1. Structure, business and supply chain
Storeline UK Ltd is one of the largest ecommerce sites in the UK, partnering with global suppliers. We have no recorded incidents of modern slavery, however, to protect staff in our supply chain we have produced guidelines on modern slavery that we require our suppliers to follow.
We are serious about our brand because it’s part of our identity and so is our commitment to corporate social responsibility. We believe transparency is the best way we can ensure the public that we are doing our best as an ethical corporate citizen. In that spirit, we have published our annual statement for slavery and human trafficking, made in compliance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, in which we explain how slavery and human trafficking can affect our business and the steps we are taking in the fight against it. This slavery and human trafficking statement also addresses the steps taken by any of our official subsidiaries. This statement is intended to fulfil the legal requirement for a slavery and human trafficking statement on behalf of all companies within the Storeline UK group, as relevant.
Storeline UK Ltd is headquartered in East Yorkshire and sells its products throughout the United Kingdom. Our product range is diverse and the materials are sourced globally. This means it is impossible to oversee all of our partner operations, however, we only partner with ethical organizations to ensure employee safety. Where possible, we engage suppliers who have relationships with existing suppliers so that we can contain our supplier network and improve consistency in ethical practices throughout the supply chain. For a more detailed breakdown of our supply chain composition, please email email@example.com.
Building on our existing policies and our commitment to the Ethical Trading Initiative, we have embraced the requirement to publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement. This will allow us to share our efforts against slavery and human trafficking and improve and measure our success each financial year. In the past year, we took the following key steps to ensure slavery and human trafficking did not occur within our organization or supply chain.
2. Slavery and human trafficking policies
- Relationships: Strengthening our supplier engagement process
- Feedback: Establishing grievance mechanisms and channels for individual worker feedback
- Knowledge: Improving our knowledge base by collecting relevant data and improving product traceability
- Third party engagement: Building strategic alliances with independent social auditors, unions and NGOs
- Measurable change: Developing verifiable KPIs to measure progress
- Supplier collaboration: Encouraging suppliers to collaborate to address slavery and human trafficking issues
- Incentivization: Developing mechanisms to incentivize employees and suppliers to address slavery and human trafficking and improve labour standards
- Accountability: Establishing a framework for organization accountability to allow for raising issues, making suggestions, voicing grievances and reporting slavery and human trafficking
3. Due diligence procedures
We understand that our biggest exposure to Modern Slavery is in our product supply chains, where we have undertaken activity over the last decade to minimize the risk of Modern Slavery. Within these areas, new suppliers and factories/sites are subject to due diligence checks in the form of ethical/compliance audits. Such audits are also regularly conducted for existing suppliers and factories/sites by our drop shipping partners. These audits assess compliance with the Global Sourcing Principles and are, amongst other things, intended to identify any Modern Slavery practices. If issues are identified, appropriate investigative and remedial actions will be taken.
4. Identifying, assessing and managing risk
We set out to identify the extent of any slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains by recommending suppliers:
- Conduct 30 internal spot-checks at factories in Asia
- Engage third party auditors to conduct social audits at 5 supplier sites
- Interviewing 200 workers to discuss their conditions and their rights
- Collaborate with 2 of our suppliers to develop an improvement plan to address new and previously identified slavery and human trafficking issues
- Instituting an annual review questionnaire for existing suppliers to understand suppliers’ self-assessment of slavery and human trafficking issues, allowing us to better identify slavery and human trafficking issues as they develop over time and to collect supplier-provided data to track improvement in suppliers’ attitudes.
We discovered slavery and human trafficking to be most prevalent in the parts of our supply chain involved in manufacturing in Asia. Reducing the incidence of slavery and human trafficking within our supply chain will be our focus point for the next financial year.
5. Key performance indicators
In order to assess the effectiveness of our modern slavery measures we will be reviewing the following key performance indicators:
- Staff training levels
- Number of slavery incidents reported in the supply chain
About this statement
This statement was prepared by VinciWorks, a leading provider of compliance training to over 80,000 people around the world. VinciWorks released a free guide to compliance with the Modern slavery Act and a new online modern slavery course. To learn more please visit www.vinciworks.com/modernslavery.