Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

Introduction

This statement sets out Supreme Imports Ltd (Supreme) actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.

As part of the manufacture/imports/wholesale industry, the organisation recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking.

Supreme are absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

Company structure and supply chains

Supreme provide a comprehensive range of batteries, lightbulbs, fittings, sports nutrition and vaping lines within a the wholesale and retail structure.

The organisation currently operates in the following countries:

Supreme operates within the UK with our head office being:-

  • Unit 4 Beacon Road, Trafford Park, Manchester, M171AF

Supreme export goods worldwide from the following depots:-

  • Unit 4 Beacon Road, Trafford Park, Manchester, M171AF

The following is the process by which the company assesses whether or not particular activities or countries are high risk in relation to slavery or human trafficking:

Responsibility

Responsibility for the organisation’s anti-slavery initiatives is as follows

  • Policies: Supreme’s Human Resource department together with the Company Directors are responsible for putting in place and reviewing policies which support the Company’s anti-slavery initiatives.
  • Investigations/due diligence: Supreme’s Director’s are responsible for investigations and due diligence in relation to known or suspected instances of slavery and human trafficking.
Relevant policies

Supreme Imports Limited operates the following policies that describe its approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations:

    • Whistleblowing policy Supreme encourages all its workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, the Company. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. The organisation’s whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation. Employees, customers or others who have concerns can complete our confidential disclosure form.
    • Employee code of conduct Supreme’s code of conduct makes clear to employees the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing the organisation. The organisation strives to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating and managing its supply chain.
    • Supplier code of conduct Supreme are committed to ensuring that its suppliers adhere to the highest standards of ethics. Suppliers are required to demonstrate that they provide safe working conditions where necessary, treat workers with dignity and respect, and act ethically and within the law in their use of labour. Supreme work with suppliers to ensure that they meet the standards of the code and improve their worker’s working conditions. However, serious violations of Supreme’s supplier code of conduct will lead to the termination of the business relationship.
    • Recruitment/Agency workers policy Supreme uses only specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour and always verifies the practices of any new agency it is using before accepting workers from that agency.
Due diligence

Supreme undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. Supreme’s due diligence and reviews include:

        • Reviewing the supply chain broadly to assess particular product or geographical risks of modern slavery and human trafficking;
        • Evaluating the modern slavery and human trafficking risks of each new supplier
        • Reviewing all aspects of the supply chain;
        • Conducting supplier assessments through the Company’s own staff/third party auditor, which have a greater degree of focus on slavery and human trafficking where general risks are identified;
        • Using resources, where suppliers can be checked for their labour standards, compliance in general, and modern slavery and human trafficking in particular; and
        • Invoking sanctions against suppliers that violate our supplier code of conduct, including the termination of the business relationship.

We will continue to review the effectives of the steps we have taken to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains.

Board member approval

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

 

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