Statement for the Financial Year Ending 31 December 2020
This statement has been made on behalf of DeVono concerning the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“the Act”).
Modern slavery is the exploitation of people for personal and commercial gain. The Act applies to all organisations that operate or carry out any businesses within the UK with a turnover or group turnover of £36 million or more to disclose transparency within their business operations in regard to modern slavery and human trafficking.
The statement discloses how DeVono recognise and prevent modern slavery and human trafficking within our business operations and supply chains and, has been written in accordance with the requirements from the Act.
The statement will provide the following details about DeVono:
DeVono is an limited company registered in England (company number 04564124). DeVono operate solely within the UK. We are not affiliated, endorsed, associated, authorised or in any way officially connected with any other company, commercial real estate agency or government agency.
DeVono is the UK’s leading occupier-only consultancy firm. We specialise in supporting and understanding our clients’ specific business objectives to provide practical real estate solutions. We work with our clients in all aspects of their business including, talent challenges, headcount forecasts, operational priorities and cost considerations delivering a sustainable future footprint strategy.
Our head office resides in the UK and has just under 30 employees whom all operate in the UK.
DeVono adheres to all the requirements in the Act and we have a no-tolerance policy to modern slavery or human trafficking within any part of our business and supply chains. We understand and accept the obligations we have to combatting modern slavery and human trafficking and ensure we are continuously reviewing our practices to combat any due diligence with not only a new supplier but any existing suppliers and clients.
Modern slavery and human trafficking take several forms and DeVono recognises and understands that the most common and associated with the commercial real estate industry are:
We aim to ensure that DeVono is not associated or involved with any acts of modern slavery or human trafficking.
We understand the importance of ensuring that we as a company and our employees acknowledge the risks involved in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking. We recognise that there is a risk, although small when operating in the commercial real estate sector.
All our employees are aware of the risks when associated with modern slavery and human trafficking particularly those directly involved with clients and suppliers. To ensure we adhere to the Act, our business and supply chains are kept under regular review.
This Modern Slavery Statement has been approved by the Senior Management Team of DeVono as of 30 June 2021.
Luke Philpott – Equity Partner – 30 June 2021.
Robert Leigh – Equity Partner – 30 June 2021.
Chris Lewis – Equity Partner & Head of Occupier Advisory – 30 June 2021.
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"Our second time using DeVono and again I was very impressed with the team - friendly, efficient and extremely commercial and honest. They understood the brief and worked hard to deliver the right property for our needs. In what was an unfamiliar area to me, they provided guidance on key issues and negotiated very good terms, highly recommendable."
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