UK Modern Slavery Act 2015
UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 – Statement for financial year 2016/17
This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. While SOURCE does not fall under the scope of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015, this statement is made in the interests of transparency and to demonstrate
It sets out the steps that SOURCE has undertaken – and is continuing to take – to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
SOURCE has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting in an ethical manner, with integrity and transparency in all business dealings.
We are committed to creating effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
SOURCE (Shoresh in Hebrew) employs more than 200 workers. It has always been a groundbreaker in hydration and sandal technology and is well known in the Tactical Gear, hiking sandals, hydration and travel accessories categories
worldwide for over 20 years. SOURCE holds accreditation under ISO9001 (Quality Management) and ISO14001 (Environmental Management), and has embedded the principles of ISO26000 “Guidelines for Social Responsibility” in our business practices.
SOURCE is a company with strong ties and responsibility to the community, promoting and enhancing the idea of a sustainable local economy. Each year 5% of SOURCE’s net profit is dedicated to social or environmental activities in the nearby community.
We encourage our key partners and subcontractors do likewise under our “Give One Chance Program”, in which suppliers and distributors contribute 1% of their profits to social projects. More information can be found here:
SOURCE’s supply chain involves sourcing of raw materials globally, and manufacturing of textiles in South East Asia. The largest risk is in the workers within the supply chain being subjected to unacceptable working practices,
including child labour, bonded labour, unacceptable and/or hazardous working conditions. There is a particular risk in countries and regions where there are a large proportion of migrant workers and refugees.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These revolve around our company Credo, which is understood and embraced by all our staff, and our approved supplier process as part of ISO9001 and ISO14001 accreditations and the principles set out in ISO2600. Examples include:
- Recruitment policy. SOURCE’s policy, including conducting eligibility to work in Israel checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
- Whistleblowing policy. This ensures all employees know they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
- Company Credo. This credo explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act. The company credo can be read here:
- Responsible sourcing policy. This shows a commitment to responsible and sustainable business principles throughout the supply chain, including at the sourcing stage of raw materials. This policy could, for example, exclude sourcing from certain countries where potential for modern slavery have been identified.
SOURCE operates a robust approved supplier policy and maintains an approved supplier list. We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become an approved supplier.
This due diligence is based on taking up references, online searches and visits to suppliers. In case of manufacturing sub contractors, SOURCE productionise all products in house, then transfers the processes and techniques; this involves the additional safeguard of interacting with the workforce direct. For all new suppliers, in addition to the quality and environmental review, an audit of the working environment, employment mechanism, wages and the make up of the workforce is included.
Our anti-slavery policy does not yet form part of our contract with all suppliers.
Currently our training is based on our company credo, our approved supplier audit process, and the principles of ISO26000, which forms the basis on how we do business. We currently have no specific training related to Modern Slavery. This statement was approved by the founder and Director of SOURCE