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Modern Slavery Statement
Design Clarity actively supports the abolition of modern slavery practices with a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of modern slavery within our business operations and supply chain.
This policy outlines Design Clarity’s commitment to the detection, prevention, reporting and mitigation of modern slavery risks. Design Clarity respects human rights and ethical resourcing. We are committed to preventing and ending all forms of slavery, child labour and human trafficking within our operations and supply chain.>
Who is Design Clarity?
Design Clarity is a privately owned proprietary limited company, wholly owned by its director and founder.
Design Clarity has two offices; located in Sydney, Australia and in London, United Kingdom, with a team of designers, architects, project managers, visualisers and documenters providing creative architectural design services to our Clients.
Our employees work within Australia and the UK, often collaborating virtually between our locations to provide design services and experiences for a broad range of client sectors including workplace, retail, hospitality, leisure, health, education and residential.
What is Modern Slavery?
The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (The Act) defines modern slavery as including eight types of serious exploitation: trafficking in persons; slavery; servitude; forced marriage; forced labour; debt bondage; deceptive recruiting for labour or services; and the worst forms of child labour. The worst forms of child labour means situations where children are subjected to slavery or similar practices, or engaged in hazardous work.
Scoping for modern slavery risks in the provision of design services
In the specification and sourcing of building materials and finishes for our construction projects, Design Clarity has identified there is a risk it may contribute to modern slavery practices through third party suppliers which focus on minimising production costs.
Design Clarity has also identified a risk that it may be directly linked to modern slavery practices further down the supply chain, including through the labour practices used by raw materials suppliers specified. For example, the supply of raw timber product from certain countries including Papua New Guinea, Peru and Gabon, may be harvested using modern slavery.
Another geographical risk is the outsourcing of labour overseas, representing a high risk of modern slavery where illegally low wages can be paid for documentation and visualisation skills.
How is Design Clarity assessing and addressing modern slavery risks?
Design Clarity is committed to implementing policies and procedures that are designed to ensure that we are doing everything within our power to address all forms of modern slavery risks in our operations and supply chains.
We are committed to taking proactive steps to detect, prevent and report modern slavery risks. Design Clarity resolves to:
- educate our employees, contractors and suppliers to be aware of the risks of modern slavery practices;
- identify and monitor our supply chains, particularly those at the greatest risk of being prone to modern slavery;
- avoid directly or indirectly engaging with contractors or suppliers who may contribute to modern slavery;
- review and improve existing policies and procedures, including Code of Conduct, sourcing policies and grievance mechanisms to better manage risks, reinforce work culture and improve staff morale and wellbeing;
- report and take other appropriate action if any modern slavery practices are discovered in our operations and supply chains; and
- measure the effectiveness of our systems on an ongoing basis, so we can keep refining and improving our policies and processes.
To address the unseen risks deep within our supply chains Design Clarity will:
- request detailed sourcing information from materials suppliers about sub-suppliers, including country of origin;
- engage with key suppliers to understand how they are mitigating modern slavery risks;
- use traceability processes to improve information about the source of products;
- take steps to build supportive, collaborative and transparent relationships with suppliers; and
- avoid outsourcing of any services to third party contractors not employed by our offices.
All services for our clients are completed by our Design Clarity employees.
Compliance and measuring effectiveness
Design Clarity will not accept any form of modern slavery practices and will work to address any risks.
Regular engagement and feedback from our staff is encouraged. You must notify Design Clarity as soon as possible if you believe or suspect that any modern slavery practices may be present within our operations or supply chains.
Our risk assessment processes and response to modern slavery risks will be reviewed regularly by our Directors and updated annually.
This Statement applies to our entity and its operations in both the UK and Australia.
If you require further information about this Modern Slavery Statement or Design Clarity’s assessing and addressing of modern slavery risks, please contact our Sydney office on +61 2 9319 0933.