the MODERN slavery act

Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

Under the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“the Act”), companies providing goods and services with a turnover of £36m or more are obliged to publish an annual Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement setting out the steps the company has taken to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in its own business or supply chain.

 At Walker Greenbank, we have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery, and are fully committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operation and supply chain. We have taken concrete steps to tackle modern slavery, as outlined in our statement.

This statement sets out the actions that we have taken to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to our business, and to implement steps to prevent slavery and human trafficking during the financial year 2019.

Our business:

Walker Greenbank is a luxury interior furnishings company that designs, manufactures and markets wallpapers and fabrics together with a range of ancillary interior products. The company is based in the UK with a portfolio of brands that span heritage and contemporary design. Product design and development is carried out within the company’s design offices, which are all based in the UK, and the supply chain is closely controlled through the use of our own manufacturing facilities, wallpaper in Leicestershire and printed fabrics in Lancashire. We also have our own warehouse and distribution facilities, based in Buckinghamshire.

Our approach to tackling the risk of slavery and human trafficking within our business includes:

Risk assessment and regular reviews of the likelihood of slavery and human trafficking taking place within our business and our supply chains to identify potential elevated risks of modern slavery;

Development of a supplier Code of Conduct which includes provisions relating to slavery and human trafficking and communicating the importance of these standards to our suppliers, contractors and business partners;

Review and update, as necessary, our supplier and contractor contracts to ensure that they are alert to the risks and communicate to us the steps they are taking to address the issue;

Maintaining and reviewing oversight at Group level through legal and HR teams to whom employees can address issues of concern.

Policies:

Walker Greenbank operates the following policies for identifying and preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operations:

Supplier Code of Conduct – we expect all our suppliers to agree and accept our Code of Conduct.

Whistleblowing Policy – we encourage all employees to report any suspicion of slavery or human trafficking without fear of retaliation. We provide access to a confidential helpline to protect the identity of the whistleblowers.

Looking ahead:

Education and training for those involved in procurement and/or responsibility for supply chain management;

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 31 January 2019.

Lisa Montague – Chief Executive Officer                                                                        10 April 2019