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Modern Slavery Act 2015

Introduction

County Office Supplies Ltd is a privately owned office and furniture product supplier. We have an annual turnover that exceeds £2M and the pricipal activity of our business is suppling office products and furniture to our customers in the UK Our head office is based in Newhaven, East Sussex, UK.

This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, agents, contractors and suppliers.

As an organisation we understand that modern slavery is a violation of fundamental human rights and a serious crime. We recognise that people may be deprived of their liberties by another to exploit them for personal or commercial gain which constitutes modern slavery no matter the form it takes (human trafficking, slavery, servitude, or forced and compulsory labour).

At County Office Supplies Ltd we have zero-tolerance for all forms of servitude and forced and compulsory labour including, but not exclusive to, modern slavery and human trafficking within our business and supply chain. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all business activities in full support of the government’s objectives to eradicate modern slavery. As a business we have ensured the implementation of effective systems and controls to safeguard against any form of modern slavery, corruption, or bribery taking place within our business.

Our Supply Chains

Due to the nature of our business, we assess ourselves to have a low risk of modern slavery in our business and supply chains. Our supply chains are limited and we procure goods and services from a restricted range of UK and overseas suppliers, mainly through UK government frameworks. Our supply chains include the sourcing of office products, office furniture and similar related products predominately from UK based suppliers.

Our Policies on Slavery and Human Trafficking

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Anti-slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place any where in out supply chains. 

Due Diligence Processes For Slavery and Human Trafficking

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we:

  • Build long-standing relationships with local suppliers and make clear our expectations of business behaviour;

  • Have a policy of “knowing our customer” to ensure that we are contracting with appropriate businesses;

We have in place systems to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistle blowers.

Supplier Adherence To Our Values and Ethics

We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. We expect all those in our supply chain and contractors to comply with our values.

Our Commitments

We use the following key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure how effective we have been to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains:

  • providing awareness training to staff on the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and informing them of the appropriate action to take if they suspect a case of slavery or human trafficking

  • ensuring that consideration of the modern slavery risks and prevention are added to County Office Supplies Ltd's policy review process as an employer and procurer of goods and services

  • continuing to take action to embed a zero tolerance policy towards modern slavery.

  • If we find that other individuals or organisations working on our behalf have breached this policy we will ensure that we take appropriate action. This may range from considering the possibility of breaches being remediated and whether that might represent the best outcome for those individuals impacted by the breach to terminating such relationships

Victim Support

If you believe you are a victim of modern slavery or human trafficking contact the Victim Supportline. This is a confidential service with trained operators to help you to understand what support is available. Website https://www.victimsupport.org.uk (Modern Slavery) and Supportline 08 08 16 89 111


This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the current
financial year.

M S Roberts, Managing Director

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