Modern Slavery Statement

Modern Day Slavery Statement 2020

This statement is published by Wool Couture Ltd in support of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 which gives law enforcement the tools to fight modern slavery, ensure perpetrators can receive suitably severe punishments for these appalling crimes and enhance support and protection for victims.

Wool Couture takes its social responsibilities seriously.  We have a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery or human trafficking.  We will not support or deal with any business involved in slavery or human trafficking.  

This statement specifies the steps that the company is taking to ensure that modern slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place in our business or supply chain.  

Who we are and what we do

Wool Couture is a small family business that employs on a permanent basis less than 10 people.  

The business operates from the registered office:

Wool Couture Company Ltd.

The Old Robin Hood

Southmoor Rd

Brierley

Barnsley

South Yorkshire 

UK

Wool Couture Ltd is a company that designs, manufactures and supplies craft kits to the hobby industry and directly to customers through our online website and bricks and mortar store.

The majority of our products are either manufactured by ourselves or bought from suppliers within a 40 mile radius of our business in Yorkshire.  We also procure a small number of products from other areas in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. 

Our supply chain includes yarn providers, wood providers, cotton providers, IT equipment, stationary and print suppliers. 

Risk Assessment and Actions

We have assessed the risk of slavery occurring within our business.  Similar to most retailers, the most likely source of slavery occurring in our business is through the product supply chain. We are attempting to mitigate the risk of Modern Slavery by:

Wool Couture has adopted the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code (ETIBC 2018) and this forms part of our core policies and staff training.  

We have also asked our key suppliers to confirm that they have adopted and are working to the standards outlined in the ETIBC 2018.

For new suppliers we ask them as part of the set up process for evidence that they are compliant with the ETIBC 2018.

During 2020 when our policies are reviewed we will incorporate the ETIBC into our internal policies.  

Our People

As a responsible employer we adhere to all UK employment legislation and we regularly review all of our HR policies.

Our company and employees benefit from a range of policies  which we believe avert modern slavery and support the implementation of the standards outlined in the ETIBC 2018. These policies include Pay and Benefits; Holiday entitlement; Sickness and Injury; Safeguards and Standard; Health, Safety and Welfare; Harassment; Equality, Inclusion and Diversity and Grievance.  

We also have a whistle blowing policy to enable our employees to raise any concerns they have on a confidential basis and for those concerns to be appropriately investigated.

Our employment contracts drives our codes of conduct for all employees.  The contract adheres to the principles of honesty and ethical behaviour from all of our staff that work within Wool Couture Company.

Awareness and Training

We will deliver training and information on the issues of modern slavery and human trafficking regularly at our team meetings.  

We will highlight the issues of modern slavery and human trafficking through emails and dissemination information with our staff.

Measuring Effectiveness

To measure the effectiveness of our policies and procedures against modern slavery and human trafficking we will:

  • monitor the number of staff who have completed training
  • Monitor the number of suppliers who have returned their compliance against the ETIBC 2018

No reports have been received from our staff, the public, our suppliers or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.

This statement covers the period 1 January 2020 – 31st December 2020

The responsible Director for signing off this statement is:

Claire Gelder

Managing Director

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