Under Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 UK (GB and NI) there is a statutory obligation for increased transparency in supply chains, and requires any organisation, in any part of a group structure that supplies goods or services with a turnover of £36 million or more to produce a “slavery and human trafficking statement” each financial year. Such an organisation has an obligation to make a statement within 6 months of their year-end, indicating their position, policies, and diligence in relation to modern slavery.
This is our first year of producing a Modern Slavery statement on behalf of the group. This statement is for the 12 months period to 30 September 2021. This statement is published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps taken by the Bedeck Group of companies during the financial year ending 30 September 2021 to seek to prevent modern slavery in its business and supply chains.
The Bedeck Group
The Bedeck Group has a UK Head Office based in Northern Ireland that includes design, sales, warehouse, administration and technical staff. We hold and distribute stock from these facilities with over 100 colleagues onsite.
We also operate over 50 retail stores and concessions located across UK and Ireland that employ over 200 colleagues.
Our supply chain includes Portugal, UK, Ireland, India, Pakistan and China which is managed by our offices in Northern Ireland and agents located in each country. This amounts to around 40 home textile facilities worldwide.
The Bedeck Group Ethical Approach
It is a priority for The Bedeck Group to ensure that we trade ethically, source responsibly and work to prevent modern slavery throughout our organisation and in our supply chain. Bedeck respects and values its colleagues and expects their partners to do so as well.
We have always worked hard to make sure our supply chain shares our values and prefer suppliers who have achieved recognised international standards in this regard such as SMETA, Responsible Down Standard (RDS) or BSCI. Many of our suppliers are members of SEDEX and have been for some time.
The Bedeck Group Board of Directors acknowledges our responsibilities in relation to ethical business activity and tackling modern slavery within our supply chain and business. Our policies and our interaction with colleagues, as well as suppliers and customers, continues to reflect our commitment to acting ethically in all our operational matters. We will review our approach annually in compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and will continue to monitor such compliance.
As part of our modern slavery due diligence, we have taken the following steps:
- Undertaken ad hoc assessments of areas within our businesses and supply chains with particular focus on child labour, health and safety, workers’ rights, diversity and minimum pay and
- Taken steps to assess and manage the risk identified including:
- Reviewing our supply chain and joining SEDEX to improve the visibility in our supply chain
- Providing training to members of our team, management and board members
Assessing And Managing Risk
The Bedeck Group Board of Directors is responsible for producing an annual modern slavery statement, report and ensuring compliance. We will continue to monitor compliance with the Modern Slavery Act in our supply chain and our business.
The purpose of training is to ensure that our employees have an understanding of modern slavery which may occur in our business or supply chains. Modern Slavery training has been developed and is being rolled out within the group at an appropriate level.
The Bedeck Group Board of Directors acknowledge their responsibilities in relation to ethical business activity and tackling modern slavery within the supply chain and business. We are committed to do the right thing with all our stakeholders so that we deliver the high quality, responsibly sourced product our customers expect. We will continue to work hard to be open and honest in the way we do business and ensure that ethical compliance and labour standards remain a principal driver in our sourcing policies.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in relation to the financial year ended July 2020.
Joint Managing Director
Joint Managing Director