Modern Slavery Act 2015 Transparency Statement.
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires businesses to disclose the steps they are taking to tackle slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking (together known as modern slavery). This statement, published in accordance with the Act, sets out the steps that Furn4 Ltd and all our UK operating companies will take in order to prevent modern slavery in our business and in our supply chain for the financial year ending 30 November 2018.
At Furn4 Ltd we respect human rights and do not tolerate any form of modern slavery. We recognise that no supply chain is without risk of modern slavery and it is our responsibility to ensure that we understand these risks and work in partnership with our suppliers to mitigate them.
Furn4 Ltd is an online furniture retail company whose trading styles include Rattan and Teak and Conservatory and Cane. We trade in the UK only through our Rattan and Teak website and through other online sales platforms including Ebay, Amazon and Facebook. We also trade at shows, exhibitions, events and garden centres across the UK.
Our ambition is to offer our customers high quality furniture which, wherever possible, has been manufactured in a truly sustainable way and which is manufactured from sustainable source materials. Having been founded in November 2017, our plan is to expand organically, growing our customer base on the back of the positive feedback and reviews we receive from our customers who will be able to benefit from our small, friendly, caring customer service and professional delivery team. By working primarily with a single local supplier at the outset, and then gradually introducing new suppliers as our company grows, we will be able to develop close and deep relationships with our suppliers, giving us more visibility over our supply chain and reducing risk, including human rights risks. We have chosen a primary supplier who sources furniture and products from suppliers that are audited by Smartwood and from overseas suppliers who are audited by risk assessment to ensure that the furniture complies with current EU Regulations.
We aim to operate sustainably ourselves by protecting natural resources and designing out waste, by working with suppliers who respect human rights and protect the environment, and by supporting the communities in which we work.
Our commitment to human rights
At Furn4 Ltd we respect human rights and aim to positively promote and support the human rights of our employees, workers in our supply chain and others affected by our business activities. We are committed to prevent any modern slavery or human rights abuses in our business and supply chain and to investigate any alleged breaches of our policies. We aim to eradicate the risk of modern slavery from our business and supply chain.
Our approach to human rights is guided by international conventions and standards including the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
Due diligence and ethical audits of our supply chain
To comply with our Modern Slavery Act 2015 Transparency Statement, we will carry out due diligence and annual audits of our supply chain to check compliance with Furn4 Ltd's ethical standards, including those relating to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and to ethical sourcing, including from existing and any new suppliers of goods we sell and use. Through our commitment to responsible sourcing of wood, most of our wood products are sourced from sustainable forests that are audited against environmental and social standards, and which meet criteria for the monitoring of health, safety and labour issues throughout the supply chain. Furthermore, many of our timber products are manufactured from reclaimed teak, which helps to reduce the problem of deforestation.