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The Modern Slavery Act 2015
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 was approved by the UK Government in March 2015 and, in short, addresses the crimes of holding another person in slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour or trafficking a person. Although organisations are not obliged to respond to the Act, an amendment in October 2015 known as the “Transparency in Supply Chain Provisions” requires businesses with an annual turnover above £36 million, to publish an annual statement. This statement should either confirm the steps taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in their business or supply chain or declare that no steps to confirm the existence of slavery or trafficking have been taken.
As a direct response to the act we have put in place a Global Stone Supplier Code of Conduct where our suppliers are asked to adhere to our required standards. Our rolling Supplier Audit Programme has been updated to specifically include references to the Act and has already been implemented. Our Indian suppliers have been audited, co-operating openly and providing a wide range of evidence to support their trading position. This information le and will be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure compliance and provide a basis to assess for continuous improvement. We will continue to rollout across all our suppliers throughout the year.
Global Stone continue to do all that we can ensure that our suppliers have employees who could be not be considered a slave, in servitude, forced into compulsory labour or be a victim of human trafficking.
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