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.
This statement was approved by the Board of Likewise Group Plc and signed on its behalf by