Ascom is a global solutions provider focused on healthcare ICT and mobile workflow solutions. The vision of Ascom is to close digital information gaps allowing for the best possible decisions – anytime and anywhere. Ascom’s mission is to provide mission-critical, real-time solutions for highly mobile, ad hoc, and time-sensitive environments. Ascom uses its unique product and solutions portfolio and software architecture capabilities to devise integration and mobilisation solutions that provide truly smooth, complete and efficient workflows for healthcare as well as for industry and retail sectors.
Ascom is headquartered in Baar (Switzerland), has subsidiaries in 15 countries and employs around 1,300 people worldwide. Ascom registered shares (ASCN) are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich.Wireless Solutions.
Modern Slavery Statement for Financial Year 2019
This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Ascom has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Ascom has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
Ascom is a global solutions provider focused on healthcare ICT and mobile workflow solutions. The company provides mobile workflow solutions for sectors like healthcare, industry, retail, security establishments and hotels. The company is headquartered in Baar (Switzerland), has subsidiaries in 18 countries and employs around 1,300 people worldwide (2019). Ascom registered shares (ASCN) are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich. The company operates in Europe, Middle East, North America, South East Asia and Australia/New Zealand.
Our supply chains
We procure materials and component parts for products from suppliers located throughout the world. Our supply chains include:
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner:
Ascom operates a supplier policy and maintains a preferred supplier list. We conduct due diligence on our first-tier suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. A Sustainability amendment forms part of our contracts with all first-tier suppliers and the suppliers are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy, and that they adhere to all applicable laws and regulations and in particular to the key principles of the UN Global Compact when conducting business with Ascom. Also all of our 1st tier suppliers conduct self-assessments where selected areas of weakness as improvement tasks are brought up.
Ascom is also committed to the objectives of implementing responsible supply chains for minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas. “Conflict minerals” originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are sometimes controlled by armed groups to finance the ongoing conflict in the DRC and adjoining countries. Some of these minerals end up in the supply chain of products including those in the electronics industry. We recognize that conflict minerals bring an increased risk of modern slavery. Ascom implemented processes to be consistent with OECD due diligence requirements and have e.g. conducted Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry (RCOI) for smelters/refiners reported in our supply chain.
In order to improve the understanding and the sensibility for corporate governance related topics, inter alia, labour rights, all employees have to pass a comprehensive online compliance training including a self-assessment test which is regularly reviewed and renewed. The training enhances our employees’ ethical problem-solving skills and raises awareness of critical aspects in a complex international business world.
Approval of this statement
This statement was approved by the Management of Ascom (UK) Ltd.
18 March 2019