This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Whitecroft Lighting Limited has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain. This statement relates to the actions and activities during the financial year 1st January 2017 to the 31st December 2017.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Whitecroft Lighting Limited has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
Whitecroft Lighting is one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of commercial lighting. From our 10,000 square metre design and manufacturing facility we provide tailored lighting solutions for commercial, industrial, healthcare, education and residential applications, mainly for the home market. Our manufacturing capability is upwards of 600,000 luminaires per year, and our continued investment in the latest technologies has brought LED manufacturing in-house. As part of the Fagerhult group we are part of a global network of lighting manufacturers, with over 3300 employees in 25 countries worldwide.
Whitecroft Lighting Limited operates solely within the United Kingdom.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
Whitecroft Lighting Limited maintains an approved supplier base with over 200 suppliers, which includes Fagerhult Group suppliers located in China and Turkey.
We conduct due diligence based on global geographic location and proportionate risk (with reference to the Global Slavery Index) before allowing them to become an approved supplier. In 2017 The Company did not use any suppliers from the Top 20 risk ranked countries as listed by the Global Slavery Index.
Our anti-slavery policy forms part of our contract with all suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy and that they have taken steps to eradicate human trafficking and slavery from their business.
In 2017 our supplier questionnaire was updated to ask suppliers whether they had a modern slavery policy review process in place, and in 2018 it is our intention to re-issue this questionnaire to all suppliers.
In addition all suppliers are made aware that we may terminate their contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light.
We regularly conduct training for our procurement/buying teams so that they can identify and understand the signs of modern slavery and what to do if they suspect that it is taking place within our supply chain.
Approval for this statement
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors August 2018.