MODERN SLAVERY & HUMAN TRAFFICKING STATEMENT FOR FINANCIAL YEAR 2017
Alsico Laucuba Limited continues to design and supply workwear to a wide range of organisations in the UK, these include laundries who rent out uniform clothing, distributors and wholesalers, along with industrial companies and other organisations which choose to purchase workwear direct.
Alsico Laucuba is located in Preston and is part of the Alsico group which trades globally and whose headquarters are based in Belgium. The Alsico group has a large number of manufacturing locations and sales offices spread across predominately Europe and Asia.
In 2017 we supplied our customers using product manufactured primarily in group owned manufacturing locations in Laos, Madagascar and Morocco. Some smaller volume or specialist product groups are manufactured in Bangladesh. Raw materials are specified by Alsico Laucuba and purchased from preferred or contracted manufacturers.
Our workforce in the UK is made up of permanent employees employed directly by Alsico in either full or part-time roles with contracted hours. Employees in manufacturing locations used by us are also permanent employees, again employed directly by the manufacturing company. In 2017 a minority of locations used a migrant labour force and provided accommodation for those workers.
Our policy relating to ethical trading has been aligned to the principles of the ETI Base Code and we use these principles to drive our activity in terms of ethical trading. Each supplier to Alsico is required to produce its own ethical trading policy and is audited independently to SEDEX criteria.
As in 2016 we endeavour to forge partnerships with our suppliers to ensure transparency and compliance around modern slavery and human trafficking. Suppliers are made aware of our requirements and our expectation that we will monitor and continually assess compliance in our supply partners.
We expect suppliers to communicate our requirements to their workforces so that they too, can understand our commitment to this principle of transparency and compliance.
We continue to recognise the inherent risks associated with garment production and the geographical areas in which we work and we have worked hard in 2017 to ensure we have the fullest knowledge of our suppliers and the risks for modern slavery that exist within those organisations.
Most of our product suppliers are owned by the Alsico group and so we are in a position to drive both change and compliance. Our visits to suppliers are regular and often, which allows an in-depth knowledge of these organisations to develop. We are working with these suppliers to raise awareness of the risks of modern slavery in their supply chains and to ensure that we offer help and support where we can, to identify signs of risk and investigate root causes.
The Board of Alsico Laucuba Ltd is committed to the work of the company in this area and is determined to ensure that the resource and capacity required for this work to be successful is made available.
We understand the need to recognise the value of remediation and are committed to appropriate action where required.
New suppliers are clearly an area where risk is exacerbated and we work with potential suppliers to evaluate their practices and compliance with our ethical trading policy. We are looking for suppliers who will work with us to improve working conditions for their workforce and endeavour to eradicate the risk of modern slavery within their own organisation and their supply chain.
We believe that we are not seeing current evidence of modern slavery or human trafficking within our immediate supply chain but we recognise that this is a dynamic and fluid situation in which we are involved.
It is our ambition for 2018 to continue to support suppliers in improving working conditions.
We will endeavour to ensure that we have a clear picture of our immediate supply chain and understand where risk, in terms of modern slavery, may occur.
Alsico Laucuba Ltd aims to become a foundation member of the ETI in 2018.
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