Kent Express Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement
This Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Kent Express Limited’s t/a MyDentalUniform (“Kent Express”) slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2016.
This Statement sets out the steps MyDentalUniform takes to understand and address any risk of slavery and human trafficking related to its business.
Our organisation’s structure
Kent Express t/a MyDentalUniform is the UK’s leading mail order dental company. It has a well-developed system of internal authorities, controls and policies. Kent Express has a well-developed system of internal authorities, controls and policies.
Our Supply Chain
Kent Express t/a MyDentalUniform has 3 main active suppliers for dental uniforms.
Kent Express t/a MyDentalUniform is dedicated to maintaining the highest ethical standards. A fundamental principle of our Business Standards is to “adhere to the legal and regulatory requirements that govern all aspects of our business, including the procurement, sale and distribution of our products”. This applies to our own organization as well as to third parties that we work and cooperate with.
Our working practices and Human Resource policies commit MyDentalUniform to providing a workplace that is free from discrimination, intimidation, hostility, and violence.
MyDentalUniform has adopted a Supplier Code of Conduct (the Code) which is being integrated into our quality system. The Code sets out our expectations of suppliers in relation to human rights. It expressly states that suppliers have to provide an environment where employment decisions are based on free choice and may not involve forced or prison labour, physical punishment or threats of violence or other forms of physical, sexual, psychological or verbal abuse as a method of discipline or control. The code prohibits child labour and demands adherence to the minimum employment age limit as defined by applicable laws.
While we do not see any risk of forced labour or child labour within our own organization, we are reviewing the language in our HR policies in order to reinforce our zero tolerance message on such issues.
Currently we are not aware of any forced labour or child labour within our supply chain, but we are taking steps to identify, better understand and address any such potential risks.
For existing suppliers, Kent Express t/a MyDentalUniform has started a process to identify potential risk areas. This process will include sending an electronic questionnaire to our suppliers requesting information in order to build transparency on this issue to determine the level of social accountability and compliance within our supply chain.
For new suppliers, the requirements of the Code are being integrated into the initial supplier due diligence pack. Suppliers are expected to confirm in writing their adherence to the principles set forth in the Code.
In light of the Modern Slavery Act, we are assessing our interaction with suppliers and will review supplier responses to our questionnaires to continue to identify any areas of risk and concern. In the event that a real or potential risk is identified, we plan to commence supplier audits and we will seek to engage with any affected suppliers to address and eliminate any critical issues.