This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that the Fragrance Oils group of Companies 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. Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. The Fragrance Oils group of Companies 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.
We accept that we have a responsibility to ensure, through due diligence processes and so far as is possible, that workers are not being exploited, that they are safe and that relevant employment, health and safety, and human rights laws and standards are being adhered to, including freedom of movement and communication. If we believe that these rules are not being adhered to, we will notify the relevant authorities.
We are manufacturers of Perfume Compounds and Herbal Extracts for use in personal care and household toiletries. We manufacture solely at our site in Radcliffe, Manchester, United Kingdom.
The Fragrance Oils Group of Companies operates a supplier policy and maintains a preferred supplier list. We conduct due diligence procedures which are appropriate and proportionate to the identified modern slavery risk, the severity of that risk and the level of influence we may have. We have gone through a risk assessment process in order to reach an understanding of those areas of the supply chain which may be at a higher risk of modern slavery. This assessment takes into account the country of origin, the product and the industry characteristics of the materials supplied. Modern slavery is a complex phenomenon and our risk assessment is intended to give us an insight into the supply chain and the suppliers with the highest risk, in order that we can plan, if necessary, appropriate action. With regard to new suppliers, all new suppliers are asked due diligence questions to determine the steps that they take to eliminate slavery and human trafficking from their supply chain. This forms part of the evaluation criteria behind our selection of new suppliers.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
- Anti-slavery policy. This policy sets out the organisation’s stance on modern slavery and explains how employees can identify any instances of this and where they can go for help.
- Recruitment policy. We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
- Whistleblowing policy. We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
- Ethical Trading and Code of business conduct. This code explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.
Approval for this statement
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors on 1st January 2016