SOCIEDAD IBÉRICA DE CONSTRUCCIONES ELÉCTRICAS, S.A. (hereinafter «SICE») is a systems integration technology company that focuses on addressing and solving market requirements. Its primary value is technological know-how and the professional experience of its more than 1500 employees, along with a 100-year experience in the sector.
With offices in more than 30 countries across five continents. SICE has the capacity to work on all stages of a project, from design to operations. Thanks to this know-how, as well as a consolidated group of products and a wide range of services, SICE has become an international benchmark for the development, construction, operations and maintenance of systems in different types of infrastructure.
SICE is a part of SICE TECNOLOGÍA Y SISTEMAS Group, whose headquarters are located in Spain.
According to the International Labour Organisation, approximately 21 million people all over the world are subjected to forced labour. Neither SICE nor any of the Companies that make up SICE TECNOLOGÍA Y SISTEMAS Group tolerate forced labour in their business or in their supply chain.
Likewise, SICE expects that these same values are shared by the members of its supply chain —whether direct suppliers or suppliers who directly or indirectly supply our direct suppliers—.
Accordingly, SICE has the following processes and procedures in place:
- A Code of Conduct that all employees must accept and sign, together with a Human Rights Policy and a Commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This Code of Conduct explicitly states the commitment to not use forced labour or work performed under coercion, and to ensure the work-life balance of all its employees. It equally establishes that it shall avoid hiring suppliers, contractors or external collaborators at risk of developing said practices either directly or indirectly.
- As part of the push for constant improvement within the Corporate Compliance Programme of SICE TECNOLOGÍA Y SISTEMAS Group, to which SICE is a signatory, it is expected that suppliers shall comply with the Code of Conduct for Business Partners, and that they shall lay down similar requirements for their own respective suppliers.
- Owing to a risk-based approach adopted when signing a contract with a supplier, they are required to undergo an approval process wherein the supplier is assessed from a qualitative and quantitative point of view. During this assessment, SICE pays special attention to any indicator of the presence of forced labour.
- Similarly, SICE imposes contractual obligations on suppliers, according to which they must:
- undertake to comply with the Code of Conduct for Business Partners;
- guarantee that their business and, to the best of their knowledge, their own supply chain, does not use forced labour;
- when requested, fill out a self-assessment questionnaire on Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights;
- impose similar obligations on their own suppliers.
- SICE makes available to all employees, suppliers and other third parties, a global whistleblowing channel, encouraging the awareness of this mechanism as well as of whistleblowing procedures, as an additional measure to ensure compliance with the SICE TECNOLOGÍA Y SISTEMAS Group's code of ethics, policies and guidelines, and therefore of SICE; which are essential to ensuring that slavery and people trafficking have no place in our operations and supply chains.
We hereby make this declaration pursuant to the Modern Slavery Act of 2015. Any reference in this declaration to the term “forced labour” refers to any behaviour that constitutes an offence under said Act, including slavery, servitude, any form of forced or compulsory labour, or trafficking for the purposes of exploitation.
In witness whereof, I hereby make this declaration at Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain, this 7th March 2022.