Our approach to modern slavery within our own business operations is managed through a working group consisting of the Company Secretary, the Head of Procurement, a People Business Partner and the Head of Quality and Sustainability, with valuable input from departments around the business. The Company Secretary reports to the Executive Board and the Dunelm Group Board on modern slavery issues, and the Dunelm Group Board approves our annual Slavery Trafficking statement (pursuant to Section 54, Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015) and formally reviews our policy and performance on ethical trading and modern slavery every year. Our full statement is available here.
Following a risk assessment of our own premises and the related supply chain in 2016, our Executive Board approved an action plan which is reviewed annually. For example, we limit and – as far as possible – eliminate the use of agency workers at our customer service and manufacturing centres, and limit our usage in our warehouses, distribution centres and in our home delivery network. At our Stoke warehouse we audit our own colleague policies and practices, our use of agency workers, and provide training for our management colleagues and distribution partners. We have also added a question to our interview process to make sure that nobody has paid any amounts in order to secure a job. Our ‘Speak up’ whistleblowing helpline is open to all colleagues, all workers on our premises and suppliers.