Anti Slavery And Human Trafficking Supply Chain Policy
Ulster Weavers is committed to putting in place, steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and in its supply chains. The Company recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking.
- SUPPLY CHAINS
The Company currently sources product from Pakistan, China, India and Bangladesh. All factories are visited by a Representative of the Company prior to placing any orders.
All suppliers are issued with and are expected to comply with the company’s Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy and Ethical Trading Policy.
The Company is committed to ensuring that its suppliers adhere to the highest standards of ethics and to its Ethical Trading Policy. Suppliers are required to demonstrate that they provide safe working conditions and that they are committed to working to the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code and to ongoing improvements to employee working conditions.
Serious violations of the Company’s Ethical Trading Policy will lead to the termination of the business relationship.
- DUE DILIGENCE CHECKS
The Company undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. The due diligence and reviews include the following actions:
- mapping the supply chain broadly to assess particular product or geographical risks of modern slavery and human trafficking;
- reviewing on a regular basis all aspects of the supply chain based on the supply chain mapping;
- evaluating the modern slavery and human trafficking risks of each new supplier with a SMETA audit;
- conducting annual supplier audits or assessments through SMETA, which has been updated to include new guidance around freely chosen employment and workers’ rights.
- creating an annual risk profile for each supplier based on a non-compliance report;
- taking steps to improve substandard suppliers' practices, including providing advice to suppliers through the non-compliance report and requiring them to implement action plans;
- participating in collaborative initiatives focused on human rights in general, and slavery and human trafficking in particular through ‘Stronger Together’ or SMETA;
- invoking sanctions against suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with an action plan or seriously violate our supplier code of conduct, including the termination of the business relationship.