modern slavery in our business or our supply chains is low, we work to the highest ethical and professional standards and value transparency and accountability in all our dealings. We have a zero-tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking and expect the same high standards from those we work with.
We have put in place a Modern Slavery Policy which is supported by other internal policies and HR processes such as our Whistleblowing Policy and Disciplinary Rules and Procedure.
The Directors are ultimately responsible for compliance internally and in our supplier relationships.
Supplier Due Diligence
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
In 2019 we aimed to expand our Compliance programme to include due diligence checks on all existing suppliers and adding steps to our supplier on-boarding procedure(s). These checks were designed to include identifying those in our supply chain that adhered to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 by providing its customers with a statement of compliance.
As we start 2020, we have a New Supplier Management Policy with supporting templates and procedures to meet our continuing efforts to ensure no supplier we work with falls short of our expected standards. Our new Policy outlines roles and responsibilities of those involved in Supplier Due Diligence and provides guidance on what good looks like for our business and the community that supports it. Our new centralised log captures various supplier details for regulatory and legislative compliance, including if our business partners maintain a statement of their own. Our log will continually be developed during 2020 as we systematically review existing trading relationships, building on the work started in previous years. We will continue to ensure any new relationships engaged complete the required new due diligence levels we have introduced, meeting the high standards we hold ourselves to.
Any supplier that should adhere to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 but falls short of evidencing the requirements of the Act will be reviewed on a per case basis. Where compliance to the Act cannot be verified through our due diligence checks, and the supplier has advised a statement will not be made available, a new supplier(s) will be identified.