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Corporate Responsibility Joseph DAlesandro August 24, 2023

Corporate Responsibility

Environment
Modern Slavery Statement
Accessibility
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Environmental Responsibility

At tax.com™, we are committed to creating a sustainable and environmentally responsible workplace environment. We aim to minimize our impact on the environment while optimizing the sustainability of our office-built environments. We believe that implementing sustainable practices has enduring value, and we strive to be a behavior model for others to follow.

Building Selection, Office Design, and Construction

We prioritize leasing office space in buildings that have achieved sustainable certifications, such as the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. We provide clear guidance to designers and builders, emphasizing environmentally friendly building techniques and materials, including low-VOC paints and materials that can be cleaned with environmentally preferred products. Our commitment extends to utilizing energy-efficient fixtures and equipment with high ENERGY STAR® scores and implementing water-efficient restroom fixtures. We integrate lighting occupancy and daylight sensors in accordance with local codes and promote recycling behaviors through point-of-use signage in renovations and new construction.

Procurement

We actively engage and collaborate with suppliers serving our facilities to improve our overall environmental performance. When selecting suppliers, vendors, and service providers, we prioritize those who drive sustainability in their services and products. We engage contractors who use clean products, have experience with low-energy equipment, and utilize energy-efficient tools. Our procurement strategy includes purchasing non-toxic, environmentally preferred cleaning products and managing procurement through a pre-selected approved office supply catalog to encourage the use of sustainable office supplies. We also strive to replace existing equipment and appliances with ENERGY STAR-rated models and standardize to hot/cold water dispensers and pot coffee brewers to reduce single-use plastics.

Recycling

We are committed to diverting durable goods, such as furniture, from landfills by reusing them within our existing footprint or identifying resale opportunities. To promote responsible recycling of paper materials, we provide paper shredding equipment. We ensure that workstations, break areas, and resource rooms have recycling containers readily available. Annually, we conduct document destruction activities in adherence to our internal document retention policy. We actively encourage and assist with focused events for collecting unused office supplies and electronics to be redeployed or responsibly recycled. Additionally, we utilize recyclable nameplate systems and operationalize battery and mobile phone recycling.

Operations

We strive to ensure responsible business travel by traveling only when necessary. We optimize commuting requirements through the implementation of hybrid work schedules. By leveraging technology, we assess and right-size our environmental footprint. Whenever possible, we transition from printing to paperless processes and digitize department operations and maintenance manuals. We utilize electronic signature platforms to reduce paper waste. Our default settings for department printers and computers prioritize black-and-white printing/copying and double-sided printing to minimize unnecessary resource consumption.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Ryan Tax Service UK Limited (“Ryan”) has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.

Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking, and forced labour. Ryan has a zero-tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.

Our Business

Ryan provides a broad range of international tax advisory and consulting services and tax-related software. Our multi-disciplinary team of professionals and associates, together with teams from our parent and affiliated offices in the United States, Canada, Netherlands, France, Portugal, Australia, and India, serves more than 18,000 clients, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies.

Our High-Risk Areas

The nature of our business as a professional services organisation limits the potential for modern slavery taking place within our business or supply chain. Our team members are professionals, with offer letters and compensation managed centrally. Our supply chain is for a narrow band of infrastructure needs, which are not susceptible typically to modern slavery issues.

Our Policies

Ryan maintains a number of internal policies to ensure business is conducted in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:

  1. Anti-slavery policy. Ryan maintains a UK Modern Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy. It sets forth the organisation’s stance on modern slavery and explains how team members can identify any instances of this and where they can go for help.
  2. Recruitment protocols. We operate a robust recruitment protocol, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all Ryan team members to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
  3. Code of Conduct. This code explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our team members and suppliers to act. The Code of Conduct includes a “whistleblowing protection” so all team members know concerns can be raised about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals or retaliation.

Our Supply Chain

Ryan conducts an assessment of its material European suppliers before allowing them to become a supplier. This assessment includes an evaluation that the supplier is credible and not convicted of offenses relating to modern slavery.

Our Performance Indicators

We will know the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain if no reports are received from team members, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.

Approval for This Statement

This statement has been published in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps Ryan has taken to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain. The statement applies to the financial year ending 31 December 22.

Approved By:

Name: Jon Sweet
Position: President
Date: April 2023

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