UK MODERN SLAVERY ACT STATEMENT
UK Modern Slavery Act Statement – 2021
Encompassing financial year January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021
CEVA Group Plc (and all its operating subsidiaries, referred to herein as “CEVA” and/or “The
Company”) is committed to respecting and valuing human rights on a global scale. Operating
ethically and respecting employees, customers, and stakeholders are fundamental core values at
the heart of CEVA’s corporate culture.
On October 29th, 2015, the United Kingdom Modern Slavery Act (“Act”) came into effect, putting a
new focus on preventing slavery and human trafficking, Pursuant to the Act’s provisions, the
following statement presents the analysis and steps CEVA has taken to prevent, detect, and
remediate human trafficking and modern slavery it its global business.
Countries of Operation and Supply
CEVA is a leading global logistics company and its’ United Kingdom arm, consisting of CEVA
Group Plc, CEVA Logistics Limited, and CEVA Freight (UK) Limited, operate in all countries of the
United Kingdom, offering integrated, end-to-end logistics solutions to deal with the complexities of
today’s supply chains.
Organizational Structure and Supply Chains
Through CEVA’s lean culture and Operational Excellence, the Company addresses increased
demand for operational efficiency and flexibility. CEVA’s ability to structure operations around
customers’ KPIs and robust industry experience helps the Company to stay focused on specific
logistics needs, deliver value-added service, and run its business in an environmentally conscious
way. This Modern Slavery Statement applies to the activities of CEVA Group Plc and its affiliates.
CEVA Policies and Supply Chain Relationships
CEVA continually strives to clearly communicate its human rights policies and expectations to its
customers, third party suppliers, and agents. As a global logistics company, CEVA does not
inherently produce or manufacture products. In providing logistics services, it is imperative to
ensure employees and third parties are alert to the relevant human trafficking legislation, and
aware of CEVA’s internal policies that promote human rights and the fight against the proliferation
of human trafficking and modern slavery.
CEVA’s Human Rights Compliance Program (“HRCP”) is a risk-based program, focused on
measures designed to eliminate human trafficking and achieve compliance with CEVA’s Code of
Business Conduct, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, U.S.
Government regulations and the Act.
CEVA’s HRCP communicates ethical business practice expectations and standards to our
employees, customers, and suppliers. These are incorporated into Compliance Covenants, which
are acknowledged by CEVA’s high risk suppliers and agents. Additionally, the CEVA Code of
Business Conduct outlines CEVA’s continued commitment to promoting an ethical corporate
environment and complying with all laws, including those prohibiting human trafficking, slavery,
forced labor, child labor, and unfair wages.
Due Diligence & Auditing
As part of its’ global compliance program, audits and reviews are conducted, including HRCP
requirements, the specific review of risks, associated mitigating measures, and red flags. Further,
CEVA has a dedicated risk-based third-party due diligence program to ensure that high risk third
parties operate in compliance with all applicable laws (including corruption and human trafficking)
and employs a global restricted party screening policy.
Training & Awareness
All CEVA managers and a selected employee population are required to complete an annual
training covering HRCP, including red flags, and reporting potential concerns on human trafficking
and forced labor. Additional human rights training is provided to employees when warranted.
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Risk Assessment and Continued Risk Management
CEVA’s Global Trade Compliance (“GTC’) team supports the Company in identifying and mitigating trade compliance risks. GTC has included human trafficking in its risk profile and diligence process. CEVA has established several reporting mechanisms, such as anonymous reporting, for employees to report human trafficking and forced labor concerns, which are diligently investigated.
CEVA operates the following policies that describe its approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations:
Whistleblowing policy: CEVA encourages all its employees, customers, and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of CEVA. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. CEVA maintains a hotline and web-based reporting system, which allows individuals to report anonymously if desired in local language on any potential compliance concerns including concerns related to labor practices or breach of human rights.
Employee Code of Conduct: CEVA’s Code of Conduct supports the Company’s employees in maintaining the highest standards of conduct and ethical behavior when operating and managing its supply chain.
Recruitment and Selection Policy: CEVA uses only specified, reputable employment agencies to source labor and always verifies the practices of any new agency it is using before accepting workers from that agency. CEVA is committed to preventing the use of slavery in our business and our supply chain and encourage employees to look out for signs of slavery and report to relevant manager immediately, e.g., (a) physical and psychological abuse; (b) restricted movement; (c) poor living conditions; and (d) lack of personal belongings, such as their passport.
CEVA has reviewed its key performance indicators (KPls). As a result, CEVA is:
- requiring all staff, supply chain managers and HR professionals to complete CEVA ‘ s Global Compliance Training comprising a module on modern slavery on an annual basis;
- developing a system for supply chain verification whereby CEVA evaluates potential suppliers before they enter the supply chain; and
- reviewing its existing supply chains whereby CEVA evaluates all existing suppliers.
CEVA does not tolerate any violations of human rights laws by its employees and has established remedial measures contained in the HRCP that include suspension and/or removal of employees found in violation. CEVA will continue to update its policies and procedures as required to ensure that the Company maintains a high level of integrity and respect in its business operations as well as its supply chain.
This statement has been approved by the Board of Directors of CEVA Group plc, CEVA Logistics Limited and CEVA Freight (UK) Limited.