Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labor and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
SmartSimple is committed to combat slavery and human trafficking. This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes SmartSimple’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 2018/19.
SmartSimple was founded by Mike Reid and Keith Yau in 2002, and we have offered the same platform solution since that time. The company has grown to 105 employees, operating out of Toronto, Ontario (Head Office); Dublin, Ireland; North Carolina; Illinois; and California.
SmartSimple is owned by its senior management team and is self-funded. Third-party financial involvement is very limited, and the company faces no pressure associated with quarterly earnings, venture capitalists, etc. SmartSimple’s history is a testament to steady and responsible growth, based on bringing a superior product to very specific vertical markets.
Our policies on slavery and human trafficking
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or any part of our business.
In light of the critical responsibilities to report on measures to ensure that all parts of our business and supply chain are slavery-free, we have reviewed our workplace policies and procedures to assess their effectiveness in identifying and tackling modern slavery issues. Our workplace policies and procedures demonstrate our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.
Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk, we have in place systems to:
- Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains
- Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains
- Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains
- Protect whistleblowers
SmartSimple Diversity Policy
Our platform is a product of diverse ideas, skill sets, and backgrounds. We understand and celebrate the opinions that come from our diverse culture, gender, race, ethnicities, sexual orientation, and age. We believe that from diverse perspectives better ideas are forged. SmartSimple is an equal opportunity employer for all qualified persons and does not discriminate against race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other protected status.
This policy applies to recruitment and placement, promotion, training, transfer, retention, the rate of pay and all other details and conditions of employment. Employment and promotion decisions will be based on merit and the principle of furthering equal opportunity. The requirements we impose in filling a position will be those that validly relate to the job performance required.
All other HR programs including compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, recalls from layoffs, training, education, tuition assistance, and recreation programs will be administered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected status, in accordance with appropriate law.
At SmartSimple, we consider ourselves ambassadors of diversity and inclusion. We value our culture and encourage a collaborative environment that enables everyone the opportunity to succeed and create better products and services to our clients. The innovative leadership team sponsors the diversity and inclusion efforts and championed by all employees.
In support of our diversity policy, SmartSimple actively participates in organizations that promote diversity. Positive Space (celebrating sexual and gender diversity) and CCDI Employer Partner (center for diversity and inclusion) are examples.
Partnering with Diversity-Minded Organizations
SmartSimple chooses to work closely with other business entities who support diversity inclusion. As an Amazon Web Services | Advanced Technology Partner and an Amazon Web Services | Government Competency Program partner SmartSimple have purposefully chosen Amazon for their advanced server technology and outspoken leadership on issues on inclusion. Amazon shares their diversity programs and workforce demographics on the following website: Amazon Jobs - Diversity and Inclusion
Culture & Leadership
SmartSimple provides open & positive discussions in weekly management & leadership meetings. SmartSimple’s policies are reviewed monthly (compliance tracker). Managers and leadership show leadership on the importance of sharing diversity information. We host diversity-related events & socials.
At SmartSimple, we review our recruitment practices on a weekly basis and continuously work to attract a diverse range of candidates through advertising, career fairs, college hiring, etc. Training on diversity & inclusion is incorporated into our new hire On-boarding Training and then yearly reviewed.
Development & Progression
SmartSimple uses clear and objective systems & criteria for assessing performance and promoting staff and provide tools for leadership and employees to measure and encourage development.
SmartSimple offers benefits which provide flexible work hours and Work From Home to accommodate the diverse needs of everyone in our organization.
We are very proud to have an incredibly diverse workforce, and we believe this is key to our success. Diversity statistics for the company are available upon request.
Co-Founder and COO, SmartSimple
October 2, 2018