Modern slavery is a crime and a serious violation of human rights and dignity, taking various forms such as slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. All forms of modern slavery deprive a person’s liberty, leading to exploitation by others for personal or commercial gain. Corderoy recognise that modern slavery is a hidden problem within our society. It is strictly prohibited in our operations and supply chain and we have therefore developed this policy to ensure we act responsibly, understand the risks, and take measures to ensure all of our staff, business partners and supply chain are also aware of these risks and are empowered to take action and raise concerns. By acknowledging this risk and being aware of the challenges, will in turn bring about increased visibility of this, particularly within our supply chains. This will ultimately ensure Corderoy is meeting its obligations to this important issue.
This policy applies to all people working for Corderoy or on our behalf in any capacity, including directors, employees of all levels, consultants, contractors, and business partners. Any employee in breach of this policy is liable to disciplinary action which could ultimately end in dismissal. We will terminate our business relationship with any of our business partners working for us or on our behalf if they breach this policy. This policy does not form part of an employee’s contract of employment and we reserve the right to amend or withdraw it at any time.
Although Corderoy is not required to formally publish a ‘Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement’ in compliance with the Modern Slavery Act (2015), we are committed to our responsibility to the Act and are steadfast in our zero tolerance approach in these matters. This policy demonstrates our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all areas of our business and ensures we have effective control measures in place to ensure that all of our staff, business partners and supply chains uphold our high ethical standards to ensure modern slavery is not taking place within our business or our supply chain. We consistently ensure we prohibit practices known to contribute to the risk of modern slavery, including, but not limited to:
The Managing Director has overall responsibility for Corderoy’s modern slavery initiatives and overall compliance with this policy. Management are responsible for ensuring their staff understand and comply with the policy and that they undertake periodic modern slavery training. The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery within our business and supply chain is the responsibility of all who are working for us or on our behalf. All staff are expected to apply due diligence to spotting signs of modern slavery, within the business or supply chain and to raise such concerns without delay. Any purchasing, including material or labour sourcing placements or decisions that could increase the risk of modern slavery must be thoroughly analysed to ensure the risk is avoided.
All staff must ensure they comply fully with this policy at all times. Staff must avoid any activity that may lead to or infer a breach of this policy. Staff must notify their line manager or Director as soon as possible if they have concerns that a suspected conflict with this policy has occurred or may occur. Staff should report this via the Whistleblowing Policy (which is included within the Staff Handbook). Any member of staff must raise concerns as soon as possible if they are unsure whether a particular act, treatment of a worker/workers, or working conditions within our supply chain constitutes any form of modern slavery. Such concerns should be raised to their line manager or Director. We are committed to openness and transparency at all times within Corderoy and will support any individual raising a concern in good faith and in accordance with this policy. We are committed to ensuring that no-one reporting concerns in this regard will suffer detrimental treatment as a result of a report made in good faith, even if it turns out to be mistaken.
Corderoy take the following measures to ensure modern slavery risks are managed within our business: