Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement


ETHICAL TRADING AND HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY

Le Feu operates under a number of fundamental principles which it believes are important to uphold and which are contained in its Code of Conduct.

This policy outlines our intentions and ethical standards in the sourcing of materials from suppliers and potential suppliers and expresses the standards concerning safe and fair working conditions for employees, the responsible management of social and environmental issues within the Company and our supply chain. 

As a company we support organisations in upholding human rights principles, wherever we operate. We need to ensure that we are not involved in human rights violations, either directly or indirectly and that we operate in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and take account of other internationally accepted human rights standards, e.g.: the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Fundamental Conventions.

In addition to this we promote human rights through our employment policies and practices and through our supply. In support of choosing businesses with which we wish to develop long term partnerships, we have established key principles which we expect any partnering businesses to adhere to.

These have been based on the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code. Our key principles are as follows:

  1. Employment is freely chosen
  2. Freedom of association is respected
  3. Working conditions are safe and hygienic, including safe housing where appropriate
  4. Child labour shall not be used
  5. Living wages are paid in line with local law
  6. Working hours are not excessive and according to labour law.
  7. Discrimination is not practised
  8. Regular employment is provided
  9. No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed 

Ethical Trading Principles

Environmental Impact Suppliers should, as a minimum, comply with all statutory and local legal requirements relating to the environmental impacts of their business in their country. In addition, steps should be taken to optimise the use of energy and natural resources and reduce the generation of waste. Le Feu aims to use a variety of assessment methods to verify ethical sourcing standards. 

Le Feu will work collaboratively with our suppliers on the implementation of the Policy, which may include:

  1. Vendor assessment questionnaires or joint audits
  2. Site visits
  3. Individual and group employee interviews

Principle - Operating

We encourage a spirit of mutual trust between Le Feu and our suppliers and will work with them to achieve required ethical standards and, as far as possible, at no increase in cost or decrease in quality. Any site visits conducted, or interviews completed will be reported and the results communicated to suppliers to allow for transparency and feedback. We recognise this as a continuous improvement process, with the aim of working with suppliers to improve standards rather than find alternative sources of supply. We expect suppliers to agree with the ethical stance outlined in this policy and to commit to a programme of continuous improvement.