modern slavery act
Our commitment to the principles of the modern slavery act 2015
Victoria PLC (“Victoria”, “we” or the “Group”) is committed to improving its practices to ensure that slavery or human trafficking is not taking place in its business and supply chain, and to understanding the modern slavery and human trafficking risks that may be present. We do this by:
- continuing to take steps to find effective methods to eliminate slavery and human trafficking practices;
- ensuring that we review and communicate our policies and procedures regularly; and
- respecting human rights and ensuring, insofar as we are able, that the people who provide products and services to us are treated fairly and that their fundamental human rights are protected and respected.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) and constitutes the slavery and trafficking statement for Victoria and its subsidiaries in respect of its financial year ending 28 March 2020.
Victoria is an international manufacturer and distributor of innovative flooring products, with operations in the UK, Europe and Australia. The Group, which is headquartered in Kidderminster, designs, manufactures and distributes a range of carpet, carpet tiles, ceramic tiles, flooring underlay, LVT (luxury vinyl tile), artificial grass and flooring accessories.
Victoria’s non-UK subsidiaries are not subject to the Act and are therefore excluded from the ambit of this statement. Nevertheless the Group, in its entirety, seeks to be compliant with high standards of integrity and ethical behaviour.
We intend to continue to govern all current and future supplier relationships with the slavery issues outlined in the Act in mind. We will not knowingly support and/or do business with any suppliers who are involved in slavery or human trafficking, and we have a number of procedures in place that reflect our commitment to ensuring modern slavery does not occur in our business or supply chains.
Our recruitment processes are in line with UK employment laws, including “right to work” document checks, contracts of employment, and checks to ensure everyone employed is of legal working age. We offer market-related pay and rewards which are reviewed annually.
We also maintain a Code of Business Conduct Policy and a Whistleblowing Policy which allows our employees to easily report any allegations of slavery or human trafficking in our business that they become aware of. If we learn of any allegations of slavery or human trafficking through our whistleblowing system, or any other means, we will act promptly and effectively in the best interests of the affected workers.
DUE DILIGENCE PROCESSES FOR SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
As part of our initiative in the last financial year to identify and mitigate risk, we have put systems in place to:
- identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains;
- mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains; and
- protect whistleblowers
EFFECTIVE ACTION TO ADDRESS MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
No instances of modern slavery and human trafficking have been identified in the last financial year.
Over the course of the next financial year, we will continue to enhance our procedures and provide adequate resources to help us identify, prevent and mitigate any risks of modern slavery or human trafficking in relation to new and existing suppliers.This statement, which will be reviewed annually as required, has been approved by the board of Victoria on 26 March 2020.
For and on behalf of Victoria PLC
Date: 26 March 2020