FlexTrade is committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chain.
This statement is made by FlexTrade Systems Inc., for and behalf of itself and its global subsidiaries (collectively, “FlexTrade”, “we”, “us”, or “our”), in respect of FlexTrade’s actions and activities during the financial year ending 31 December 2022, pursuant to section 54 ‘Transparency in Supply Chains’ provisions of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.
About FlexTrade UK Limited
FlexTrade UK Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FlexTrade Systems Inc. (FlexTrade), which is a global leader in high performance multi-asset execution management and order management systems for equities, fixed income, foreign exchange, futures, and options. A pioneer in the field, FlexTrade is internationally recognized for introducing FlexTRADER®, the world’s first broker-neutral, execution management trading system, which allows clients to completely control and customize their execution workflows through a comprehensive ability to search/access liquidity while maintaining the confidentiality of their trading strategies.
We have a staff of approximately 650 across 10 countries across the globe. Through our work we also engage with numerous suppliers of goods and services.
Our commitment to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015
FlexTrade is committed to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the abolition of modern slavery and human trafficking. We acknowledge the role that we can play to help to bring this about.
We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships, and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our business or in our supply chains.
We are an equal opportunities employer, fully committed to creating and ensuring an inclusive and respectful working environment for all our staff. We want all our staff to feel confident that they can report concerns without any risk to themselves.
Our recruitment and people management processes are designed to ensure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the UK and to safeguard employees from any abuse or coercion.
We recognise that, as a purchaser of goods and services, we have the opportunity to influence good practices in the employment of people by other organisations.
We endeavour not to enter into business with any organisation, in the UK or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to be involved in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.
This modern slavery statement can be found on our website, and may also be accessed via the Home Office modern slavery statement registry.
Here are the steps the FlexTrade has taken and continues to take to understand and minimise the potential risk of modern slavery in its business and supply chains.
Our supply chain
We procure goods and services from the UK and overseas suppliers.
We build relationships with our suppliers to ensure they understand our values, and comply with our expectation and commitment to protect human rights and the environment. We have appropriate policies in place that underpin our commitment to ensure that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. We continuously review and update all our policies. As part of our procurement processes, we encourage all of our suppliers to review and comply all our policies.
Our policies which relate to the Modern Slavery Act 2015
The following policies are available to all staff through the FlexTrade intranet:
- Code of Ethics and Business Conduct Policy
- Diversity and Inclusion Policy
- Conflict of Interest Policy
- Anti-Harassment and Bullying Policy
- Whistleblowing Policy
- Disciplinary Procedure Policy
- FlexTrade Vendor Management Policy
- FlexTrade Anti-Corruption and Anti-Bribery Policy
These policies set out the standards required of our staff and include details of the mechanisms in place which can be used report issues or concerns, including matters impacting modern slavery relating to our organisation.
We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors are encouraged to comply with our ethics, our compliance personnel responsible for belong to the following departments:
- General Counsel’s Office
- GRC Office
Due diligence measures include:
- To ensure that we do not inadvertently support slavery, we make our policies and processes known to staff and suppliers as a means of encouraging good practice.
- We ensure that all staff are legally entitled to work in the UK.
- We also ensure that any recruitment agency we utilise for the placement of temporary staff, follows the same requirements to confirm the identity and right to work of individuals placed with us.
- We also are cognizant of our right to challenge any abnormally low-cost tenders to ensure they do not rely upon the potential contractor practising modern slavery.
Risk Assessment and Management
The two main areas of risk in relation to modern slavery at FlexTrade relate to our contractual arrangements and recruitment of staff. The steps that we will take to manage these risks are outlined below :
We will ensure that consideration of the modern slavery risks and prevention are added to our vendor policy review process as an employer and procurer of goods and services.
Staff Awareness and Understanding
We will provide mandatory awareness to all staff on the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and inform them of the appropriate action to take if they suspect a case of modern slavery or human trafficking.
We will endeavor to take necessary steps to have staff involved in buying or procurement, and the recruitment and deployment of workers, receive training on modern slavery and ethical employment practices.
To monitor and assess the effectiveness of our actions, FlexTrade looks at various performance indicators, including tracking the number and completion rates of internal compliance trainings that we have rolled out to employees, the proportion and number of complaints resolved and a number of due diligence procedures and preventive controls that we have developed and implemented with our suppliers and business partners.
If you suspect modern slavery, report it to firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, staff and external contacts can report any concerns in relation to potential modern slavery linked to FlexTrade’s operations to email@example.com
Approval by Corporate Governing Authority:
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st December 2022. It was approved by an authorised representative of the parent corporation on 25th August 2023.
NAME AND SIGNATURE OF DIRECTOR/MEMBER/PARENT CORPORATION:
NAME OF COMPANY: FLEXTRADE SYSTEMS INC.
Name: Jamshaid Khan
Title: General Counsel