Modern Slavery Statement in relation to the Modern Slavery Act 2015
Year Ending 31st December 2019
OUR BUSINESS, STRUCTURE AND SUPPLY CHAINS
Likewise Group Plc is a distributor of floorcoverings and matting and is committed to conducting business in an ethical and environmentally responsible way. We recognise that modern slavery is a global issue and no supply chain is without risk. It is our responsibility to ensure we understand these risks, work in partnership with our suppliers to identify and mitigate them and look for ways to improve our practices to prevent modern slavery within our organisation and supply chain.
Likewise Group Plc works in close partnership with 79 suppliers in 18 countries, sourcing, purchasing and distributing a diverse range of flooring products and accessories to independent and major high street retailers and flooring contractors.
Likewise Group Plc comprises 10 individual businesses in the UK and Europe (Belgium), each operating under their own brand with individual sales teams. The company's distribution network comprises 2 national distribution hubs and 5 regional distribution hubs.
As at 31st December 2019 Likewise Group Plc had 180 employees based in the Uk and Belgium.
In 2019 purchases were made from both EU and non EU countries. 84% of purchases were made from the UK and Europe and 16% from non EU countries.
We have a long established relationship with our suppliers who are met with frequently at their manufacturing facilities, at the company's premises or during trade shows. This enables us to ensure our suppliers adhere to our ethical trading policy. Training and ongoing support is provided to those directly involved in supplier visits, to better understand and respond to the identified slavery and human trafficking risk. In January 2020 during the Domotex trade show, our Executive team and employees directly involved met with all suppliers and were asked to complete a questionnaire. Some suppliers are also registered as members of Sedex which allows supply chain transparency and is a useful due diligence tool to ensure compliance. An internal audit has been carried out to analyse returned questionnaires and supplier visits made during 2019 to assess potential risks within our supply chain. No high risk issues were found during this audit. We will continue to monitor this on a regular basis.
Update for 2020
During 2020 Likewise Group Plc increased its number of suppliers to 80 in 19 countries.
As at 31st December 2020 Likewise Group Plc had 226 employees based in the UK and Belgium.
We continue to monitor and assess potential risk areas in our business and supply chains and continue to work closely with all our suppliers and carry out regular checks to ensure compliance with our ethical trading policy.
The Covid 19 pandemic meant supplier visits and trade shows were unable to take place, however we were able to continue with online meetings and some of our suppliers were able to take part in online audits, providing evidence of compliance. We intend to commence supplier visits as soon as it is safe to do so.
Employee training includes modern slavery awareness, how exploitation can be identified and how to report any concerns either via the management team, our whistleblowing policy or the Modern Slavery Helpline. We have also carried out due diligence on recruitment agencies we have used in the UK.
This statement was approved by the Board of Likewise Group Plc and signed on its behalf by