This is Kenwood Limited’s statement on modern slavery and human trafficking pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and demonstrates our commitment to eliminating the risk of forced, bonded, compulsory labour or human trafficking within our own operation and supply chain.
This statement is made on behalf of Kenwood Limited, a private company registered in England and Wales with registered company number 00872044.
This statement has been approved by the Board of Directors of Kenwood Limited.
Organisation structure, our business and Supply chain
Kenwood Limited has been supplying small domestic electrical appliances into the market since the 1950’s and has grown to be one of the UK’s largest suppliers in this field. We offer a comprehensive range of electrical household food preparation appliances including the iconic Kenwood Chef and offer expert after-sales services.
Kenwood Limited is part of the De’Longhi Group of Companies who have their corporate headquarters in Treviso, Italy and was founded by the De’Longhi family in 1902. The De’Longhi Group is split into operational brand headquarters. The De’Longhi brand has headquarters in Treviso, Italy, the Kenwood brand in Havant, UK and the Braun Household brand in Frankfurt, Germany.
The De’Longhi Group is present in 33 countries with direct commercial subsidiaries and sells its product to countries all over the world, remaining committed to creating innovations that bring convenience and style into every customers' home making the everyday better.
Kenwood’s supply chain is global and covers multiple sectors from raw material producers to packaging suppliers. In addition to De’Longhi group manufacturing facilities, we work with a wide network of third parties at all stages of the supply process.
Many of our Partners are established businesses operating within the electrical goods manufacturing marketplace with their own social and ethical policies. We expect all Suppliers and Partners to maintain a supply chain that is free from Modern Slavery and human trafficking and to conform to De’Longhi Group and Kenwood Limited policies in this area.
Policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking
The De’Longhi Group has a publicly available Code of Ethical Conduct setting out our ethical trading standards (“Code”). This Code was last updated in July 2018 and is subject to periodic internal stakeholder review. The Code establishes the De’Longhi Group’s ambition to uphold exemplary ethical standards within our supply chain and our expectation that our Supplier and Partners will do the same. The Code details our expectation that our Suppliers and Partners uphold the principles of the Code in their own supply chains. In the event of suspected or known non-compliance, the Code provides us with the ability to take remedial action which, in the most severe circumstances, includes terminating the relationship with that Supplier or Partner.
Additional to the Code, Kenwood Limited has created a Modern Slavery Policy which we will be issuing to all employees followed by a training programme. This will also be incorporated into the Induction programme for new employees.
Due diligence in relation to slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chain
Local quality teams carry out due diligence and audits of our supply chain to check compliance with the De’Longhi Group Code of Ethical Conduct. Additionally, due diligence and audits are carried out to the relevant De’Longhi Group Social Code of Conduct, as the location of the supplier premises dictate, and responses are recorded.
Our Business Partners, their suppliers and/or sub-contractors, as well as any other entity directly and/or indirectly belonging or being related, in any way, to the supply chain involved in the manufacturing of our products and/or of their parts, attachments and components, are requested to observe and to protect the rights of the Employees at any time and under any circumstance under the principles set out in the De’Longhi Group Social Code of Conduct (the “SCoC”).
Safeguarding activity shall be performed both in observance of the local laws and of the European Convention on Human Rights principles, and it shall be applied regardless whether the Employees are directly or indirectly employed by our Suppliers or Partners. Unless it is otherwise specified, it is implicitly understood that our Suppliers or Partners are consequently bound to vouch for their suppliers and/or for their sub-contractors for the observance of the aforesaid Codes.
Parts of the business at risk
We have identified that our biggest current risks of exposure to modern day slavery sits within the product supply chains of our owned brands regional products. To combat this, we have an established programme of supplier assessment, which is delivered through our own regional quality teams supplemented, if necessary, by a small number of pre-approved third-party assessment bodies.
We have developed a programme that ensures our business partners and suppliers are fully aware of the standards and expectations that the De’Longhi Group require. This is achieved through a range of measure including the requirement for suppliers to display De’Longhi Group Social Code of Conduct for all employees to view.
We want to work with suppliers who are open and transparent, so in order to reinforce this commitment, we request suppliers to agree to our right of unannounced visits at any time.
Effectiveness of measures
We recognise that we cannot achieve our aims without the support of our Suppliers and Partners and we have a responsibility to engage with our industry sector to tackle the growing issues surrounding Modern Slavery. All of our Business partners and suppliers must agree to provide evidence of their related compliance programs. If our Quality teams identify any non-compliance, we work with our Suppliers on remedial action plans to ensure identified are addressed and corrected. If any supplier is unwilling to work with us to achieve compliance, we will, as a last resort terminate our business relationship.
Training of staff
To effectively tackle Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, we must raise awareness across our business and industry sector, so that responsibility for identifying issues is shared by all employees if they witness any occurrences of bad practice.
We are rolling out a new programme to ensure all Kenwood limited staff and those Quality Auditing teams based in Hong Kong and China received training in relation to Modern Slavery including how to escalate concerns.
We will continue to build on the progress made to date. Our auditing of Suppliers will continue, and data obtained from this will be used to identify areas to focus on in future years.
We recognise our Ethical codes require continuing monitoring and review and we will continue to proactively identify and manage risks in our business and Supply chain.
(Part of the De’Longhi Group)
24 September 2019