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SLAVERY & HUMAN TRAFFICKING POLICY

Slavery & Human Trafficking Policy

Policy Statement

The statement sets down Jemsox Limited’s commitment to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our business activities and the steps we have put in place with the aim of ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our own business and supply chains. We all have a duty to be alert to risks, however small. Staff are expected to report their concerns and management to act upon them.

Organisational structure and supply chains

This statement covers the business activities of Jemsox Limited which are as follows:

Jemsox is a specialist sock and hosiery manufacturer and supplier based in the United Kingdom. The Company currently operates in the following countries:

  • United Kingdom
  • European Union
  • Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • China
  • Thailand

Our commitment

Modern slavery is a global issue and requires global action. As an international business we are wholly committed to eliminating modern slavery practices and respecting human rights across both our own operations and our supply chain. We take appropriate action to ensure that all our employees understand our policy of eliminating forced labour, child labour and human trafficking. We expect our suppliers to meet or exceed local legislative requirements and applicable international requirements for workers’ welfare and conditions of employment, such as those set by the International Labour Organization (‘ILO’) and the Ethical Trading Initiative (‘ETI’) and aim to ensure that our suppliers apply these standards within their operations and their own supply chains.

Governance

Corporate Responsibility (CR) of overseen by the Director of HR, who is a member of the executive committee, and sets and oversees implementation of the CR policies and programmes in the whole value chain (sourcing – operations – customers), including those for social risk matters related to our supply chain. The Director of HR is responsible for providing transparency of social risks in our global supply chain and to coordinate and oversee actions planned and taken to mitigate those risks. Further supply chain monitoring is undertaken by our local procurement partners.

Regular reports are submitted to, and reviewed by, the Board of Directors summarising the audits that have been carried out and the material issues that have been identified from such audits and the follow up actions taken to address such issues.

Communication with suppliers

The sustainability of our business is based on building long term partnerships with our suppliers. We continue to ensure that our CR policies, including our requirements relating to modern slavery risks, are communicated and enforced adequately in our supply chain through communication with our suppliers.

Training

To ensure a good understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains, the Company requires all staff to complete the corporate responsibility e-learning modules.

Policies

The Company is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our business or our supply chains. This Statement affirms its intention to act ethically in our business relationships. The following policies set down our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our operations :

  • Whistleblowing policy – the Company encourages all its workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to its direct activities or its supply chains.
  • Company Code of Conduct– The Code of Conduct sets down the actions and behaviour expected of employees when representing the Company.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policies – The Company’s CSR policies summarise how we manage our environmental impact and how we work responsibly with suppliers and local communities.

Due Diligence Processes for Slavery and Human Trafficking

The Company undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. The Company’s due diligence process includes;

  • building long-standing relationships with suppliers and making clear our expectations of business partners;
  • evaluating the modern slavery and human trafficking risks of each new supplier;
  • invoking sanctions against suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with an action plan provided by us, including the termination of the business relationship.

Performance indicators

The Company uses the following key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure how effective we are in ensuring slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains including;

  • requiring all staff to have completed training on modern slavery
  • use of labour monitoring and payroll systems

This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement will be regularly reviewed and updated as necessary. The Board of Directors endorses this policy statement and is fully committed to its implementation.

This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement has been approved and authorised by:

Benjamin Pain, Director, Jemsox Limited

1 July 2021