Modern Slavery Statement

SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING STATEMENT - INTRODUCTION

Slavery and human trafficking remains a hidden blight on our global society. We all have a responsibility to be alert to the risks, however small, in our business and in the wider supply chain. Staff are expected to report concerns and management are expected to act upon them.

OUR BUSINESS
We are a manufacturer and distributor of carpet mainly to the UK and Irish retail sectors. We also supply a smaller proportion of our carpet sales to continental Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The head office is in Bury in the UK.
Cormar has an annual turnover in excess of £116m.

OUR SUPPLY CHAINS
Our supply chains includes the sourcing of raw materials principally related to the provision of yarn, primary and secondary backings and latex based products, primarily from the EU.

OUR POLICIES ON SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our business and supply chains. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships. We will take action if we become aware of any incidents of slavery or human trafficking in the business’s spheres of business influence.

DUE DILIGENCE PROCESSES FOR SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk –

  • Where possible we build long standing relationships with suppliers and make clear our expectations of business behaviour.
  • We visit our supplier premises at least once a year.
  • With regards to national or international supply chains, we look to these entities to have suitable anti-slavery and human trafficking policies and processes. We expect each entity to at least, confirm that they are aware of our anti-slavery and human trafficking statement and to confirm to us that they will adhere to that standard.
  • We have in place systems to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistle blowers.

SUPPLIER ADHERENCE TO OUR VALUES
The Directors and Heads of Departments are primarily responsible for compliance in their respective departments and for their supplier relationships.

AWARENESS
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we distributed and reviewed this document at Board and Management levels of the business.

OUR EFFECTIVENESS IN COMBATING SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
We discuss and review those suppliers which are considered to be most at risk and follow up on site visits.
Our quality assurance team reports back to the company any concerns relating to slavery and human trafficking.
We encourage good communication and personal contact with the next link in the supply chain and their understanding of, and compliance with, our expectations.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our group's slavery and human trafficking statement for the current financial year

David Judge
Managing Director
April 2016

Cormar Carpets are leading UK manufacturers of plain and textured carpets in both wool and man-made fibre
OVER ONE MILLION PEOPLE CHOOSE CORMAR EVERY YEAR
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