This statement is made by Jo-y-Jo Limited.
We recognise that we have a responsibility to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking both within our business and in our supply chain. We are committed to making a positive contribution to preventing modern slavery and human trafficking by developing and implementing business practices that allow us to reach our commercial goals whilst conducting our business operations in a responsible manner. We are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking.
Our Structure and Business
We are a manufacturer of knitwear, slippers and swimwear in the fashion sector. We have 27 permanent employees and operate in the United Kingdom. Our largest customer bases are in the United Kingdom, USA and central Europe.
We have a global annual turnover of approximately £37 million.
We are part of an International group structure.
Our Supply Chains
Our supply chains include a large number of suppliers covering raw materials, manufacturing and logistics as well as goods and services not for resale such as equipment used in our offices, IT equipment, utilities and waste services, marketing, advertising, accounting, legal and other professional services, recruitment and training.
Our suppliers vary in terms of their size, expertise and industry and many of those will also be reliant on their own supply chain in order to be able to supply goods or services to us.
Our supply chain predominately consists of factories that we work with in Cambodia, Bangladesh and China. The factories we work with manufacture the products which we then sell to our customers. We have a good working relationship with our factories, all of which we have worked with for a significant number of years.
Our Policies on Slavery and Human Trafficking
We recognise that our supply chain predominately operates in countries where the risk of modern slavery, child labour and human trafficking occurring is higher than it is in most other countries. However, we are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.
Due Diligence Processes for Slavery and Human Trafficking
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we work closely with our customers and suppliers. The vast majority of our customers are large household retail names. Therefore, the supply contracts that we are required to sign prior to commencing work with our customers include strict terms and conditions regarding ethical standards.
For example, the terms and conditions require that regular audits are carried out on the factories that we work with, which includes an ethical audit. In order to complete an ethical audit a representative from the customer, or a third party auditor will visit the factories to ensure that they are adhering to the ethical standards that we agreed to under the terms of the contract with our customer. The results of the audits provide us with confidence that modern slavery and human trafficking are not occurring in our supply chain.
However, if our employees thought that there was a risk of modern slavery or human trafficking either in our business or in our supply chain, we believe that our positive working culture has created an open door policy within our business, whereby our employees would feel able to report such a risk.
In order to further prevent modern slavery in our business and supply chain we are currently reviewing our systems and procedures to:
· Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains.
· Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains.
· Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.
· Protect whistle blowers in light of our Whistleblowing Policy.
We are also currently developing a policy to ensure that our employees are aware of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking and how any risks should be reported.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we shall review the need for training to our staff on relevant issues.
Our Effectiveness in Combating Slavery and Human Trafficking
We will use key performance indicators to monitor the effectiveness of our practices to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our business or supply chains.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2019.
Signed by Timothy Densem, a Director: