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Forced Labor, Trafficking, Slavery

Overview

The Ikoku Services is committed to ensuring work and equivalent activity are based on the consent, dignity and respect of persons, and thus strictly prohibits forced or involuntary labor, human or sex trafficking, and enslavement or slavery.

Therefore, persons engaged in any activity involving, referring to, relating to, or otherwise pertaining to The Ikoku Services are expected to uphold the following:

Labor as Neither Trafficked nor Forced

— that The Ikoku Services shall not traffic persons or use bonded, enslaved, forced, indentured, prison or slave labor.

Work as Voluntary and Consented

— that The Ikoku Services ensure all work is voluntary and engaged in via informed consent.

Work with Contracts Written and Signed

— that The Ikoku Services ensure that each and every employee, partner, worker, contractor, freelancer, volunteer and equivalent agent or third party have and sign a written contract, that such contract clearly convey the specific nature, role, duties and responsibilities as well as terms and conditions of employment or arrangement, relationship and work in a language understood by each signatory, and that the described arrangement, relationship and work commence only after said contract is signed and consented to by each said signatory.

Others with Contracts Written and Signed

— that The Ikoku Services require that each and every paid and unpaid person, agent or third party providing continuous or occasional services to The Ikoku Services — including but not limited to cases of care, consulting, education, research, technical services, training, writing, or other equivalent work or services arrangement — also have and sign a written contract and that such contract clearly convey the specific nature, role, duties and responsibilities as well as terms and conditions of the arrangement, relationship and services in a language understood by each signatory, and that the arrangement, relationship and services commence only after said contract is signed and consented to by each said signatory.

Work with Authorization and Approval

— that The Ikoku Services require and ensure any and all work or equivalent arrangements and their positions are authorized by express written instrument signed and sealed of Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, the sole Founder and Owner.

— that The Ikoku Services require and ensure any and all contracts are approved by express written instrument signed and sealed by Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, the sole Founder and Owner.

Prohibited Employment Practices

— that The Ikoku Services not engage in practices such as the blacklisting, employment, harboring, receipt, recruitment, transportation or transfer of persons by means of abduction, abuse, coercion, deception, duress, force, fraud, manipulation, threat, trickery, or payments (in monies or in kind) to any person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitation.

Prohibited Documents Withholding

— that The Ikoku Services not withhold workers’ original government-issued identification, travel documents, or equivalent papers.

Prohibited Fees Payments

— that The Ikoku Services not require any workers, volunteers, or other agents to pay education, instruction, recruitment, training or wellness fees, or other similar fees, charged by any employers or their agents, to obtain or maintain their employment or other equivalent arrangement.

— that if such fees are found to have been paid by a worker, volunteer, or other agent, such fees shall be repaid to the worker, volunteer, or agent.

Prohibited Movement Restrictions

— that The Ikoku Services not impose on a worker, volunteer, or agent unreasonable restrictions on movement upon entering or exiting company-provided facilities or within workplace areas authorized via contract for their work, training, or other arrangement.

Accordance with Ethics

— that The Ikoku Services ensure following any and all of the above principles further remains in accordance with the Codes and Policies and especially the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics.

Accordance with Mission

— that The Ikoku Services ensure following any and all of the above principles further remains in accordance with the founding mission and purposes of The Ikoku Services and The Ikoku Group, without incompatibility, as described and delineated in the Codes and Policies and the Founder’s Agreement.

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Associated Policies

Provision

As stated earlier, The Ikoku Services User Agreement and Code of Conduct consist of several Codes and Policies that collectively govern all of your activity with, within, for or pertaining to The Ikoku Services (as well as the divisions, series, subsidiaries, and affiliates). By continuing, you indicate that you understand that the Codes and Policies include — but are not limited to — the Founding and Mission Statement, the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics, the Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality, the Terms and Conditions of Use and Service, and the Acceptable Uses Policy along with all Associated Codes and Policies. We provide access to all of the described below.

Founding and Mission

Statement on Founding and Mission of The Ikoku Services (HTML)

Founding Code of Ethics

Founding Code of Ethics (HTML)

Privacy and Confidentiality

Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality (HTML)

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions of Use and Service (HTML)

The Acceptable Uses Policy

Acceptable Use Policy (HTML)

All Policies

All Policies (HTML)

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To Further Consider

Your Knowledge and Agreement

The Ikoku Services strongly recommends you develop and maintain your knowledge of all the Codes and Policies, and so asks that you read, understand, and regularly visit this section and other communications regarding the Policy on Forced Labor, Trafficking and Slavery, as well as the Codes and Policies. The Ikoku Services takes your continued access, activity, communication, engagement, operation, participation, and other use or visiting of the Products and Services, as active indication of your knowledge, understanding, and legally binding acceptance of and agreement to this Policy as well as the Codes and Policies.

Your Duty to Organizational Integrity

With respect to your attendant duty to organizational integrity — and your legally binding agreement to not diminish, interfere, or violate, in any way, its principles, protections, requirements, or rights — you represent and warrant that you understand and shall adhere to the following:

Your Duty to Policy
To protect the organizational integrity of The Ikoku Services and The Ikoku Group — as well as the properties, rights, and protections of the company division and its official persons — The Ikoku Services requires all natural and legal persons concerned to read, understand, abide by and, where applicable, sign contracts and agreements delineated and described in the Policy on Company and Division Integrity.
Your Acceptance of Policy
The Ikoku Services reminds you that the Policy on Company and Division Integrity forms part of The Ikoku Services User Agreement and Code of Conduct. Thus, The Ikoku Services takes your continued engagement in any activity involving, referring, relating, or otherwise pertaining to The Ikoku Services as active indication of your legally binding acceptance of this Policy as well as the Codes and Policies.
Your Acceptance of Sole Ownership
Furthermore, you represent, warrant, and covenant that, given the above, your continuation in using or visiting, in any way, The Ikoku Services, any activities, affairs, areas, assets, offices, parts, properties, sections, or equivalent of The Ikoku Services, any activities, affairs, areas, assets, offices, parts, properties, sections, or equivalent of the divisions, series, subsidiaries, or affiliates, as well as any activities, affairs, areas, assets, offices, parts, properties, sections, or equivalent of the Products or Services, is an active indication of your legally binding acceptance of the sole administration, control, management, and ownership of The Ikoku Services by the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, as further described in the Policy on Company and Division Integrity.

And you further legally accept and agree that no application, interpretation, judgment, or other compliance, proceeding, or reading from, of, with, or otherwise relating to the Founding Ethics, the Codes and Policies, or any equivalent code, policy, or other document or material shall, in any way, entail any abrogation, diminishment, interference, or violation pertaining to any of the terms, conditions, principles, requirements, rights — including the attendant properties and protections — of company and organizational integrity.

Your Questions and Feedback

Please contact policies@ikokuservices.com with any feedback, issues, or questions — to be addressed to and by the President, CEO and Chair, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku.

Your Reporting of Violations

If you detect, notice, become aware of, or are informed of a possible breach or violation of this Policy or any of the Codes and Policies, please contact policies@ikokuservices.com with any details you have — to be addressed to and by the President, CEO and Chair, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku.

The Definitions

As with all official documents, materials, policies, and statements of The Ikoku Group, definitions for terms used here can be found in the main Codes and Policies section.

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Peace and Respect, Women's March, Boston, USA, 2017, (Alice Donovan Rouse)
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Also at the Division

The Ikoku Services and its parent company, The Ikoku Group, are dedicated to developing, providing and safekeeping ideas and solutions — with the mission to foster care and creativity, culture and communities, ethics and innovation in lives and societies. And so in accordance with the above, The Ikoku Group and Ikoku Services provide the following:

I.

A Company of and about Ethics

A company and division whose ethics and policies are carefully crafted, then adhered to by a range of individuals and entities working in varied relation to The Ikoku Group and The Ikoku Services to establish, develop and operate a private company dedicated to fostering care and creativity, ethics and innovation.

II.

Built with Integrity and Respect in Mind

A company and division who take as their basis the most robust conceptions of humanity, integrity and respect as well as independence and fundamental freedoms, liberties and rights — up to and beyond what the law protects and provides for — as they carry out and embody their founding and core mission and purposes.

III.

Areas of Focus Chosen for Mission and Work

And a company and division whose areas of focus have been expressly chosen to ensure attention to issues of enduring concern to the Founder — and so committed to providing products, services, sites and spaces that remain safe, secure and respectful places to do work, to teach and learn, to form, inform and, where needed, transform local and global communities.

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