Our statement

This statement is made pursuant to S54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) and sets out the steps that the Company has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain. The Company operates a zero-tolerance policy towards forced labour and slavery.

The Company's operations are conducted in compliance with the Act and Article 4 of the European Convention of Human Rights. The Company has considered where its business and supply chains are most at risk of encountering modern slavery and reviewed  the existing controls and processes and their effectiveness in guarding against modern slavery.

Our business

Wigglesworth & Co. Limited (“The Company”) is engaged in the international merchanting of natural fibres and their related products based in the United Kingdom.

Our policies and processes

All employees of the Company are based in the United Kingdom on standard contracts and terms and conditions of employment. All employees work for the Company of their own free will and no employees are employed on zero hours contracts.

Our suppliers

The Company operates a supplier policy and maintains a preferred supplier list. Due diligence is conducted on all suppliers before they become preferred suppliers. This includes online searches to ensure that a particular organisation has never been convicted of offences relating to modern slavery. The Company’s anti-slavery policy forms part of the contract with all suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.

Our performance indicators

The Company will know the effectiveness of the steps taken to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain if there are no reports received from employees, the public or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.

This statement was approved by the Board of Directors on 13 July 2018

Paula Brazier

Managing Director

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