In accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, Interfloor Limited (“Interfloor” or “we”) is committed to a work environment that is free from human trafficking, forced labour and unlawful child labour (collectively “human trafficking and slavery”). We also strongly believe that we have a responsibility for promoting high standards in ethical and lawful employment practices. We also impose the same high standards on our suppliers.
Human trafficking and slavery are crimes under UK and international law. These crimes exist in countries throughout the world. This policy statement 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).
Organisation Structure and Supply Chains
Interfloor Limited, part of Victoria PLC, is Europe’s largest manufacturer and supplier of floorcovering underlays and accessories based at its two sites (Haslingden in Lancashire and Dumfries in Southwest Scotland). To find out more about Interfloor visit www.interfloor.com
We have a global supply chain purchasing commodities, materials, packaging, utilities, services and goods for resale from across the world.
Policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking
We will not knowingly use unlawful child labour or forced labour in any of the products and/or services we provide, nor will we accept commodities, products and/or services from suppliers that employ or utilize child labour or forced labour.
Our recruitment processes are in line with UK employment laws, including “right to work” document checks, contracts of employment, and checks to ensure everyone employed is of legal working age. We offer market-related pay and rewards which are reviewed annually. We employ directly and do not use labour providers.
We have an ethical trading policy which outlines our commitments to ensure both we and our suppliers meet as a minimum the ETI base code and we are also a Foundation Member of the Ethical Trading Initiative.
We have a supplier charter that commits our suppliers to agree that they:
Due diligence processes
Firstly, we are pleased to report there were no reported or identified instances of modern slavery and human trafficking in the last financial year 2022/23.
Within the last financial year 2022/23, we have undertaken a number of actions in pursuit of our aims:
Risk assessment and Management
We have appointed our Human Resources Director as our senior compliance officer (Anti- Slavery and Human Trafficking Officer) and will take appropriate steps to ensure not only our own compliance but also that these requirements are followed by our suppliers, subcontractors and/or business partners (collectively by its “Suppliers”) worldwide.
He reports annually to our Board of Directors in relation to the procedures we have in place, audit results and supply chain experience.
Any breach of our policy is reported to the Board without delay and investigated thoroughly with clear and transparent action taken.
Key performance indicators to measure effectiveness of steps being taken
Whilst the pandemic over the past few years seriously limited our ability to visit and audit our supply chain, we are finally starting to get out there and there our key measures to be developed over the next 3 years are:
Our own business
Strategic suppliers (high spend/high dependency)
Key suppliers (lower spend/high dependency)
Operational suppliers (high spend/lower dependency)
Training on modern slavery and trafficking
At Interfloor we recognise the risk of modern slavery is forever present and we therefore regularly focus on the ability of key personnel to spot the signs of risk on both our own business and within our supply chain. We ensure that training is regularly available. In terms of supply chain our buyers are all CIPS members who undertake annual training and recertification in ethical trading including modern slavery.
Authorised by John Cooper – CEO
Dated 31 March 2023