Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement from The Fair Trade Store.
The Fair Trade Store operates in England, UK and is committed to ensuring the business and its supply chains are free of slavery and human trafficking.
The Fair Trade Store acknowledges responsibility to comply with all principles of the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015, which addresses ‘slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour’ and ‘human trafficking’ in supply chains.
The Fair Trade Store will perform due diligence to provide transparency throughout the business. As a Sole Trader and owner of The Fair Trade Store, I (Paul Wolfenden) am satisfied there is no evidence of any act of modern day slavery or human trafficking within my business.
The slavery act applies not only to my business, but also to my UK-based suppliers, sub-contractors and other business partners.
As a Fair Trade business, and a member of BAFTS, there is commitment to legal compliance, ethical standards and fundamental human rights. (BAFTS Fair Trade Network UK is the trading name of the British Association of Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers)
To satisfy the requirement, I expect all of my suppliers to be able to provide evidence of compliance to this code of conduct and agreeing to the following statement:
“The contractor warrants that it has thoroughly investigated its labour practices and those of its direct suppliers to ensure that there is no slavery or forced labour used anywhere in its organisation or used in any of its direct suppliers’ or subcontractors’ organisation. The contractor further warrants that it has put in place all necessary processes, procedures, investigations and compliance systems to ensure that the warranties made above will continue to be the case at all times. I reserve the right to audit your supply chain at any time, with prior notice, if I have reason to suspect that the above requirements have not been met.”
The Fair Trade Store will not knowingly support or deal with any businesses involved in slavery or human trafficking.
As the business owner, I will take responsibility of implementing this policy and its objectives and will provide the necessary resources to ensure that its practices are effective in ensuring that modern day slavery and human trafficking is not taking place.
Paul Wolfenden, Owner, The Fair Trade Store.