Modern Slavery Statement
Poundland Group Limited, the parent company of Poundland Limited was acquired by Steinhoff International Holdings NV on 16 September 2016 and is currently part of Steinhoff UK Limited. Poundland Limited is one of Europe’s largest single price retailers with over 800 stores in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Spain.
Poundland sells top brands and great quality own brand products across 17 categories including health and beauty, household, food and drink, gardening, pet, stationery, books, DVDs and DIY.
Poundland takes its commitment to eliminating modern slavery very seriously. 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. Poundland has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our business or in any of our supply chains and will always assist any enforcement bodies.
We recognise that certain countries may be higher risk with regards to modern slavery and human trafficking. To strengthen our compliance network we have widened our supplier basen India, Pakistan, Turkey and Eastern Europe (Poland) and strengthened our Supplier Code of Conduct and Social Accountability awareness.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
- Recruitment policy. We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work checks in the relevant territory for all new colleagues to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
- Whistleblowing policy. We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all colleagues know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
- Code of Conduct. This code explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our colleagues and suppliers to act.
- Internal audit function. Our internal audit function operates independent scrutiny of the adoption of the above policies.
Poundland will not work with any organisation that is found to be knowingly involved with either human trafficking or modern slavery. As part of the wider Steinhoff Group, Poundland will continue to evaluate the options available in terms of specific and definitive collaborative engagement both in the UK and internationally.
31st March 2017
Supply Chain and Distribution Director
31st March 2017