Modern Slavery and
Statement – 2021
Zellis Group Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement
The Zellis group of companies has reviewed its obligations and the steps taken in the past financial year to ensure we continue to maintain the best possible governance and oversight to ensure no modern slavery or human trafficking is taking place anywhere in our supply chain and services processes.
Our statement is made in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act, 2015 and is the third statement of publication. Our commitment to our customers, stakeholders and the wider community is clear, and we look forward to continuing to enhance and improve our practices for the betterment of our business and society
As the leading provider of payroll and HR solutions for UK and Ireland-based organisations, the Zellis group delivers a range of specialist products and services through its three core entities: Zellis, Benefex and Moorepay. In total, the Zellis group currently has a team of circa 2600 expert staff across the UK, Ireland, and India.
Each month, 5 million employees across the UK and Ireland are paid through Zellis solutions. Zellis provides award-winning payroll and human capital management (HCM) software in the form of its flagship product, Zellis HCM Cloud. It is also the trusted Managed Services partner to more than 120 customers, delivering complex payroll, HR, background checking, compliance, and consultancy requirements from dedicated service centres across three geographies.
Founded in 1966, Moorepay provides payroll and HR solutions to small and medium-sized organisations in the UK and Ireland. With over 500 qualified staff, the company delivers its own distinct software and managed service offerings, tailored to the needs of SMEs. Its specialisms include employment law consultancy and health and safety services among others.
Benefex is the Zellis group’s specialist in employee benefits, reward, recognition, and communications. Benefex supports nearly 1 million employees in 140 global organisations across the UK, USA, Europe, and South-East Asia. Benefex’s OneHub platform enables customers to design, manage and deliver meaningful employee experiences, from benefits and communications to recognition and wellbeing, all in one place.
Our Policy and Commitment
Zellis group of companies takes the ongoing issue of modern slavery and human trafficking very seriously and is committed to the global effort to combat it. We are committed to ensuring our products, services and employment practices, and those of our customers, uphold these principles.
We are totally aware of the potential risks emerging from the abuse of services that facilitate the processing of salary payments and employment benefits which, if controlled by ‘bad actors’, can be deployed for the purposes of modern slavery including forced labour, child labour, illegal restraint, human trafficking and migrant smuggling, extortion. We are conscious of our duty to detect, prevent and report the associated predicate offences of corruption, bribery, and theft of a victim’s wage, or employment benefits and understand that this demonstrates of our commitment to the elimination of humanitarian offences and anti-money laundering crimes.
We are, as of this year, extending the scope of our policies, principles and code of practice to ensure our supply chain subscribes to our rigorous standards. We encourage commitment to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations, the International Labour Organisation’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights of Work, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
Modern slavery and human trafficking can be very hard to detect, especially when efforts are being made to hide criminal and unethical activity. Zellis group operates a hybrid risk reporting structure with localised and group-level reporting routes. It is governed by a risk management framework applying a ‘principles and objectives’ approach.
We are fully aware of how to recognise signs of modern slavery and human trafficking through our internal controls which would trigger further probity if identified. Our robust control framework is under continual development in collaboration by the skilled teams delivering our services and those maintaining governance and oversight on our supply chains.
We have made fundamental enhancements to our education and awareness programme, aligning the messaging to the specific nature of our business and modern slavery and human trafficking in a modern context. Whilst the risk exposures are low, we are committed to making sure our colleagues stay alert and know what to do should they identify any suspicious activity.
Our control objectives are mapped against risks and designed to classify the control type, outline the purpose of the control, why the control exists and how to perform the control to ensure signs of modern slavery and human trafficking are detected, prevented and reported.
Over the next financial reporting year, the Board and the Executive shall work towards establishing, implementing and reporting new metrics to demonstrate fulfilment of our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement.
A key focus area will be upgrading our supply chain management practices, outlining clear auditable trails to identify jurisdictional boundaries, assessing ethical practices and codes of conduct of our suppliers and providing evidence of our high standards of compliance.
|FY2020-2021||Aligned our modern slavery and human trafficking statement to FATF recommendations, ILO, and UNCAC.|
Enhanced training to align with identifying signs of modern slavery and human trafficking through our internal control system
Increased awareness on reporting suspicious activity.
|FY2019-2020||Modern slavery and human trafficking statement enhanced|
|FY2018-2019||Modern slavery and human trafficking statement established and|
John Petter – Group Chairman and Zellis Chief Executive Officer
Zellis Holdings Ltd
Date: August 2021