Modern Slavery Statement

 

This slavery and human trafficking statement is made by Autosmart International Ltd pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 for the financial year ending on 31 January 2020.

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.

This statement sets out the steps we are taking to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not present in our business or direct supply chain.

 

  1. Organisation structure and supply chains

 

Autosmart International was established in the UK in 1979 and today is the trade’s favourite manufacturer and supplier of vehicle cleaning products in many territories around the world.

From our manufacturing operations in the UK, our products reach our customers through a network of international franchisees and distributors in the UK and Ireland, Europe and beyond.

Our supply chains include suppliers of raw materials, packaging, equipment, accessories and professional services from across the globe.

We expect our suppliers and contractors to demonstrate a zero tolerance approach to exploitation.

 

  1. Policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking

 

We regularly review and amend our company policies, to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:

  • Recruitment Policy – we operate a robust recruitment process which includes conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees.
  • Whistle Blowing Policy and Bullying and Harassment Policy - so that all employees can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
  • Business Code of Conduct – followed by all our employees and franchisees and places responsibility on all individuals to act legally and ethically at all times.

 

 

  1. Due diligence and risk assessment

 

Our overall objective is to establish and maintain relationships with our suppliers that will minimise the risk that slavery or human trafficking could occur within our supply chains.

To mitigate against the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains, risk assessment and due diligence will focus on our supplier relationships.

 

  1. Training on modern slavery and trafficking

 

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our company, in our supply chains and in our business partners, we will provide relevant awareness training to our employees and franchisees as required.

 

  1. Key performance indicators and next steps

 

We understand that combating modern slavery and human trafficking is vital and in the coming years, we will continue to invest in doing so.

Our actions will include:

  • Assessing our supply chain for areas of risk;
  • Reviewing our Supplier Approval and Procurement processes to ensure all suppliers comply with the provisions of the Act and grant us with the right to terminate contracts and agreements in the event of their failure to do so;
  • Conducting supplier audits where we have assessed the need for a greater degree of focus on slavery and human trafficking;
  • Ongoing review of our policies with regard to the Modern Slavery Act 2015;
  • Ensuring employees and franchisees have awareness and training on modern slavery appropriate to their role.

 

The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy and its implementation complies with our legal and ethical obligations. 

 

This statement has been approved by the Board of Directors, who will review and update it annually.