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Modern Slavery Policy

At Avast, our commitment to respect human rights is embedded in this Modern Slavery Policy. We will respect human rights in all of our operations and business dealings.

1. What is our Modern Slavery Policy?

Slavery, servitude and/or compulsory labour, human trafficking and any related exploitation (together, “modern slavery”) will not be tolerated by Avast. Avast operates in many countries around the world, which have domestic laws against modern slavery. This policy is designed to ensure that Avast complies with the applicable laws in the jurisdictions in which Avast operates and with relevant international standards, including the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

2. How will Avast identify the modern slavery risks in the business?

It is Avast's responsibility to ensure that there are safe and effectively managed channels and procedures to report modern slavery. The Avast Ethics & Reporting Line can be accessed 24 hours per day at: http://www.avast.ethicspoint.com. We will investigate and assess the risk of modern slavery in our business and remediate it where required. We will review and re-assess our approach on a regular basis.

3. How will Avast enforce the policy?

The General Counsel together with the Internal Audit team has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our legal obligations and that Avast staff and others under our control comply with it. All directors, officers, employees must:

  1. read and understand this policy;
  2. avoid any activity that might lead to, or constitute modern slavery; and
  3. raise any concerns and report any actual or suspected modern slavery at Avast or at our business partners either to the appropriate line manager, Senior HR Business Partner, Legal, a member of the Internal Audit team or via the Avast Ethics & Reporting Line.

Any suspected breach of this policy will be investigated and any person found to be in breach may face disciplinary action.

4. Communication

This Policy will be posted on Avast’s webpage and on its internal intranet for employees.

5. Recruitment

Avast will require its business partners to adhere to labor, health, safety and employment laws in the countries in which they operate, and to ensure that they put in place measures to prevent and address modern slavery. If we become aware any facts to suggest that one of our partners engage in modern slavery, we will thoroughly investigate, and where appropriate, terminate the relationship and report to the responsible national or international authorities.

2018-2019 Modern Slavery Statement