Modern Slavery Statement
Neil Cawse, Founder & CEO of Geotab
We recognize our role as a customer in communicating our expectations to our suppliers and working with them, where necessary, to improve their own processes. We are developing and enforcing proportionate, risk-based systems and controls designed to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in our own business or in our supply chains with our knowledge, while maintaining our drive to employ a diverse population of employees and where possible doing what we can to provide meaningful employment opportunities to underserved communities through strategic partnerships and other means.
In our continuing efforts to combat human trafficking, Geotab has realeased the Truckers Against Trafficking add-in, designed to help educate truck drivers about human trafficking and learn how to identify victims while on the road.
Geotab’s subsidiaries currently participate in and are covered by the Compliance program operated by Geotab. As a result, statements regarding Geotab’s efforts to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place in its supply chains and business operations — including statements regarding the company’s policies, processes, and procedures — also apply to Geotab’s subsidiaries & affiliates unless specifically stated otherwise.”
Geotab Inc. is the ultimate parent company of the Geotab group of companies and has its head office in Canada.
We support these global business units from centrally-managed Group Functions including Supply Chain Procurement, Manufacturing, Compliance, Human Resources, Finance, IT Security, Legal, Solutions Engineering, Research & Development and New Product Introduction. We seek to maintain central oversight of minimum standards of operation.
Our supply chains
Our Supplier Code of Conduct sets standards designed to protect the health, safety, and treatment of workers, including the prohibition of involuntary labor, sex trafficking, and slavery or trafficking of people.
Internal Management, Accountability and Programs
The variety of programs that will intersect with the Modern Slavery prevention activities, are embedded in our Recruiting program, our Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Program, our E-Waste Recycling Program, as well as in our expansion programs, country readiness assessments and our Supplier Code of Conduct. Geotab prides itself on its core value of “doing the right thing,” even when it is not easy. These programs reflect the core of our culture at Geotab.
Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking
As part of the due diligence process, higher-risk suppliers will be asked to complete a self-declaration about their upstream suppliers and the commodities purchased through those suppliers down to the raw materials. We mitigate the risks of counterfeit parts by arranging direct relationships with each of the upstream suppliers, and by restricting the parts which are available to our contract manufacturers using a blanket Geotab purchase order. We also inspect our contract manufacturing facilities to ensure compliance with the Supplier Code of Conduct and quality output of the final products.
The due diligence process also includes examination of labor-related red flags observed in person and in response to publicly available reports, and a review of higher-risk suppliers’ names against the US Office of Foreign Assets Control and sanctions lists. If we discover red flags, we conduct extensive and documented follow-ups to address these issues. In certain cases, we may decide to no longer pursue a relationship or to terminate our current relationship with a supplier.
We recognize that our due diligence efforts should continue in perpetuity. That remains our approach for the foreseeable future.
Reporting concerns or raising issues related to modern slavery
We offer multiple reporting options to workers, including a helpline that gives callers an option to report concerns anonymously. We promote these reporting options through our internal policies, communications, and training. We also have a policy prohibiting retaliation for raising concerns, priding ourselves on being a highly transparent company. In 2020, we launched an Integrity Helpline in all the countries where we have staff residing, available in the relevant local languages. The helpline is anonymous, and allows for the caller to follow up on their report as needed. If a modern slavery concern is raised, our Compliance Team will coordinate with appropriate stakeholders to investigate the issue. If our investigation substantiates a reported concern relating to a supplier, the corrective approach may include engaging with the supplier to ensure that the issue is addressed. Where that may not be possible, we reserve the right to terminate the supplier. Through providing this statement and the actions, commitments, and representations made herein, Geotab continues to further its dedication to ensuring that modern slavery and human trafficking are not involved in any part of its operations, partnerships, or organization at large. Our effectiveness in combating slavery and human trafficking is to be measured through the results of our routine inspections of high risk partners on a routine basis.