COUCHBASE MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING STATEMENT
Purpose of this Statement
This statement is made by Couchbase, Inc. and its subsidiary Couchbase Limited (collectively, "Couchbase") pursuant to section 54(1) of the United Kingdom Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Couchbase is committed to the protection of human rights globally and to providing a fair and ethical workplace. We respect the standards embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization conventions.
Specifically, Couchbase is strongly opposed to slavery and human trafficking and will not knowingly support or conduct business with any organization involved in such activities. Couchbase strives to ensure that its employees and suppliers across the globe follow applicable laws and regulations, including the UK Modern Slavery Act.
Business Activities and Organization
Couchbase is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. We are a global organization with subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Israel, India and Japan. More information about us can be found at www.couchbase.com.
Couchbase is an award-winning software company that develops and licenses an enterprise-class NoSQL multicloud-to-edge database, delivering versatility, performance, scalability, and financial value across cloud, on-premises, hybrid, distributed cloud, and edge computing deployments. Couchbase successfully provides products and services to companies operating business-critical applications, ranging from small businesses to global enterprises across every industry.
Values and Employees
Couchbase fosters the highest level of integrity throughout all areas of its business by promoting the Couchbase Values:
- Be a Good Human, Always.
- Act with Uncompromising Integrity, Period.
- Serve Your Family, As Defined By You.
- Attack Hard Problems, Driven By Customer Outcomes.
- Play to Win, Together.
- Make Tomorrow Better Than Today, Start Now.
Couchbase is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all its employees. Couchbase offers a broad range of benefits to its employees and supports global wellness initiatives. To keep employees apprised of their benefits, Couchbase provides employees access to information regarding employee policies, as well as Human Resources specialists who are available to address employee concerns and issues.
Couchbase operates a number of internal policies and processes to ensure that it is conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. At least annually, Couchbase’s internal compliance team reports to the Board of Directors and/or an applicable committee of the Board of Directors on various compliance policies and processes, including:
- Code of Business Conduct and Ethics. All Couchbase officers, directors, employees and contractors/consultants are required to comply with Couchbase’s code of conduct, which requires compliance with applicable laws, including those prohibiting forced labor, slavery, human trafficking and other human rights violations.
- Whistleblowing Policy. Couchbase’s whistleblowing policy encourages all employees, officers, directors, and contractors/consultants to raise good faith concerns about how colleagues are being treated, practices within our business or supply chain, or violation of any law or Couchbase policies, without fear of reprisals. Couchbase does not tolerate retaliation against individuals who make good faith reports of misconduct, unethical business practices or the violation of any law or Couchbase policies.
Couchbase has a robust recruitment process, effectively attracting, training, and integrating a large number of new employees, including conducting eligibility to work in the country of employment checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
Suppliers and Partners
Couchbase conducts business worldwide, and manages its supplier relationships, including those involving technology hardware, software applications, technology services, travel-related services, consultancy and other services.
Couchbase’s suppliers and partners are predominantly based in the United States and Europe. Couchbase expects that its suppliers and partners will not tolerate any form of exploitation in their business or any part of their supply chain.
Couchbase is committed to acting in accordance with applicable law and requests its suppliers and partners to maintain at least the same standards by complying with Couchbase’s Code of Conduct for Partners and Suppliers (“Supplier Code”). The Supplier Code requires Couchbase’s suppliers and partners to comply with all applicable laws, which includes the UK Modern Slavery Act. Couchbase also may request certain suppliers and partners to certify that they have implemented a code of conduct with the same effect. Couchbase’s suppliers and partners are required to report any violation of the Supplier Code or issues related to slavery or human trafficking to the Couchbase Legal Department to ensure that appropriate measures are taken.
Effective Action To Address Modern Slavery
Couchbase has taken the following actions to address Modern Slavery:
- Ethics and Compliance Policies: Couchbase updated its code of conduct and whistleblowing policies in connection with its initial public offering and continues to annually review the code of conduct with its Board of Directors.
- Employee Training Programme: Couchbase provides an annual training programme on its code of conduct to Couchbase employees and employees must annually acknowledge such code of conduct.
- Supplier and Partner Relationships:
(i) all suppliers and partners are subject to legal terms and conditions with Couchbase and are requested to comply with the Supplier Code; and
(ii) Couchbase conducts risk-based due diligence on suppliers and partners through a procured database tool that assesses heightened risks in individuals and organizations around the world.
Couchbase can continue to improve its operational and management systems and controls by, among other things:
(i) continually improving its annual compliance training program for Couchbase employees; and
(ii) continually assessing and improving the effectiveness of ethics and compliance programs within Couchbase.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Couchbase's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending January 31, 2023. This statement was approved by the Board of Directors of Couchbase Limited on 18 May 2022 and Couchbase, Inc. on 2 June 2022 and was signed by:
Chief Executive Officer
Date: 7 June 2022