Xoserve's Modern Day Slavery Statement 2023/24
Statement on the prevention of slavery and human trafficking in Xoserve Limited.
Xoserve Limited is committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chain, in accordance with the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. This statement highlights the steps that Xoserve has already taken to address any risks, including any planned improvements.
Xoserve’s organisational Structure, Business Model and Supply Chains
Founded on 1st May 2005, Xoserve is central to Britain’s gas distribution market. Operating at the heart of the gas industry, Xoserve is the Central Data Service Provider (CDSP) for the gas industry. We deliver vital services to gas suppliers, shippers and transporters, ensuring that their data is transported securely and that Britain’s wholesale gas market runs as efficiently and reliably as possible.
We are funded, governed and owned by the gas industry, with our board made up of industry-nominated directors and an independent Chair.
Xoserve is based exclusively in Great Britain, however some parties which benefit from our services are based overseas.
Xoserve is a specialised contract management and assurance company, outsourcing the delivery of a large proportion of the CDSP-related services. A formal governance framework is in place to ensure the relationship between Xoserve and its service providers is appropriately managed.
Xoserve also continues to procure (and contract for) services on behalf of the gas industry, such as the Performance Assurance Framework Administrator (PAFA) and Allocation of Unidentified Gas Expert (AUGE). In addition, act as the Daily Metered Service Provider (DMSP) on behalf of gas shippers.
Our Policies to Address the Risks of Slavery and Human Trafficking
At Xoserve, ethical conduct and behaving as a responsible business underpins everything.
Our recruitment policies and processes recognise an individual’s rights to work in an environment free from discrimination and to realise their full potential by ensuring equal opportunities at work. We ensure that all direct employees are paid above the minimum living wage and have appropriate rights to work.
Doing the Right Thing and ethical business conduct is embedded in business policies and principles for all staff, service partners and others we work with to follow. In addition, Xoserve provide options for internal reporting or an external helpline to enable staff to report any concerns or issues in complete confidence.
Xoserve’s Supplier Code of Conduct outlines the standards of ethical business conduct expected from our supply chain. Suppliers must operate ethically within the law providing safe working conditions that prevent harm, intimidation, harassment, and fear and where staff are treated with dignity and respect.
When onboarding new suppliers, Xoserve operates the following control and assurance framework to identify and reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking which requires:
- Assessment of suppliers through recognised screening services
- Completion of pre-qualification supplier questionnaires
- Agreement to contractual obligations compliant with all applicable current laws and regulations
- Compliance to the Supplier Code of Conduct or supplier’s appropriate published statement
- Compliance to the Modern Slavery Act
Our Ongoing Commitment to Eradicating Slavery and Human Trafficking
Xoserve’s approach continues to be to seek to detect any instances of trafficking or slavery being recorded within our supply chain or business.
Xoserve continues to engage with a global network of procurement and contracting specialists, allowing us to explore best practice and collaborate on peer reviews to help drive further policy and process improvements.
Xoserve will continue to apply appropriate procurement and contractual processes with suppliers to confirm adherence to the Modern Slavery Act.
This statement is fully supported and approved by the Xoserve Limited Board of Directors and covers all activities undertaken by the business and their Supply Chain Partners.