“This statement has been published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out the steps taken by EcoOnline AS and its global subsidiaries during year ending 31st December 2021 to prevent Modern Slavery and human trafficking in its business and value chains.”
Modern Slavery statement 2021
1. Our business
EcoOnline is a leading provider of Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality (EHSQ) software solutions. By providing organizations of all sizes with user-friendly EHSQ software that create engagement and operational excellence, EcoOnline makes significant impact in making workplaces safe, sustainable, and productive.
More than 6,500 companies across 80 industries have chosen EcoOnline as a supplier of user-friendly SaaS tools within HSEQ. We have a rapid growth and today we are more than 400 talented colleagues in our offices in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Dublin Ireland, United Kingdom and US.
Our vision is to be the preferred provider of HSEQ tools & services and deliver sustainable results for our customers around the globe.
At EcoOnline we use innovative technology to help our clients build a deeper understanding of their operational and EHS risks. By designing EHS software with ease of use at its core, we lower the barrier so that anyone can report incidents, near misses or other important events – wherever they are.
We use data captures and connect these to drill down into the root cause of the incidents, risks, or emissions. Through easy to use and understand dashboards everyone can take a role in spotting trends, corrective actions and contribute to protect employees, contractors, customers, and the public.
As a global SaaS corporation with an international value chain, we accept that there may be human rights impact within our value chains, but we will not tolerate a culture that does not take these impacts seriously.
We are working toward the eradication of all forms of forced labor and Modern Slavery, and we fully understand our duty to respect human rights.
We have been working to build a strategy to ensure we can identify areas where can make our systems and processes better to ensure that we have robust mechanisms to identify, report and remediate issues. The strategy has been built around the Global Compact Self-Assessment Tool to measure the Group’s performance on all ten UN Global Compact principles, including forced labor, and how well these issues are managed. In the tool, there are indicators to track and demonstrate progress based on international standards and best practices.
The assessment covers:
- Human rights, including health and safety; hours, wages, leave; fair treatment, community impacts; product stewardship; and country risk.
- Labor, including trade unions; forced labor; child labor; and non-discrimination.
- Environment, including precaution; responsibility and performance; and technology.
- Anti-corruption, including company culture and procedures; and joint actions.
To implement the tool in the organisation, we will first carry out full internal review, including stakeholder interviews across our business, designed to gain an understanding of the current level of due diligence applied in the area of Modern Slavery. These discussions will help us to understand the key areas of focus.
A natural next step for us will then be to review each business’s key contracts and policies. This will allow us to review and establish new policies and practices to remediate any issues with respect to human rights in our value chain.
As a HSEQ SaaS company, we already work to tackle material challenges that have a severe impact on employees, companies, and the greater society, particularly with respect to workplace safety and wellbeing. We also have a Code of Conduct that we enforce throughout the Group which highlights our commitment to human rights, working conditions, and environmental responsibility, as well as our efforts in combating and preventing bribery, corruption and conflict of interest in our business partnerships.
EcoOnline’s commitment to combating slavery is anchored in the Board of Directors, and the Group Management Team. The Group has also appointed a Compliance Officer tasked with assessing, monitoring, and reporting on the status of the Group’s compliance maturity.
5. Training and awareness
EcoOnline is planning to reinforce communication around our commitment to combating Modern Slavery, and how employees may support this mission across the Group. We acknowledge that improvements could be made, and subsequently developed training and modules to begin to meet the needs of our business more fully. To the extend further assessments reveal that in-depth knowledge of Modern Slavery issues is required, we will develop training that meets the needs of the various employees within these higher risk areas of our business.
This statement is made and published in accordance with Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
It has been approved by the resources of the Board of EcoOnline Group and signed by Board’s Chair, Gunnar Evensen.
Chair of the Board