ANTI-SLAVERY POLICY STATEMENT
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
EcoTextura Ltd is committed to combatting modern slavery and human trafficking in all its forms. This Modern Slavery Statement outlines our policies, practices, and actions taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not present in our business operations and supply chains.
We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, and as part of our contracting processes, in the coming year we will include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners.
This policy does not form part of any employee’s contract of employment and we may amend it at any time.
Responsibility for the policy: EcoTextura Ltd holds overall responsibility for ensuring compliance with legal and ethical obligations related to modern slavery. We are responsible for implementing, monitoring, and auditing the effectiveness of this policy and internal control systems. Management at all levels is responsible for ensuring understanding, compliance, and regular training on modern slavery.
Compliance with the policy: All individuals must read, understand, and comply with this policy. The prevention, detection, and reporting of modern slavery are the responsibility of everyone working for or under our control. Any suspected or actual breaches of this policy should be reported promptly to line managers or company directors. We encourage raising concerns about modern slavery in any part of our business or supply chains.
Support and guidance: We prioritize the welfare and safety of workers in our supply chains. We provide support and guidance to suppliers to address coercive, abusive, and exploitative work practices. Any concerns regarding potential modern slavery within our supply chains should be raised with line managers or company directors.
Openness and protection against retaliation: We encourage openness and protect individuals who raise genuine concerns in good faith about modern slavery. We are committed to preventing any detrimental treatment, including dismissal or disciplinary action, connected to reporting concerns. If such treatment occurs, employees should follow the Grievance Procedure outlined in the employee handbook.
Communication and awareness: Training on this policy and the risk of modern slavery in our supply chains is provided during the induction process. Regular updates and communication channels are used to maintain awareness. Our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery is communicated to suppliers, contractors, and business partners from the outset and reinforced as needed.
Breaches of this policy: Breaches of this policy will result in disciplinary action, which may include dismissal. We may terminate relationships with individuals or organizations working on our behalf if they breach this policy.
This Modern Slavery Policy Statement applies to EcoTextura Ltd and is applicable in all countries, with a particular emphasis on the United Kingdom.
Information about the EcoTextura and its Supply Chains: We readily provide a detailed overview of EcoTextura Ltd, including our activities, structure, and geographical presence. EcoTextura Ltd is a provider of proprietary, eco-friendly, and inclusive design personal protective equipment (PPE) and fabrics for the medical industry. Since our establishment in 2015, we have designed, approved, and supplied innovative PPE to national public health organizations, local councils, disability charities, schools, emergency services, and institutions worldwide. Our supply chains involve collaborations with suppliers and laboratories from the UK, Turkey, India, and China. Currently, we employ workers solely in the UK.
Policies Relating to Modern Slavery: Our policies explicitly prohibit modern slavery, human trafficking, and related practices. We emphasize adherence to local and national laws, ensuring the freedom of workers to terminate employment, freedom of movement, freedom of association, and the prohibition of violence, harassment, intimidation, worker-paid recruitment fees, compulsory overtime, and child labour.
Identified High-Risk Areas: We actively assess our business and supply chains to identify areas with the highest risks of modern slavery. These include aggressive pricing that disregards sustainable production costs, short lead times, inaccurate forecasting, late or extended payments, withdrawn contracts at the last minute, unfair penalties for not meeting orders despite last-minute changes, and inaccurate technical specifications.
Due Diligence Processes: EcoTextura Ltd implements rigorous due diligence processes to manage and prevent the risks of modern slavery. We conduct supplier assessments, audits, and ongoing monitoring to ensure compliance with our anti-slavery policies. As a contractual condition, high-risk suppliers must adhere to our modern slavery policies, and we provide them with training to promote understanding and compliance.
Training and Capacity Building: We recognize the importance of training and capacity building to combat modern slavery effectively. We communicate our policies to all employees and provide training programs to enhance awareness and understanding of modern slavery issues. This empowers our staff with knowledge and skill to identify and address potential instances of modern slavery within our organization and supply chains.
Key Performance Indicators: EcoTextura Ltd utilizes key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure our progress in tackling modern slavery. These KPIs enable us to assess the effectiveness of our policies, initiatives, and actions taken to combat modern slavery. They also help identify areas for improvement and drive continuous enhancement of our efforts.
Good Practice: We embrace good practice standards in our approach to modern slavery. Our policies are approved by senior management and communicated to all employees within our organization and throughout our supply chains. We require high-risk suppliers to adhere to our modern slavery policies as a contractual condition, and we provide them with training to ensure compliance.
Access to Remedy, Compensation, and Justice: EcoTextura Ltd is committed to providing access to remedy, compensation, and justice for victims of modern slavery. We have established mechanisms to address grievances, support victims, and facilitate their access to appropriate remedies in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
EcoTextura Ltd is dedicated to eliminating modern slavery and human trafficking. Our comprehensive approach includes policies, due diligence processes, training, and continuous improvement efforts. In accordance with legal requirements, this Modern Slavery Statement has been approved by the board of directors and is published on our website. We remain steadfast in our commitment to eradicating modern slavery and human trafficking.
Printed and Signed,
Managing Director, EcoTextura Ltd