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Anti Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy

Policy Statement

This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, agents, contractors and suppliers.

Universal Wood Products Ltd strictly forbids the use of modern slavery and human trafficking in our operations and supply chain. We have and will continue to be committed to implementing systems and controls aimed at ensuring that modem slavery is not taking place anywhere within our organisation or in any of our supply chains. We expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.


Modem Slavery and Human Trafficking

Modem Slavery is a term used to encompass slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour, bonded and child Iabour and human trafficking. Human trafficking is where a person arranges or facilitates the travel of another person with a view to that person being exploited. Modem slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. See our human rights policy.


We shall be a company that expects everyone working with us or on our behalf to support and uphold the following measures to safeguard against modem slavery. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modem slavery in our organisation and our supply chains. The prevention, demotion and reporting of modem slavery in any part of our organisation or supply chain is the responsibility of all those working for us or on our behalf. Workers must not engage in, facilitate or fail to report any activity that might lead to, or suggest a breach of this policy. We are committed to engaging with our stakeholders and suppliers to address the risk of modem slavery in our operations and supply chain. We take a risk-based approach to our contracting processes and keep them under review. We assess whether the circumstances warrant inclusion of specific prohibitions against the use of modern slavery and trafficked labour in our contracts with third parties. Using our risk-based approach we will also assess the methods of writing to suppliers requiring them to comply with our Code of Conduct, which sets out the minimum standards required to combat modem slavery and trafficking. Consistent with our risk-based approach we may require:

  • employment and recruitment agencies and other third parties supplying our business to confirm their compliance with our Code of Conduct
  • suppliers engaging workers through a third party to obtain that third parties agreement to adhere to the Code

As part of our ongoing risk assessment and due diligence processes we will consider whether the circumstances warrant us carrying out audits of suppliers for their compliance with our Code of Conduct. If we find that other individuals or organisations working on our behalf have breached this policy we will ensure that we take appropriate action. This may range from considering the possibility of breaches being remedied and whether that might represent the best outcome for those individuals impacted by the breach to terminate such relationships.

Issued: November 2017

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