SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING COMPLIANCE STATEMENT MAY 2018

BJA TRADING LIMITED
SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING COMPLIANCE STATEMENT
MAY 2018 

Consistent with our commitment to operate our business in an ethical manner and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, we are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain. While we have already taken positive steps to comply with these principles, we will continue to work with our suppliers and Birkdale’s own people to ensure that slavery and human trafficking do not take place within our supply chain.

OUR BUSINESS

Birkdale is the market leader of ironmongery and gate hardware.  With the parent company, BJA Trading Limited, Birkdale Sales has its head office in Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire and a distribution centre in Coventry.  Further details about the company can be found at www.birkdalesales.com.

OUR POLICIES ON SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. The Company’s Supplier Code of Conduct available here, reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships. We continue to further that commitment by implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our supply chains.

DUE DILIGENCE PROCESSES FOR SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk, Birkdale Sales has considered the vendors currently forming its supply chain, where those vendors are located and the sectors they operate in.

We have in place systems to:

      -   Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains.
      -   Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains.
      -   Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.
      -   Protect whistle blowers.

SUPPLIER ADHERENCE TO OUR VALUES

We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain and our contractors comply with our values we require vendors to adhere to our Supplier Code of Conduct, including a commitment to not use slave labour or participate in human trafficking.

OUR EFFECTIVENESS IN COMBATING SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

We have brought this statement to the attention of those in our procurement organisation and given the opportunity to provide feedback, to raise queries and to have them answered. We have also involved our legal and procurement teams in undertaking a further assessment of the risk of non-compliance in our supply chain. We require our suppliers to adhere to our Supplier Code of Conduct and seek express acknowledgement of this in our supplier on-boarding process.

TRAINING

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we will provide training to our staff with direct responsibility for our supply chain and will continue to provide this training to relevant new employees in our organisation.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

John Abernethie
Managing Director
Birkdale Sales