SOCIEDAD IBÉRICA DE CONSTRUCCIONES ELÉCTRICAS, S.A. (hereinafter “SICE”) is a systems integration technology company dedicated to addressing and resolving market needs. Its key value lies in the technological know-how and professional experience of its more than 1,500 employees, along with almost 100 years in the industry.
With a presence in 30 countries across 5 continents, SICE has the capacity to work on all phases of a project, from design to operation. This knowledge, along with a consolidated group of products and a wide range of services has allowed SICE to position itself as an international benchmark for the development, construction, maintenance and operation of systems in different types of infrastructure.
SICE is part of the SICE Tecnología y Sistemas Group, and its ultimate parent company is Actividades de Construcción y Servicios, S.A (ACS Group), which has its head office in Spain.
According to the International Labour Organisation, there are some 21 million people worldwide subjected to forced labour. We do not tolerate forced labour either within our business itself or within our supply chain. We expect our supply chain (whether direct suppliers or those that directly or indirectly supply our direct suppliers) to share the same values.
In line with the above, SICE has the following processes and procedures in place:
- An ACS Group Code of Conduct (Código de Conducta) which all employees have to acknowledge and sign, along with a Human Rights Policy (Política de Derechos Humanos) and a Commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Compromiso con la Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos). This Code of Conduct explicitly states that "Companies within the ACS Group agree not to resort to forced or coerced labour, and to ensure work-life balance for all their employees. Likewise, the Group will avoid using suppliers, contractors or external collaborators where there be a risk of directly or indirectly engaging in such practices".
- As part of our continuous improvement within the ACS Corporate Compliance programme, we expect our suppliers to comply with the ACS Group Business Partner Code of Conduct (Código de Conducta de Socios de Negocio) and to place similar expectations on their respective suppliers.
- Using a risk-based approach when entering into arrangements with suppliers, suppliers undergo a supplier approval process in which we assess them from a qualitative and economic perspective. As part of that assessment, we are alert for any indicators of forced labour.
- We may impose contractual obligations on suppliers under which they:
- undertake to comply with the Group Business Partner Code of Conduct;
- warrant that their business and, to the best of their knowledge, their own supply chain do not use forced labour;
- agree to provide us on request with responses to a self-assessment questionnaire regarding to Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights.;
- impose equivalent obligations on their own suppliers.
- We have a whistleblowing channel available for all employees, providers and other third parties, to report any irregularities, on a global scale – promoting both the knowledge of this mechanism and the whistleblowing procedures as an additional measure to guarantee compliance with our Group’s code of ethics, policies and guidelines, which are vital in order to ensure that no slavery or human trafficking takes place in our operations or within our supply chain.
We have prepared this statement for the purposes of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. References in the statement to “forced labour” mean any conduct which is an offence under Part I of that Act including slavery, servitude, any type of forced or compulsory labour and trafficking for the purposes of exploitation.
And in witness whereof, I issue this Statement in Alcobendas, Madrid, Kingdom of Spain, this 03th February 2020.