Company Policies

Anti Corruption and Bribery Policy 

Policy Statement
It is the policy of Bia Analytical to conduct our business in an open, honest and transparent way. We do not condone in any way the use of corrupt practices or acts of bribery to obtain an unfair advantage. We adhere to the highest ethical standards and this is reflected in every aspect of the way in which we operate. The Company will uphold all laws relevant to countering bribery and corruption in all the jurisdictions in which it conducts business.

Who it Applies to
This policy applies to all individuals working for or on behalf of the Company (Workers) at all levels and grades, whether permanent, fixed-term or temporary, and wherever located, including consultants, contractors, seconded staff, casual staff, agency staff, volunteers, agents, sponsors and any other person who performs services for or on behalf of the Company.

What is bribery?
A bribe is an inducement or reward offered, promised or provided in order to improperly gain any commercial, contractual, regulatory or personal advantage, which may constitute an offence, namely:

What is not acceptable
It is not acceptable for any Worker (or someone on their behalf) to:

Responsibilities
The prevention, detection and reporting of bribery and other forms of corruption are the responsibility of all those working for us or under our control. All Workers are required to avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this policy. Workers are required to notify the CEO as soon as possible if it is believed or suspected that a conflict with this policy has occurred, or may occur in the future, or if they are offered a bribe, are asked to make one, suspect that this may happen in the future, or believe that they are a victim of another form of unlawful activity.

Any employee who breaches this policy may face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for gross misconduct. We reserve our right to terminate our contractual relationship with non-employee Workers if they breach this policy.

If any Third Party is aware of any activity by any Worker which might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this policy, they should raise their concerns with the CEO, Richard Ilsley at Richard.ilsley@qub.ac.uk or directly with a member of the Executive Board.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 has introduced changes in UK law focused on increasing transparency in supply chains. Specifically, large businesses will be required to disclose the steps they have taken to ensure their business and supply chains are free from modern slavery (that is, slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking). “Commercial organisations” (body corporates or partnerships carrying on any part of their business in the UK) that supply goods or services and have a minimum turnover of £36 million will be required to produce a “slavery and human trafficking statement” each financial year. This is a statement of the steps (if any) taken to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in the organisation’s own business and its supply chains (this does not mean the organisation must guarantee the entire supply chain is slavery free). The statement will be approved by the board and signed by a director. The statement will also be published on our website.

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains.

We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, and as part of our contracting processes, we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.

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