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Modern Slavery Statement (anti-slavery and human trafficking)
Statement of Commitment
KISS Wholesale Ltd supplier of protective workwear and equipment, industrial disposable and re-usable gloves, polyethylene, pulp, paper, cotton, workwear products and medical supplies. Through our supply-chain we work closely with our suppliers to innovate, design, source and sell our products. As stated in the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) base code guidance: modern slavery is an umbrella term that includes forced labour, debt bondage, servitude, and trafficking for the purposes of labour exploitation. Our principles and commitment to assessing not only modern slavery and human trafficking but also the full extent of social accountability is built upon the ETI base guidelines and is managed through our risk management and business policies.
KISS Wholesale provides protection and hygiene products for the workplace. Our wide and technical range – including re-useable and disposable gloves, polyethylene, pulp, paper, cotton and workwear – is trusted and used by multiple sectors throughout UK and overseas.
The KISS Wholesale head office is situated in Liverpool, Merseyside.
We actively encourage dynamism and an entrepreneurial spirit with all our staff. In every area of our business, we recognise that our people are our greatest asset. We see each person as an individual, on their own career path. That is why we take care to nurture, grow and help realise their ambitions.
Our business is organised into two areas.
• Medical, which supplies surgical and medical examination gloves, pulp products, polyethylene products, medical equipment, and infection control products.
• Industrial, which supplies PPE equipment – primarily gloves, workwear, janitorial products, paper products.
Both areas are supported by central functions such as Finance, Supply Chain, Sales, Customer Services, Warehouse & Logistics, Marketing, Human Resources, IT, Management Systems and Technical.
Our values and mission are supported and communicated through our policies and procedures. They also set the standard for the performance and conduct of our employees and set the expectations that we have of our critical sub-contractors and suppliers. Modern Slavery Statement (anti-slavery and human trafficking).
Our Supply Chains
Our supply chain includes the sourcing of both raw materials and finished goods for the medical, professional and consumer markets from critical sub-contractors and suppliers globally.
Our Approach on slavery and human trafficking
We continue to work collaboratively with our suppliers to eradicate forced labour and ill treatment of employees within our supply chains. KISS Wholesale continues to be committed in acting ethically in all social and environmental aspects and our anti-slavery and social accountability policies reflects this. We believe that it is important to act with integrity in our business relationships and take all reasonable and practical steps (including factory and warehouse inspections and audits) to ensure that our standards are being implemented throughout the businesses of our suppliers and that all relevant local legislation and international regulations are complied with. This involves:
• Communication with suppliers to ensure an understanding of the Modern Slavery Act and our policy.
• Conduct risk assessment and information exchange through our social responsibility code of conduct.
• Review supplier performance through audit of the code of conduct and on-site activities (where required).
• Conduct annual review of our social accountability and anti-slavery policies and performance.
Our social accountability management system is based around the International Labour Organization (ILO) fundamental conventions and Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) base code principles. We currently manage our systems in line with two methodologies:
• LSAS – We are level 2 within the LSAS programme (there are 4 levels). LSAS (Labour Standards Assurance System) was developed by NHS supply chain in conjunction with the Department of Health and industry bodies to provide an extra level of corporate, social, and ethical governance with regards to labour standards within the supply chain.
• SMETA – We are currently registered on the SEDEX website which is a global membership where organisations can manage their performance around labour rights, health and safety, the environment and business ethics. This is used specifically for our retail sector and involves audit and improvement processes with our suppliers.
Supplier Adherence to our values
It is our ambition to source 100% of our resources from suppliers who are committed in promoting fundamental human rights. We encourage complete transparency with our suppliers, assisting where necessary to improve practices, however, we have zero tolerance of slavery and human trafficking.
We expect all those in our supply chain and partners to comply with our values. KISS Wholesale will only trade with those suppliers who fully comply with this policy or those who are taking verifiable steps towards compliance.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide training during the induction process and additionally to relevant members of staff. This includes training from the Stronger Together organisation http://stronger2gether.org/ , who continue to provide us with updates on the subject and continued review and support from the National Health Service Labour Standards Assurance system.
Our aims and effectiveness in addressing slavery and human trafficking.
We use the following measures and information to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains:
• Pre-selection audits of potential supply partners
• Records from supply partners with regards to maintaining their own quality and social accountability assurance systems
• Use of third-party auditors to check supply partners
• Continued high levels of communication and personal contact with our supply partners to reinforce their understanding of, and compliance with, our expectations.
• Corporate governance through building long term trusted and open relationships throughout our supply chain.
Due diligence with regards to human rights and social accountability is integral to the management programmes that address potential risks and implement improvement.
The following progress has been made against the 2020/2021 objectives:
• Review the current social accountability questionnaire regarding the principles of ‘equal pay for equal work’ – complete and updated June 2022.
• Review the Ethical Trade Policy with respect to the Human Rights Act (1998) and the means of reporting grievances to management – complete and updated June 2022. Modern Slavery Statement (anti-slavery and human trafficking).
• Complete the Modern Slavery Assessment Tool to help guide improvements within our supply chain – supplierregistration.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/msat – complete June 2022.
• Maintain our level 2 LSAS compliance – complete July 2022.
The following objectives have been agreed for 2022/2023:
• Upload all primary suppliers to the Brand Integrity risk management system for the assessment and evaluation of supplier social compliance.
• Complete the Anti-corruption tool to help guide improvements within our supply chain – supplierregistration.cabinetoffice.gov.uk.
• Upgrade our systems from level 2 LSAS compliance to level 3 compliance.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our group’s Modern Slavery Statement for the current financial year.
Should any concerns arise, or suspicious activity be noted then these need to be reported to our Head Office (0151 348 4536) and shall be treated in complete confidence.
This statement has been approved by our Board of Directors. It is reviewed and updated on an annual basis during April.
The statement is available through the following methods:
• Website: https://www.kiss-wholesale.co.uk
• Email: Customer Services Email ([email protected])
• In writing: KISS Wholesale Ltd, Unit 14, Tower Street, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4BJ
• Telephone: 07541 271648