Modern slavery is an unquestionable and indefensible violation of an individual’s basic human rights. Sedgewall recognises that as a commercial organisation it has a moral and social responsibility to take a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery in all forms.
It is committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our corporate activities, and to ensuring, as far as we are able, that our supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
Scope of Policy & Current Activity:
We undertake due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and continually review our existing suppliers. This due diligence incudes:
- Understanding our supply chain so as to identify and assess particular product or geographical risks of modern slavery and human trafficking.
- Terminating our relationship with suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with an action plan or violate our supplier code of conduct.
We insist upon the following in our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our operations:
Whistleblowing– we encourage all our employees, to report any concerns relating to unlawful conduct, malpractice, dangers to the public, or the environment, and any other matter of a serious nature
Quality and Sustainability – we are committed to ensuring that our suppliers adhere to the highest standards of ethics. Suppliers are required to provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and act ethically and within the law in their use of labour. Serious violations of the Company’s Quality and Sustainability standard can lead to the termination of the business relationship.
Anti Bribery & Corruption Policy – our policy sets out the core values which we expect to be observed throughout the Company. The policy specifically mentions the Bribery Act.
Sedgewall requires all employees working in supply chain management and relevant roles to be aware of the methods on how to assess the risk of slavery and human trafficking in relation to various aspects of the business, how employees can identify the signs of slavery and human trafficking and what should be done if this activity is suspected.