Thread The Word is committed to promoting and upholding ethical practices within our operations and supply chain. We recognise the importance of addressing modern slavery and human trafficking and strive to ensure that our business activities do not contribute to these violations. This Modern Slavery Statement outlines the steps we have taken to identify and mitigate the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking in our organization and supply chain.


Our Commitment: At Thread The Word, we condemn any form of forced labour, child labour, human trafficking, or any other violation of human rights. We are dedicated to acting ethically and responsibly in all aspects of our business, including the sourcing of materials. We believe in treating all individuals with dignity and respect, fostering safe and fair working conditions, and supporting the principles of the United Nations Global Compact.

Supply Chain Verification: We have implemented comprehensive procedures to ensure transparency and accountability in our supply chain. When selecting suppliers and factories overseas, we conduct thorough due diligence assessments to evaluate their compliance with ethical standards. Our assessments include evaluating their labour practices, health and safety standards, wages, working hours, and adherence to local laws and regulations.

Supplier Relationships: We build strong relationships with our suppliers based on trust, mutual respect, and shared commitment to ethical practices. We communicate our expectations regarding human rights and labour standards to all suppliers and request their compliance with applicable laws and regulations. We work collaboratively with our suppliers to address any identified issues, providing guidance and support to improve their practices.

Employee Awareness and Training: We believe that raising awareness among our employees is vital in preventing and combating modern slavery. We provide regular training and educational resources to our employees to enhance their understanding of modern slavery risks, warning signs, and reporting mechanisms. This empowers our workforce to identify and report any concerns related to modern slavery within our organisation or supply chain.

Monitoring and Compliance: To ensure ongoing compliance, we maintain monitoring mechanisms throughout our supply chain. Regular site visits, audits, and third-party assessments are conducted to verify our suppliers’ adherence to our ethical standards. In the event that non-compliance or any potential risks are identified, we take immediate action to address the issue and work with the supplier to implement corrective measures.

Reporting and Grievance Mechanisms: We encourage our employees, suppliers, and stakeholders to report any concerns or suspicions related to modern slavery. We have established accessible and confidential reporting channels to facilitate the reporting of such issues. We investigate all reports thoroughly, taking appropriate action to address any identified instances of modern slavery and prevent future occurrences.

Continuous Improvement: We recognize that combating modern slavery is an ongoing process, and we remain committed to continuous improvement. We regularly review and update our policies, procedures, and due diligence practices to adapt to evolving standards and best practices. We engage with external stakeholders, industry initiatives, and organisations dedicated to eradicating modern slavery to enhance our knowledge and collective efforts.

Approval: This Modern Slavery Statement has been approved by Thread The Word’s Director, demonstrating their commitment to driving our anti-slavery agenda and ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation and regulations.

This Modern Slavery Statement will be reviewed annually, updated as necessary, and made publicly available on our website to promote transparency and accountability.


Peter Thomas,
Founder
Thread The Word
08/06/2023

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