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Modern Day Slavery Statement

Modern Day Slavery Statement 2019

Natural Stone Industry background:

Natural stone production worldwide has some very complex supply chains. There can be some very good visibility at tier one factory level but much less further down the chain at sub-contract and quarry level. Due to the weight, awkwardness and cost of moving raw natural stone quarry blocks they are often processed into finished products at factories located beside the quarry source.

In large countries such as China, this means that a lot of production occurs at partner factories to the actual suppliers, that importers are dealing directly with. Also as with other industries there can be a substantial amount of sub-contract work done, as jobs are shared by neighbouring factories to manage lead-times. There are seasonal “highs and lows” in our market place and this can mean that there is a substantial amount of labour who are temporary and not employed directly by the factory. These temporary workers are often in a much more vulnerable position than the permanent workers, being less likely to have formal contracts or insurance cover and are more at risk of suffering labour rights abuses.

Often it is illegal and unchecked mines and quarries that can be responsible for bonding workers. Ultimately it will be the build up of pressure on local and national Government bodies, to ensure enforcement of local and International Labour Organisation laws, that will bring about the necessary changes. When you drill down into the whole concept and reasoning behind the Modern Day Slavery Act, it is to protect the workers that produce the goods that we consume here in the UK. When you buy something that costs very little it is probably the case that the workers who produced the product are being taken advantage of in some way. Low pay, long hours, physical and verbal abuse, forced and slave labour are all the more likely. It is a conundrum which is hard to solve.

We all look for a bargain but do not always consider the cost. In our industry when the contractors have the orders to place, their buyers have the job of finding the cheapest price. Our investment in Ethical work and the fact that we will only trade with ethically supportive factories, means that there is an extra overhead to be considered. The more pressure that the UK consumers place on business and Government to demand evidence of ethical sourcing the better. This is the best way forward for sustainable change.

CED Ethical Supply Structure:

Supplier Participation:

CED Business Ethical Principles:

CED Business Ethical Process and Due Diligence:

Ethical Communication:

Current work and strategy:

Targets to increase the effectiveness of our strategy to tackling Modern Day Slavery: