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Modern Slavery Act Statement

Modern Slavery: Practical Steps  for Procurement

1. Structure, business and supply chain

AATGB Ltd trades in Europe, incorporating AAT, Cargomaster & Stabilo brands.

We are serious about our brand because it’s part of our identity and so is our commitment to corporate social responsibility. We believe transparency is the best way we can ensure the public that we are doing our best as an ethical corporate citizen. In that spirit, we have published our annual statement for slavery and human trafficking, made in compliance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, in which we explain how slavery and human trafficking can affect our business and the steps we are taking in the fight against it. This slavery and human trafficking statement also addresses the steps taken. This statement is intended to fulfil the legal requirement for a slavery and human trafficking statement on behalf of all companies within the Ashram Threads group, as relevant. Our efforts against slavery and human trafficking complement our broader CSR Policy and our adoption of the Ethical Trading Initiative.

AATGB Ltd is headquartered in Wrexham, Wales and sells its products throughout Europe, including the United Kingdom. This allows us to focus our oversight and influence over three discrete geographic regions.

2. Slavery and human trafficking policies

Notably, we developed our Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy. We also updated our Supplier Code of Conduct. It sets out clear objectives for 1, 3 and 5 year slavery and human trafficking plans around the following themes:

  • Relationships: Strengthening our supplier engagement process
  • Feedback: Establishing grievance mechanisms and channels for individual worker feedback
  • Knowledge: Improving our knowledge base by collecting relevant data and improving product traceability
  • Third party engagement: Building strategic alliances with independent social auditors, unions and NGOs
  • Measurable change: Developing verifiable KPIs to measure progress
  • Supplier collaboration: Encouraging suppliers to collaborate to address slavery and human trafficking issues
  • Incentivisation: Developing mechanisms to incentivise employees and suppliers to address slavery and human trafficking and improve labour standards
  • Accountability: Establishing a framework for organisation accountability to allow for raising issues, making suggestions, voicing grievances and reporting slavery and human trafficking

3. Due diligence procedures

We understand that our biggest exposure to Modern Slavery is in our product supply chains, where we have undertaken activity over the last decade to minimise the risk of Modern Slavery. Within these areas, new suppliers and factories/sites are subject to due diligence checks in the form of ethical/compliance audits. Such audits are also regularly conducted for existing suppliers and factories/sites. These audits assess compliance with the Global Sourcing Principles and are, amongst other things, intended to identify any Modern Slavery practices. If issues are identified, appropriate investigative and remedial actions will be taken.

4. Identifying, assessing and managing risk

We set out to identify the extent of any slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains by:

  • Engaging third party auditors to conduct social audits
  • Interviewing workers to discuss their conditions and their rights
  • Instituting an annual review questionnaire for existing suppliers to understand suppliers’ self-assessment of slavery and human trafficking issues, allowing us to better identify slavery and human trafficking issues as they develop over time and to collect supplier-provided data to track improvement in suppliers’ attitudes.

5. Key performance indicators

In order to assess the effectiveness of our modern slavery measures we will be reviewing the following key performance indicators:

  • Staff training levels
  • Number of slavery incidents reported in the supply chain

6. Training available to staff

A key part of our slavery and human trafficking strategy is to promote cultural change through training. This last financial year we:

  • Delivered online training modules on modern slavery to all staff
  • Distributed brochures on slavery and human trafficking and workers’ rights to various supplier sites
  • Ran training seminars for our suppliers’ factory managers at our offices in Wrexham
  • Started development of a dedicated training and resources webpage which individual workers in the supply chain will be able to access to learn about modern slavery and human trafficking, understand their rights and anonymously report any slavery and human trafficking issues in their workplace.

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