Modern Slavery Act Statement
Perspex International Ltd.
As required by the Modern Slavery Act 2015, section 54 (1) (the “Act”), this statement outlines the steps that Perspex International Ltd has taken during the Financial Year ending December 2019, to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not present within our supply chains or our own business.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. At Perspex International Ltd we’re committed to doing business in a responsible way and we expect this from our staff and suppliers.
Perspex International Ltd is a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of acrylic sheet. Perspex International Ltd was formed in 2018, but the manufacturing plant based in Darwen has been producing Perspex branded acrylic sheet since the early 1940s. With world-class research, development and manufacturing facilities based in the UK, partnered with a reliable distribution network that covers the globe; we are able to deliver a constant stream of inspiring solutions. We are part of the 3A Composites Group and our ultimate parent company is Schweiter Technologies AG, based in Switzerland.
People & Recruitment
Our people are our most valuable asset. We have a permanent establishment of over 200 employees and we also engage temporary staff and contractors, the number of which varies depending upon business demand. We ensure that we comply with legal requirements in relation to recruitment of all employees, including national minimum wage, immigration requirements and right to work and other national legislative requirements.
Supply Chain Overview
Our supply chain is extremely diverse and primarily focuses on the sourcing of goods, services and raw materials to support the manufacture of PERSPEX®, ASTERITE® and semi-finished products.
We purchase the majority of our raw materials, services and goods from third-party suppliers who are located in the UK or throughout Europe.
This statement reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships. Our commitment to ethical practices is echoed in our Group Worldwide Code of Conduct, issued to all employees and business partners. The Worldwide Code of Conduct describes how we should behave in our daily work, including how we should conduct ourselves when dealing with each other, our customers, business partners, suppliers and other stakeholders. It firms our commitment to respecting human rights.
We continue to strive to find effective ways of removing modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business and will be reviewing our progress on an annual basis.
Supplier Adherence to Our Values
We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain comply with our values we will strengthen our knowledge and work closer with our suppliers. We expect our suppliers to sign our Modern Slavery Code of Conduct, acknowledging their acceptance to our zero tolerance approach and expectations. We conduct due diligence on all of our suppliers before granting them the status of becoming an approved supplier.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide mandatory annual awareness training to relevant members of staff. Our zero tolerance approach to modern slavery is communicated to all suppliers and contractors when entering into new or renewed contracts with them. All Directors have been briefed on the subject.
Through our supplier management database, which monitors our supply base performances, there have been no concerns raised on ethical matters (including slavery and human trafficking) throughout the last 12 months.
Breach of the Policy
Perspex International Ltd may terminate its commercial relationship with suppliers, contractors and other business partners if they breach this policy and/or are found to have been involved in modern slavery.