This statement sets out actions taken by the Abt Australia and Abt Britain Corporate Group (the Group) to assess and address modern slavery risks in its global operations and supply chain for financial year starting 1 April 2020 and ending 31 March 2021, pursuant to s54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (UK) and the Australian Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth).
The Group is wholly owned by Abt Associates Inc. (F.I.D. 04-2347643), a company incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and registered in the State of Maryland in the United States of America (collectively referred to as Abt Associates).
This joint statement is prepared and submitted by Abt Associates Australia Pty Ltd (A.C.N. 161 695 156) on behalf of the following reporting entities which are wholly owned subsidiaries: (1) Abt Holdings Australia Pty Ltd (A.C.N. 129 332 681); (2) Abt Group Australia Pty Ltd (A.C.N. 120 662 026); and (3) Abt Associates Pty Ltd (A.C.N. 091 591 294) for the Australian Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth); and (4) Abt Britain Limited (Company Number 10633588) (referred to as Abt Britain) for the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (UK). Abt Associates Australia Pty Ltd has prepared this statement in consultation with the reporting entities listed above.
Abt Associates Australia Pty Ltd and its Australian reporting entities are collectively referred to as Abt Australia. A joint statement has been prepared because these entities use the same policies and processes, operate in the same sector and have shared suppliers. This also applies to the other Australia-based and overseas entities that Abt Australia owns or controls.
Abt Britain has adopted Abt Australia’s compliance framework and has comparable policies and procedures as Abt Australia, operates in the same sector, and has comparable procurement needs.
The Abt Australia and Abt Britain boards comprise substantially the same directors and company secretary. Abt Australia and Abt Britain senior management have also reviewed and participated in the preparation of this statement. Both Abt Australia and Abt Britain own and control other entities to facilitate the delivery of services in home office locations and overseas.
ABOUT ABT ASSOCIATES
Abt Associates is defined by its mission to improve the quality of life and economic wellbeing of people worldwide. We are a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for our rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and has been recognised as one of the top 40 international development innovators.
Our global staff of over 3,700 work in more than 50 countries and includes national and international experts who are recognised for their knowledge, innovative research techniques, and insightful analyses and recommendations.
The Group’s operations include direct employment of workers, predominantly in professional services roles, with provision of program management services and specialist advisory services including but not limited to: governance and public sector reform, health services, policy and systems, research monitoring and evaluation, and gender equality and social inclusion. As part of our program management services, we may manage the following on behalf of our clients: procurements (including of technical assistance), grants, delivery of remote services, subcontracting of projects, subcontracting of local services, impact investing and behavioural change initiatives.
Abt Australia’s head office locations are based in Brisbane and Canberra, Australia with overseas operations in the Asia Pacific region. Abt Britain’s head office is based in London, United Kingdom with overseas operations in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. The Group’s supply chain is complex and dispersed across these regions. In addition to standard procurement required to support a professional services firm, the supply chain also consists of downstream partners (subcontractors and grantees) engaged to support delivery of international development programs overseas. The diverse supply chain includes NGOs, research institutions and universities, consultancy companies, church partners, local in-country suppliers, travel and accommodation providers, security firms, suppliers of medical and IT equipment and consumables.