Modern Slavery Policy

Modern slavery and human trafficking statement

Introduction

This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement is a response to section 54(1), Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and relates to actions and activities for the financial year ending 31st of October 2023.

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. Footlabs have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains.

We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We expect the same high standards from all our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, and as part of our contracting processes, we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.

This statement 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, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners.

Organisation

Footlabs designs, manufactures, distributes and repairs custom made orthotic devices for the medical industry.

We have robust recruitment processes in place that comply with UK employment laws. We verify all employees are eligible to work In the UK. Our employment policies are fair, ethical, and non-discriminatory and we follow this principle when remunerating all our employees.

Our employee staff handbook makes clear to employees the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing our organisation. We strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour. To prevent the possibility of modern slavery occurring within our Group, our managers and HR professionals are required to complete training on recognising modern slavery. Our modern slavery training covers what modern slavery is; how to identify the signs of slavery and human trafficking; what steps should be taken if slavery or human trafficking is suspected; and what external help is available. In addition, information on modern slavery is included in our employee induction programme, which enables us to ensure that employees at all levels have an understanding of their responsibilities under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, including their duty to raise any concerns to any member of the Board without fear of recrimination.

We have taken steps to review our supply chain and have identified that 100% of our suppliers are based in the lowest risk countries (as defined by the Global Slavery Index) and strive to engage only with suppliers and contractors who respect human rights in the supply chain.

The nature of our operating environment means that the majority of our business is conducted with SMEs who fall below the £36m turnover threshold. However, we continue to work with all our suppliers to ensure that they are familiar with and adhering to the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act.

This modern slavery and human trafficking statement has been reviewed and signed off by the board of directors.

Danny Revill – Compliance Director

Date: 01/11/2023

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