Despite modern society’s many advances, the twin blights of slavery and human trafficking remain one of the last lingering threats to a civilised society.
This statement sets out The Garage Door Company outright opposition to all such practices and emphasises our commitment to constantly auditing our activities and suppliers in order to ensure that all forms of modern slavery are eliminated from our business and supply chains. Our Purchasing and Stock Control Manager has overall responsibility for monitoring our suppliers and our Supply Chain Verification Program. The manager works with suppliers at every point of contact to ensure that our stringent standards are met. In addition, all staff have a responsibility to be alert to the risks in our business and in the wider supply chain. A mandatory reporting process is being developed, and all concerns – however small – will be reported up the line. Management at all levels will commit to acting on those concerns.
2. OUR STRUCTURE
We are a manufacturer of domestic garage doors at our head office in Luton and then also import a range of other products and components from parent company and other suppliers largely from other EU countries.
Our UK manufacturing operations are based in Luton which is largely split into three main functions of Production, Sales and Head Office staff.
3. SUPPLY CHAINS
We work with companies from all over the world in bringing our diverse range of products to the consumer. Our supply chains are predicated on our requirement to source raw and processed materials principally related to the manufacture through forming and manufacturing of parts which are subsequently assembled into final product at our UK site. Our suppliers range from small local manufacturers and service companies to multi-national businesses and we demand the highest of standards from them all, not only in the quality of the products and services they deliver to us but also in the conditions that they are made in.
4. CONTROLLING & IDENTIFYING RISKS
Within our own operations, the risk of slavery and human trafficking is controlled as a result of our strict policies and procedures, the oversight built into our operations, and the knowledge and skills of our staff.
Externally, our Introduction of Suppliers Program ensures risk assessment on the basis of a number of factors including risk indices pertaining to human rights, the level of supply chain control, external governance factors and levels of political stability. Without exception, we expect all of our suppliers to commit to the highest possible standards in their employment practices. If they are found to be failing then we will challenge them, and if they are then still unable to meet our stringent standards we will source product elsewhere.
5. OTHER POLICIES ON SLAVERY & HUMAN TRAFFICKING
We are committed to ensuring that modern slavery and human trafficking are not tolerated in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our modern slavery policy sits alongside our corporate social responsibility policy and reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships.
In addition, we have a solid structure of existing policies and procedures which support our commitment and are relevant to preventing human trafficking and modern slavery. These include:
- Young Workers policy
- Equal Opportunities policy;
- Work safe policy;
- Anti-Bribery policy;
- Recruitment and new starter procedure
6. HIGH RISK ACTIVITIES
The main risk to the implementation of this policy is geographical. In order to minimise this, the Supply Chain Team maintains consistent contact with suppliers who are aware that they may be challenged at any time.
7. OUR EFFECTIVENESS
Modern slavery is a regular agenda item at our senior management team meetings. Any breach of this policy will be treated as a non-compliance and will remain as an agenda item until it has been fully dealt with. Any learning points will be fed back to the supply chain team and incorporated into their processes.
During each financial year we will also:
- require all staff who have any contact with our supply chains to have completed training on modern slavery;
- review our supply chain verification program to ensure that all potential suppliers’ employment practices are fully audited before they enter the supply chain;
- ensure that all suppliers are challenged on a regular basis to ensure that they meet our exacting standards. The main risk to the implementation of this policy is geographical. In order to minimise this, the Supply Chain Team maintains consistent contact with suppliers who are aware that they may be challenged at any time.
Date: 9th July 2021