Modern Slavery Statement
This Modern Slavery Statement is made in accordance with the requirements of Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out the steps that Burnham Global Group companies take to ensure that slavery and human trafficking do not take place within its business or in its supply chain.
Our company and values
Burnham Global is a global company that is committed to helping governments attain lasting peace and security within their borders. We are committed to maintaining the highest level of ethical standards.
Our structure and staff
Burnham Global is registered in the UK and United Arab Emirates; our offices are staffed by professionals. Our employees are typically recruited directly and all are screened before employment to ensure that they uphold our values of honesty and integrity. Upon joining the company, each employee signs a contract that enshrines their obligations to act honestly at all times. This message is reinforced throughout their time with the company. This starts with their induction with the leadership team, who underline how central integrity is to our business, and includes ongoing in-house training on our ethics and obligations.
Supply chain risks
Given the nature of our business, we believe the risk of slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain to be very low. We typically have short supply chains, which means we have good visibility into the way that our suppliers operate. Our suppliers are not allowed to subcontract work without our consent so that we can ensure that this transparency is retained. Some of these suppliers are multinational businesses that have their own policies and procedures in place to eradicate slavery in their own supply chains.
Our offices and staff are largely located in countries where governance standards are good. There are, however, exceptions, and at the outset of any supplier relationship, a risk assessment and vetting process is undertaken. Where we are heavily reliant on a single supplier or where there are low governance standards that might result in a higher risk of slavery or human trafficking within the supply chain, we perform additional checks.
We conduct a review of our higher risk suppliers on an annual basis to determine which of them we are going to target for a more in-depth review. Our review might take many forms, depending on the type of supplier and the nature of the potential risk, but they include site visits, completion of detailed questionnaires, and direct conversations with the supplier representative to clarify any specific concerns. If areas of potential concern are identified, we either formulate a plan with our supplier to remediate them or terminate the relationship.
Compliance with the law
All contracts with our suppliers contain obligations to comply with the law and to behave ethically. This message is reinforced by our staff during their interactions with suppliers, where they explain our ethical and legal requirements.