UKG Modern Slavery Statement
On April 1, 2020, Kronos and Ultimate completed a merger. On October 1, the companies re-branded as UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group), one of the world’s largest cloud companies and leader in workforce management and human capital management software. By combining two exceptional, highly compatible cultures, we created a Company where Our Purpose is People and we will continue to inextricably link our business success with protecting the rights of citizens around the globe.
To that end, UKG adheres to the principles outlined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights which prohibits the use of any form of forced labour including indentured labour, bonded labour, physical confinement in the work location; exploitative practices, such as forced overtime and limited access to documentation including passports, identity papers and travel documents. Support for or engagement in any form of human trafficking or involuntary labour through threat, force, fraudulent claims, or other coercion is strictly prohibited. UKG supports the practices necessary to ensure compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and other applicable laws.
To further develop the United Nations principles, we will publish the first UKG Code of Conduct (the “Code”) in 2021. The Code will incorporate this Statement, and we will adopt company-wide training on these principles to further reinforce these values. Additionally, we are in the process of drafting a Human Rights Policy to support these greater aims.
These values, which we have always held dear in our combined forty plus year commitment to corporate social responsibility, were previously reflected in Kronos’ pre-merger Code of Conduct and supplier vetting processes. As the Company has grappled with the global pandemic of 2020, we have always been mindful of creating a return to work policy and other ancillary practices that do not contain any element of coercion which would impinge on the personal and professional choices of each individual who works for our team.
In addition, in 2018, Kronos formalised a Supplier Code of Conduct to improve its supply chain governance and to guarantee that more and more of its suppliers committed to business practices that align with the company’s own. Since its adoption, Kronos incorporated this code into new vendor contracts, and also made good progress incorporating the code into existing relationships. UKG now requires that as part of the RFP process, new vendors attest that they, too, do not engage in any forced labour practices. Our Procurement team is also inserting these requirements in their processes as well.
In early 2020, Kronos posted the following Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement on its internal website:
Kronos shall abide by Modern Slavery prevention laws including the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (UK), and the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Australia), and not use underage labour. Underage workers shall be defined by applicable law regulating minimum legal age to work. Workers below the age of 18 shall not be employed in jobs that are likely to jeopardise the health and safety of young workers. Kronos shall only use voluntary labour and employees who have the proper work-related documentation. Kronos shall take steps to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place in any part of the organisation.
Building upon these principles, our goal at UKG is that all of our vendors around the globe shall comply with the Code, including the provisions contained in this Statement.
An established EthicsPoint Compliance ReportingLINE is available for any concerned parties to easily report any information related to these matters.