According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), 40 million people were victims of modern slavery and 152 million children were subject to child labor globally in 2016.
As the ILO reports:
- 1 in 4 victims of modern slavery are children.
- Out of the 24.9 million people trapped in forced labour, 16 million people are exploited in the private sector such as domestic work, construction or agriculture; 4.8 million persons in forced sexual exploitation, and 4 million persons in forced labour imposed by state authorities.
- Women and girls are disproportionately affected by forced labour, accounting for 99% of victims in the commercial sex industry, and 58% in other sectors.
sāf.ai deplores the presence and persistence of modern slavery and child labor, and takes seriously its responsibility to ensure that neither modern slavery nor child labor takes place in its supply-chain or in any part of its business. ("Modern slavery" in this statement refers to slavery, forced or compulsory labor, trafficking, servitude, and workers who are imprisoned, indentured, or bonded. "Child labor" refers to work performed by someone under 16 years of age, or under 14 for light work, provided it is not confined to periods that interfere with the child's schooling and not in conditions that interfere with the child's health or well-being.)
In accordance with the UK Modern Slavery Act, and in alignment with the ILO 2014 Protocol to its Forced Labour Convention, ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals target 8.7, this 2022 Statement Against Modern Slavery and Child Labor ("the Statement") describes the steps saf.ai has taken to prevent modern slavery and child labor from occurring in its business or supply chain.
sāf.ai's Code of Ethics prohibits knowingly using, participating in, supporting, or tolerating modern slavery (slavery, forced or compulsory labor, trafficking, servitude, or workers who are imprisoned, indentured, or bonded) or child labor in its business operations. Any sāf.ai employee or contractor who violates this prohibition will be subject to termination of employment or business relationship.
sāf.ai's Standards of Conduct prohibit unsafe and illegal conduct, including knowingly using, participating in, supporting, or tolerating modern slavery (slavery, forced or compulsory labor, trafficking, servitude, or workers who are imprisoned, indentured, or bonded) or child labor.
sāf.ai complies with laws prohibiting trafficking and child labor in the jurisdictions in which it operates, including U.S. Federal Acquisition Regulation 22.17 on combatting human trafficking.
In addition, sāf.ai is now exploring a partnership with the FairHotel Program, which means sāf.ai encourages its employees to choose FairHotel endorsed hotels-where workers have fair wages, adequate benefits, and a voice on the job. Being a FairHotel partner will also signify that sāf.ai provides business to hotels as a fair employer.
Going forward, sāf.ai will communicate this Statement to all employees, contractors, and suppliers, including recruiters and employment agencies. In addition, sāf.ai is developing training for all sāf.ai employees on modern slavery and child labor. sāf.ai posts its Statement Against Modern Slavery and Child Labor publicly.
sāf.ai has a non-retaliation policy for reporting workplace-related concerns. Consistent with this Statement, sāf.ai allows employees and contractors to report issues regarding modern slavery and child labor without fear of retaliation.