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Joseph Joseph Group and its subsidiaries (“the Company”) is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our business or supply chains; and to preventing modern slavery and human trafficking in our corporate activities. This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the potential risks related to our business, the steps that we have taken during the financial year ending 31 May 2018 and will continue to take, to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking are not taking place within any part of our business.
Joseph Joseph is a global brand, providing homeware products to customers and consumers worldwide. Business activities include the design, development, sourcing, manufacture, transport and sale of products. Our headquarters are in London, UK.
We source finished goods (“Tier 1”) from factories in China. We also work directly with a number of component, material and packaging suppliers (“Tier 2”) also based in China. We have established long-term relationships with several of our partners and have built these relationships over many years in most cases. This enables us to gain a deeper understanding of the issues faced by our suppliers.
The primary risk for our business is in association with our supply chain suppliers from countries outside of the UK, particularly those based in Asia-Pacific countries. As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk in our supply chains, we undertake due diligence on suppliers. We have our own employed staff within Asia that regularly visit our supply base.
We undertake due diligence when considering new suppliers to take on and regularly review our existing suppliers. We assess our supply chain to evaluate particular geographical risks of modern slavery and human trafficking. We work closely with our suppliers to understand their production processes and we make it a contractual requirement that all suppliers (Tier 1 and Tier 2), retailers and distributors we do business with to sign our Service level agreements which includes our Code of Conduct. Employees from our London head office alongside our Hong Kong based staff regularly visit all our key suppliers. This gives us invaluable insight into working practices, processes and conditions across our supply base, allowing us to spot potential issues relating to modern slavery and human trafficking. In most cases we operate in shared factory environments. We work with our industry partners in spotting and addressing modern slavery and human trafficking issues.
We analyse the outcome of supplier visits and decide what action, if any, needs to be taken, including providing advice to suppliers through our third-party auditors; requiring, where necessary, the factory to implement corrective action plans. Should suppliers fail to take appropriate action on any corrective measures or where they seriously violate our Code of Conduct, we would consider invoking sanctions against them or terminating the business relationship.
In each country where we employ staff, we ensure our compliance with the relevant employment legislation. We recruit and select our own workers, with the help of reputable recruitment agents, and determine the terms and conditions of their employment. Employees/ workers are free to accept or reject any employment offers made. As part of our recruitment process Joseph Joseph or the agency we work with undertake checks on all workers to verify their identity, age and eligibility to work in that country.
We always aim to pay our workers a reasonable and fair wage for the job they are doing, and this will be at or above the legal minimum wage in the country they are employed.
The Company encourages all its workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, the organisation. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. The Company’s whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation.
We are committed to ensuring that our suppliers adhere to the highest standards of ethics. We require all key supply chain suppliers to sign our Service level agreements which contains our code of conduct, which mandates the following:
Suppliers are required to demonstrate that they:
We work with suppliers to ensure that they meet the standards of the Code and improve their workers’ working conditions. Serious violations of our Code of Conduct would lead to the termination of the business relationship.
As part of our efforts to identify and mitigate the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking, this year we have made progress with the following:
We have reviewed our key policies and processes, and as part of our efforts to identify and mitigate the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking, we shall take the following further steps:
We will not support or deal with any business knowingly involved in modern slavery and human trafficking.
This statement has been approved by the Board of Directors.