Modern Slavery Statement 2016/2017

Statement

Modern day slavery and human trafficking is a worldwide issue, the abolishment of slavery and trafficking is a global priority. Cartridge Save is committed to reducing the risk of slavery within its supply chain.

Introduction

The purpose of this statement is to highlight the steps that Cartridge Save has taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking isn't present in its operations or supply chain. The information in this statement relates to the financial year of Cartridge Save ending 31st December 2016.

Our Business

Cartridge Save is an online printer supplies retailer, selling printer consumables to businesses and home users throughout the UK. We provide reliable product quality, excellent value for money and high customer services levels to all our consumers. Cartridge Save is registered and operated in Stockport, UK.

Internal Risk Management

Although Cartridge Save does not have a specific internal modern slavery policy, we ensure that all our employees have a safe work environment which is free from gender, race, religious, sexual orientation, disability, national origin and age discrimination. In conjunction with this, we comply with all UK legislation, including UK labour laws.

Training

Key purchasing staff are currently undergoing training in modern slavery, provided by the chartered institute of purchasing. This training covers methods of detection, legislation and risk factors involved in slavery and human trafficking.

Due Diligence In Our Supply Chain

Over the past year, Cartridge Save has reviewed its internal structure to highlight where the main risks of slavery and human trafficking might be present. Using the global slavery index, we were able to identify each of our suppliers as low, medium or high risk (for slavery compliance) based on their worldwide location. Our current supply chain consists of printer cartridge manufacturers, distributors and packaging manufacturers operating from a mixture of low, medium and high risk areas of the world.

From publishing and circulating a self-assessment questionnaire to our suppliers we were able to receive confirmation from all our suppliers that they complied with local slavery and human trafficking laws. This questionnaire also highlighted that the majority of our high risk suppliers frequently carried out regular site visits, document checks and audits of their own suppliers to check for violations in local slavery laws.

Cartridge Save's directors have also made site visits to some of our high risk suppliers. These site visits showed the workers operating in a clean and safe working environment and did not raise any concerns of slavery and human trafficking.

Zero Tolerance Policy

Cartridge Save does not tolerate any form of slavery and human trafficking.

If provided with strong evidence that one of our suppliers has broken a local law regarding slavery and human trafficking, we will notify them of a 90 day deadline by which the supplier must provide strong evidence that the compliance issue has been resolved. At present we have not found any evidence of human trafficking and slavery in our supply chain.

Cartridge Save will never knowingly conduct business with organisations involved with human slavery or trafficking.

Moving Forward:

In the financial year of 2017, Cartridge Save aims to:

  • Internally publish Cartridge Save's internal policies and procedures for dealing with human trafficking and slavery
  • Include provisions in all new, major supply contracts requiring suppliers to comply with local human trafficking and slavery laws. We will also require suppliers to effectively manage slavery risk in their own supply chain.