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.

The Walker Greenbank Group welcomes this legislation and is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our business or in our supply chains.

OUR BUSINESS:

Walker Greenbank is an international 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 for our core brands and Lancashire for the Clarke and Clarke business.

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;
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.
Looking ahead:

LOOKING AHEAD:

Undertake a further risk assessment mapping out the Group’s supply chains and identifying potential elevated risks of modern slavery;
Education and training for those involved in procurement and/or responsibility for supply chain management;

Review and update our whistlebowing policy and procedures to specifically accommodate reporting of modern slavery issues in the business and supply chain;

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 2017.

John Sach – Chief Executive Officer 26 April 2017