In accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, Interfloor Limited (“Interfloor”) is committed to a work environment that is free from human trafficking, forced labour and unlawful child labour (collectively “human trafficking and slavery”). It also strongly believes that it has a responsibility for promoting ethical and lawful employment practices.
Accordingly, Interfloor will not knowingly use unlawful child labour or forced labour in any of the utilities and/or other commodities, products and/or services it provides, nor will it accept commodities, products and/or services from suppliers that employ or utilize child labour or forced labour.
Human trafficking and slavery are crimes under UK and international law. These crimes exist in countries throughout the world. This policy statement thus defines Interfloor’s commitment to ensuring that human trafficking and slavery does not exist within its own business, but also provides how Interfloor will make efforts to eradicate the same from other businesses with whom it shall maintain a relationship (and especially from within its supply chain).
Interfloor has appointed its Human Resources Director as its senior compliance officer (its Anti- Slavery and Human Trafficking Officer) and will take appropriate steps to ensure not only its own compliance but also that these requirements are followed by its suppliers, subcontractors and/or business partners (collectively by its “Suppliers”) worldwide.
All Supplies are therefore required to adhere to the following:
Human Trafficking: the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitation.
Forced Labour: all work or service, not voluntarily performed, that is obtained from an individual under the threat of force or penalty.
Harmful Child Labour: consists of the employment of children that is economically exploitative, or is likely to be hazardous to, or interfere with, the child’s education, or to be harmful to the child’s health, or physical, mental, spiritual, moral, or social development.
Requirements for Suppliers:
Suppliers will certify compliance with this Policy and their adherence to relevant human trafficking and slavery laws in each of the relevant countries in which they operate.
Upon request, Suppliers must be able to demonstrate compliance with this Policy to the reasonable satisfaction of Interfloor. Interfloor may perform periodic audits on this Policy and Suppliers are expected to fully co-operate with any such audit.
Any breach of this Policy (including by a Supplier) can be reported (in confidence, if required) by contacting Interfloor’s Human Resources Director (in his capacity as Interfloor’s Anti- Slavery and Human Trafficking Officer).
Interfloor takes any breach of this Policy extremely seriously.
Suppliers who are found to have or be engaging in human trafficking and slavery or which refuse to co-operate with any audit to verify compliance with this Policy will be liable to have any supply agreement, arrangement or other contract with Interfloor terminated immediately, without compensation.
If a Supplier to Interfloor is found in violation of this policy, Interfloor will take prompt action which may include terminating any supply agreement, arrangement or other contract with that Supplier (as above). It shall also take such other (remedial) steps as the Anti- Slavery and Human Trafficking Officer shall determine to be necessary to address the violation and seek to prevent its reoccurrence.
Progress was slower during this challenging year with limited ability to travel, and so no formal onsite supplier audits have taken place. However we have completed desktop audits with high risk suppliers including financial spot checks. During 2020 we highlighted through risk management two Far East suppliers of concern, which unfortunately due to their unwillingness to work with us to improve our concerns we took the decision to remove them from our supply chain. We also took the time during 2020 to not only map out our supply chain and identify tier two suppliers for many categories but also redesign our desktop audit process and supplier onboarding documents to ensure that adherence to our standards and policies are captured earlier in the sourcing process.
With the ongoing challenges around restricted travel we plan to conduct formal on site audits with a minimum of 50% of our UK suppliers and formal desktop audits with the remaining global supply chain. We are also implementing a new standard of tendering across all categories that will have a managed approach to Modern Slavery and policy compliance.
John Cooper – CEO