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Modern Slavery Statement

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND MODERN SLAVERY DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

In compliance with the regulations of the UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015 (“MSA”), the following Statement discloses and updates the policies and actions of Wakefield Shirt group of companies including Double Two/Wm. Sugden & Sons Limited relating to human trafficking and modern slavery in our global supply chain.

Wakefield Shirt group of companies is committed to continuously monitoring and improving the effectiveness of our prevention efforts to eliminate any form of human trafficking or modern slavery in the factories producing fabric and garments to our order.

We expect our suppliers not to accept forced, bonded or child labour and we rely on audits and visits to ensure that this is the case.

This year has been an exceptional one with Covid pandemic causing unprecedented disruption and change on a global scale. The impact has been greatly felt by retailers, suppliers and workers within our supply and distribution chain. The UK’s departure from the EU that brought the ending of freedom of movement for EU citizens had a significant impact on a number of sectors, particularly those with low-skilled workers, and so due diligence is essential.

This year we also welcomed the important role the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC) has taken engaging with businesses, identifying best practice. IASC has created maturity framework with its four clearly defined stages. We have assessed ourselves against the IASC framework and predominantly sit in the “Evolving Good Practice” category. This clear structure will enable us to continually improve in tackling modern slavery. Our message to our customers and business partners is very clear - we always treat people fairly. This means we will continually review and improve our policies, practices and procedures so that we can fulfil this commitment.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Wakefield Shirt group of companies slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st March 2021.

Signed by:  Peter Batchelor
Position:     Interim CEO    Dated: 10 Sept 2021

 

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