We strive to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking does not support our supply chain or our businesses. This objective is explicit in our relevant policies and our approach to human rights.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 with respect to the financial year ending 31 December 2019 and sets out the approach The Store Ltd has in place to prevent the occurrence of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain or in any of our business operations in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
We operate a number of policies which reflect our objective to acting ethically and in line with our legal and regulatory obligations with regard to our employees, customers and our business relationships.
Our Code of Conduct is the standard that we set ourselves for what we say and do in our relationships with our customers, suppliers, colleagues, shareholders, regulators, government bodies and other parties. The Code represents our approach to the standards we expect from each other and it prescribes a set of behaviors expected of all employees of the Store Ltd, wherever they work. We organise these standards under four principles with clear lines of individual responsibility:
Our 'Speak out' Policy details the procedures our employees should follow if they have concerns about any wrongdoing, unlawful conduct, bribery, financial malpractice, dangers to the public or the environment, or possible fraud or other risks to the business.
Our recruitment Policy outlines our approach to recruiting employees. The principles of equality underpin our activity, seeking to ensure that recruitment and selection processes are designed to support fairness.
Group Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy applies to all directors, officers and employees, as well as third parties such as suppliers and sets out the rules with regard to bribery and corruption
Group Anti-money Laundering Policy applies to all our employees and sets out policies and procedures to prevent the commission of financial crime and the movement of money which has derived from crime.
Our Procurement Policy sets out the requirements for the effective and consistent management for the procurement of Goods and Services for the Group while ensuring that consistent procurement best practices are followed.
The Store Ltd Risk Policy sets out the requirements for the effective and consistent management of operational risks within the business.
In conducting appropriate due diligence, we assesses suppliers across a number of key risk areas, at the on-boarding stage for all suppliers.
We publish a Code of Supplier Responsibility that sets out our expectations of our suppliers, and it seeks assurances (where appropriate) from our suppliers that they are complying with applicable laws and regulations including laws relating to minimum wages, working conditions, overtime, child labour and other applicable labour and environmental laws. This allows us to select suppliers to work with us who adhere to appropriate standards.
Our suppliers are required to notify us of a breach of applicable laws or regulations and outline their practices and procedures to ensure they do not engage in modern slavery (including their own supply chain). This includes monitoring the content of modern slavery and human trafficking statements published by our suppliers and completing additional assurance activity when we visit our supplier sites
We focus on raising awareness of the policies listed above with colleagues across the organisation. This includes the provision of mandatory training for employees onour Code of Conduct and Speak out Policy each year
Our managers also receive further support that includes training and line management guidance to ensure consistency of our recruitment processes, management of suppliers, fair treatment at work, and inclusion and diversity.