Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
This statement is made under the requirements of The Modern Slavery Act (2015) and sets out the steps which Compliments Experiences Limited ("VED", "we", "us", "our") has taken during its last financial year to ensure that modern day slavery and human trafficking, as defined therein, are not occurring within VED itself or in VED's supply chains.
VED is renowned for its position as a leader in the gifting, voucher, experience days and leisure activity market. The company operates solely from offices in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire and over 99% of the product sold are sourced from UK based suppliers. We are proud of our working conditions and, having conducted a risk assessment, have concluded that there is no risk of engaging in any form of slavery within VED.
The relationships with our suppliers, customers and other businesses have been established based on shared standards and ethics. Our suppliers, who are the providers of the leisure and experience days available with our vouchers and gifts, are expected to comply with all applicable laws and regulations and as part of our due diligence on suppliers, we ask them to ensure and confirm that they are aware of and that they abide by their legal obligations under the Modern Slavery Act (2015).
We are currently reviewing our contractual process with suppliers, customers and other businesses that we work with and taking the following steps to introduce additional measures to ensure that our obligations under the Modern Slavery Act (2015) are passed through our supply chain:
- We are speaking with existing suppliers and asking them to acknowledge their responsibilities and declare that they are compliant with all applicable law, including the Modern Slavery Act (2015).
- Contractually, our supplier contracts will highlight our commitment to combating slavery and human trafficking. This will include contractual warranties from suppliers, warranting that slavery is not used anywhere in the supplier's business or by any of the suppliers in its supply chain and that all necessary processes and policies are in place to ensure that this remains the case.
On joining the company all employees are issued with our Staff Handbook which sets out our conditions of employment and policies protecting employees' human rights, health and safety, wages and benefits. We have zero tolerance towards slavery and human trafficking and expect all those in our supply chain to comply with our values. To date we have not been made aware of any acts of slavery and human trafficking occurring within our supply chain.
We communicate this statement to all our employees to ensure an understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking within our business and what policies and actions are in place to mitigate these risks.
This statement has been approved by the company's board of directors on 16 October 2019, who will review and update as necessary on an annual basis.