MODERN SLAVERY ACT STATEMENT September 2018
This statement is produced in accordance with the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and will be reviewed, updated and published on an annual basis.
Paragon Interiors Group Plc are a UK based design and interiors fit out Company who undertake their work within the commercial, education and retail market place. The vast majority of this work is undertaken by a combination of in-house personnel, labour only sub-contractors and bone fide sub-contractors. The majority of the suppliers are UK based and as such products, materials and services are generally sourced from within the UK with the supply chain mostly drawing products and materials from UK sources. We recognise that it some instances we are also specifying and purchasing from some European sources for specialist products not available from sources within the UK.
Paragon Interiors Group Plc also recognises that some small elements of its supply chain may present an increased risk of modern slavery.
As a result of this potential risk Paragon Interiors Group Plc has in place various policies, procedures and processes to address any potential modern slavery risks within our business or the supply chain. These are as detailed within this statement and via our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy which are managed through and as part of the organisations commitment and maintenance of its ISO 9001 accreditation. These processes are verified and audited by external assessors on an annual basis. The procedures are regularly assessed against best practice and where necessary updated accordingly.
Paragon Interiors Group Plc are committed to fair employment practices and to following all applicable UK and European employment law both within the business and throughout the supply chain.
To this end, we ensure that the systems and procedures controlling our business and those of our supply chain include the following control requirements;
. Employees are eligible to work in the UK.
. Employees are checked to ensure they are who they say they are.
. Employees are paid at least the UK minimum legal wage
. Working hours comply with the Working Time Regulations 1998.
. Procedures are in place to ensure that all labour practices (either directly or
through manufacturer’s) do not infringe on any ethical issues
. Employees are employed of their own free will.
. Employees have safe and healthy working conditions
. All Suppliers (sub-contract or material) must require their own direct suppliers to
adhere to the same codes of conduct
Before engagement, Paragon Interiors Group Plc’s supply chain are assessed against a wide range of criteria, including the above codes of conduct with these codes forming part of the supply chain’s contractual terms of engagement. Once engaged the supply chain are measured with the codes of conduct forming part of the success criteria. Within the business the above codes of conduct are included within the induction process for all new employees with additional training arranged as deemed appropriate.
Paragon Interiors Group Plc also have in place procedures for reporting any incidents which may impact on our codes of conduct including Worksafe, Refusal to Work and Whistle Blowing with reporting procedures forming part of the induction and training of all new employees. All related policies are updated on an annual basis.
Paragon Interiors Group Plc also confirms that it complies with all applicable laws, statutes, regulations relating to anti-bribery and anti- corruption including the Bribery Act 2010 and has in place anti-bribery an anti-corruption policies.
This statement has been approved by our Board of Directors and it will be reviewed and updated as necessary but on at least an annual basis in accordance with the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Date: 28 September 2018