1. Company Statement
UK-China Trading is committed to preventing acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within its business and supply chain, and imposes the same high standards on its suppliers. We commit to uphold the principles of the United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery Act 2015, both within the firm and through its relationships with clients and associates.
2. Structure of the Organisation
UK-China Trading is a United Kingdom company (No. 07390224) having its registered office at 50 Princes Street, Ipswich, England, IP1 1RJ. Our shareholders are all employees of UK-China Trading.
The majority of UK-China Trading employees are employed directly and on a permanent basis. Recruitment takes place through reputable agencies and on the basis of referrals from employees within our firm. The identity and right to work in their place of business of all our employees is checked.
As part of our commitment to combating modern slavery, UK-China Trading:
- Has an active policy regarding slavery and human trafficking
- Pays staff fairly for their work and above the United Kingdom’s minimum wage
- Acts ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships
- Identifies, assesses and monitors potential risk areas in our supply chains to mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring
- Protects whistle blowers
We also ensure our suppliers are aware of our policies, and adhere to the same high standards, and we are taking steps to draw this statement and our policy to the attention of our suppliers.
4. Risk and Compliance
UK-China Trading evaluates the nature and extent of its exposure to the risk of modern slavery occurring in its supply chain. Our supply chain outside the United Kingdom that produces our products are all manufactured in factories that meet the ethical standards. These standards are confirmed through independent audits and further checks are made through Anhui YiBo Products Limited, the Chinese Trading Company we use for the majority of our Chinese imports. We require that all our suppliers adhere to our anti-slavery Policy. Where we conduct factory inspections or audits, we look for adherence for;
- To local and national laws
- Freedom of workers’ movement and to terminate employment
- Freedom of association
- Prohibits any threat of violence, harassment and intimidation
- Prohibits the use of worker-paid recruitment fees
- Prohibits compulsory overtime
- Prohibits child labour
- Prohibits discrimination
- Prohibits confiscation of workers’ original identification documents
- Provides access to remedy, compensation and justice for victims of modern slavery
If we were to find evidence of a failure to comply with our policies on this and other matters (e.g. bribery or corruption) we would immediately seek to terminate our relationship with the relevant supplier.
Because we consider our business to be at relatively low risk of being involved with slavery and human trafficking, we do not have a specific training programme for our staff beyond making known to them on a regular basis our policy on this and other matters. Employees are encouraged to identify and report any potential breaches of our anti-slavery and human trafficking policy. They are required to comply with our bribery and corruption policy.
6. Further Actions and Sign-Off
Following our review of our actions this financial year (ending 30th September 2020), we are satisfied that our business continues to pose little opportunity for human exploitation, either directly within UK-China Trading and through interactions with our suppliers.
This statement, approved by the Board of UK-China Trading, is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes UK-China Trading’s slavery and human trafficking statement.
Signed by: Damien O’Looney
Date: 20 November 2014
Last reviewed: 26 August 2021