Modern Slavery Act.
ANTI-SLAVERY AND ANTI-TRAFFICKING STATEMENT
This statement is made pursuant to section 5-4(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“Act”). This statement sets out the steps to be taken by Kaashmira Ltd and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement, for the current financial year.
Kaashmira is 'the adobe of sarees, the leading online marketplace connecting the designers, weavers, wholesalers, manufacturers, exporters, retailers and individual sellers across the world. The brand offers its customers a global platform for sellers and buyers, a curated product selection with unique designs, high-quality craftsmanship and inspiring stories about the people who make them.
Founded in 2019, Kaashmira Ltd is based at 22 Drake House, Mill Drive, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 7GL, United Kingdom & Kaashmira Online Marketplace Private Limited is based at 48/2534, Elamakkara.P.O, Kochi – 682 026, Kerala, India
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. We have a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and, taking into account our marketplace structure, to implementing and enforcing effective systems to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our business or in any of our supply chains.
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business or our supply chains. Our Anti-Slavery and Anti-Trafficking Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.
The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any part of our business or throughout our supply chain is the responsibility of all those working for us, with us or under our control. Our employees are required to avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this statement. All employees are required to read, understand and comply in full with our Anti-Slavery and Anti-Trafficking Policy.
We also operate a Whistleblowing Policy, which encourages our employees to report any concerns or wrongdoing which extends to any human rights violations like modern slavery. All reports will be fully investigated and appropriate remedial action taken.
REPORTING ON KPIS AND ASSESSMENT OF RISK
We understand that our biggest exposure to modern slavery is within our own business and within our supply chain. In our 2019/2020 statement, we are committed to report on our key points of action to tackle modern slavery. The below table sets out what we intend to do:
|Our Modern Slavery Policy is accessible to all employees on our staff intranet. Employees are required under their employment contracts to review this from
time to time. The policy is kept under review.
Our 'Seller Terms and Conditions' continue to reference the Act and the fact that all Sellers of kaashmira.com are required to comply with it in their business dealings. Failure to do so may lead to a Sellers's suspension or removal from the site.
We will be sending communications to all Sellers to ensure their continued compliance with the Act at all times.
Our Procurement process requires suppliers to confirm their compliance with the Act. This is a mandatory field to be filled in as part of the Request for Proposal form.
In the year ahead, we will continue to consider and take the following actions, which are appropriate and proportionate to the Kaashmira`s risk profile:
- (i).Identify and assess any further risk areas in our supply chain (Partners and others);
- (ii).Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chain (Partners and others);
- (iii).Protect whistle blowers within our business and take appropriate remedial action if necessary;
- (iv).Continue to monitor potential risk areas in our supply chain (Partners and others); and
- (v).Stay up to date with any recognised changes to the Act or related legislation.
We are committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We expect the same high standards from all of our Partners, contractors and other business suppliers and, as part of our contracting processes, we now include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude,whether adults or children, and we expect our Sellers to hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
5.RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS STATEMENT
Our Board of Directors has overall responsibility for ensuring that all those under our control comply with this statement and our related policies. Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring their reports understand this statement and comply with our Anti-Slavery and Anti-Trafficking Policy.
The Kaashmira Legal Team has primary and day-to-day responsibility for dealing with this statement and any queries about it, and auditing internal control systems and procedures to ensure they are effective in countering modern slavery.
Training on the risks our business faces from modern slavery in our supply chain is mandatory for all key individuals who work for Kaashmira and shall be provided as necessary.
Our approach to modern slavery shall continue to be communicated to all our Sellers, other suppliers and contractors at the outset of our business relationship with them and shall be reinforced as appropriate thereafter.
We are committed to maintaining and improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking. This statement has been approved by the Board of Kaashmira.
Bany Esther Joseph
Last Updated: August 2019