Modern slavery is a crime resulting in an abhorrent abuse of the human rights of vulnerable workers. It can take various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking.
WR Ferris LTD has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and is committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all of its business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking are not taking place anywhere within either its own business or in any of its supply chains, consistent with its obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
WR Ferris LTD is a family business, selling luxury jewellery and watches and offering services such as; jewellery and watch repairs, valuations and bespoke jewellery design. As well as creating our own unique pieces, WR Ferris LTD sell items purchased from external brands.
WR Ferris LTD expects the same high standards from all of its suppliers, contractors and other business partners and expects that its suppliers will in turn hold their own suppliers to the same standards.
All suppliers are required to operate in an ethical and responsible manner, respecting all applicable laws and such laws relating to the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. They are required to treat their employees fairly throughout the supply chain; offering good working conditions and reasonable rates of pay.
WR Ferris LTD will only purchase from reputable suppliers who can guarantee the materials are ethically sourced. We will always try to work with suppliers who are members of the Responsible Jewellery Council and our diamond suppliers are required to state the diamonds are conflict free and abide by the Kimberly Process before we proceed in any business.
Our Buying team is trained in our requirements and will always consider the expectations when exploring new suppliers.
Suppliers are expected to notify WR Ferris LTD immediately if they become aware of Modern Slavery or any breach of Human Rights within their organisation or supply chains.
RESPONSIBILITY AND COMPLIANCE
As stated in the Company’s Internal Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking policy; the prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any part of the Company’s business or supply chains, whether in the UK or abroad, is the responsibility of all those working for the Company or under the Company’s control.
WR Ferris LTD assures compliance in its recruitment process by ensuring all employees are to have ‘Right to Work in the UK’ documentation before proceeding with employment. All employees are paid a competitive wage, are entitled to additional benefits and are paid using PAYE. The Company undergoes regular health and safety visits to each location to ensure the working conditions are safe and compliant. In the case the Company was to ever employ young workers, there is a strict policy in place which requires us to undergo risk assessments under regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulation 1999.
The Company Directors have overall responsibility for ensuring that this statement complies with the Company’s legal and ethical obligations and line managers are responsible for ensuring that those reporting to them understand and comply.
All employees are encouraged to raise concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any part of the Company’s business or supply chains. WR Ferris LTD will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith, even if they turn out to be mistaken. WR Ferris LTD is committed to ensuring no one suffers any detrimental treatment or victimisation as a result of reporting their suspicion that modern slavery is or may be taking place in any part of its business or in any of its supply chains.
TRAINING AND COMMUNICATION
Training on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking will be provided to management responsible for chain-related decisions and product purchasing.
WR Ferris LTD have published an internal Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy, which is available to all employees, to ensure we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner throughout the company.
BREACH OF THE POLICY
The Company may terminate its commercial relationship with suppliers, contractors and other business partners if they breach this policy and/or are found to have been involved in modern slavery.
Any employee who breaches this policy will face disciplinary action, up to and including summary dismissal for gross misconduct.
- ANNUAL MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENTS -
MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT – 2018 (Published 2019)