Modern Slavery

INTRODUCTION

This statement has been published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out the steps taken by Tabern Place UK Ltd to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains.

The Tabern Place’s Modern Slavery statement is issued under the Modern Slavery Act. It outlines the steps we take as a business to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our own operations and supply chains.  We recognise that Modern Slavery is a growing global issue and we understand our responsibility to prevent, mitigate and remediate where necessary, the risks of human trafficking, forced, bonded and child labour and to respect human rights in our operations and our supply chain. Our commitment to our customers and stakeholders is very clear, we will always treat people in our business and supply chain fairly. We continuously review and improve our practices to ensure that we have the most effective responses to prevent and remediate any negative impact on human rights.

OUR BUSINESS AND SUPPLY CHAINS

We operate a family of accountable businesses, including

  • design and decorating services
  • interior collection and accessories
  • project management
  • property services

Although primarily based in the UK, we sell into overseas countries via online and partners around the world.  Our product supply chains are locally sourced and global, with suppliers in Europe and Africa.

GOVERNANCE

The Director of each of our partner and contractor businesses is responsible for Modern Slavery activity within their operations. Tabern Place’s accountability is held by the Director with input and sign off by practitioners across the business and external stakeholders. 

POLICIES AND CONTRACTUAL CONTROLS

We have a due diligence programme based on risk assessment and effective follow up.  We also have an appropriate level of colleague and supplier training and a strong emphasis on collaborative partnerships, stakeholder dialogue and transparency.  We continuously review and improve our policies and detailed guidance with input from practitioners across the business, suppliers and external stakeholders. 

We have strengthened our Global Sourcing Principles. This included clarifying the position on expectation on supplier transparency and the requirement for additional due diligence if operating or sourcing in high risk locations.  Other expectations include the following;

  • Adherence to local and national laws
  • Freedom of workers to terminate employment
  • Freedom of movement
  • Freedom of association
  • Prohibits any threat of violence, harassment and intimidation
  • Prohibits the use of worker-paid recruitment fees
  • Prohibits compulsory overtime
  • Prohibits child labour
  • Prohibits discrimination
  • Prohibits confiscation of workers original identification documents
  • Provides access to remedy, compensation and justice for victims of modern slavery

RISK ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT

The annual Modern Slavery risk assessment approach is aligned with the Tabern Place risk register method, considering changes to external and internal risks and how these are mitigated. The manifestations of Modern Slavery are complex and hidden, so our risk assessment includes the following, to enable us to prioritise activity; detailed mapping of supply chains and operations, desk- based research, supplier surveys, supplier engagement, and discussions with expert stakeholders.

We work with partners in the following countries and we are tentatively prioritising them as high risk for Modern Slavery: Nigeria, Italy, United Kingdom.

DUE DILIGENCE PROCESSES

Having established risk, we conduct due diligence within our supply chains and operations to understand whether there is evidence of Modern Slavery issues, and whether there are enough controls in place.  All new and existing direct suppliers are required to have ethical audits, conducted by third parties. If issues are identified, appropriate investigative and remedial actions are taken.

TRAINING ON MODERN SLAVERY AND TRAFFICKING

Training and raising awareness remain a key focus for the business and our extended supply chains, building the capacity of our key colleagues.  And ensuring that all personnel are given increased responsibility for understanding and mitigating Modern Slavery risk, as well as raising awareness across the business through training.