Corporate and Social Responsibility

Modern Slavery Act 2015: Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

INTRODUCTION FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act) and sets out the steps that Hj Design Ltd (HJ linen) will be taking to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business, or that of our supply chain.

HJ linen is committed to running its business responsibly, striving to maintain high ethical principles and having respect for human rights. One of our core values is to behave, and to be recognised, as a good citizen in the communities in which our businesses operate. As part of this value we are aware of our legal and moral obligations towards combatting forced, bonded or compulsory labour, human trafficking and other kinds of slavery and are committed to monitoring and improving our practices in this area on an ongoing basis.

HJ linen does not knowingly conduct business with individuals, agencies, or companies that conduct, support, condone or facilitate human trafficking or slavery.

OUR BUSINESS

HJ linen, which is incorporated, domiciled and trading in the UK, provides textile related services to both businesses and consumers. At HJ, we provide quality linen hire and bespoke design services for restaurants in London using luxury, durable fabrics and textiles. Great service and innovation are our passion, and we work closely with prestigious high-end restaurants and hotels in London to deliver a smooth and efficient bespoke linen design, hire and laundry.

OUR POLICY ON SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

We are committed at HJ linen to high standards of corporate governance which we consider are critical to business integrity. We expect all of our directors, employees and suppliers to act with honesty, integrity and fairness. Our business principles set out the standards we set ourselves to ensure we operate lawfully, with integrity and with respect for others.

As part of this commitment, we are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains or in any part of our business. We fully acknowledge our responsibility to respect human rights as set out in the International Bill of Human Rights and we are also committed to implementing the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights throughout our operations.

OUR SUPPLY CHAIN

HJ Linen sources a wide range of goods and services from suppliers based both in the UK and overseas. In all of our dealings with those suppliers we strive to ensure that the highest ethical standards are reached at all times. As part of our tendering process, we require our suppliers to support and demonstrate our values, which is an essential component of our approach to Corporate Social Responsibility.

EMPLOYEES AND TRAINING

All new employees are subject to pre-employment checks to confirm their identity and eligibility to work in the UK prior to their starting work with HJ linen. Information is provided to all employees on their statutory rights including sick pay, holiday pay and any other benefits they may be entitled to by virtue of their employment. We pay all directly employed labour at least the living or minimum wage, as relevant.

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, all Directors have been briefed on the subject and we provide training to relevant members of staff. Through this training, all employees are encouraged to identify and report any potential or actual wrongdoing.

FURTHER STEPS AND SUPPLIER DUE DILIGENCE

We believe that the risk of slavery and human trafficking within our own organisation is substantially mitigated as a result of our strong collective sense of vision and purpose, our cultural values and commitment to ethical behaviour, supported by our policies and procedures, however, we are not complacent and we recognise that there is always more that can be done. We will continuously seek to develop our practices where possible and to work with our suppliers and contractors to be as certain as we can be that they hold the same values as us.

Wherever possible, we will expect suppliers to have suitable anti-slavery and human trafficking policies and processes within their businesses and to cascade those policies to their suppliers. Our standard supplier contractual terms and conditions will be revised to include a provision requiring suppliers (and each of their sub-contractors) to comply with the Act. The standards we expect will address a broad spectrum of working conditions including fair remuneration, working hours, no child labour, respect, non-discrimination, health, safety and wellbeing, as well as freedom from forced labour.

Managing Director
Eivin Berget