Global Vision welcomes the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Global awareness of modern slavery (slavery, forced labour, servitude and human trafficking) is rising.
Global Vision Direct Limited T/A Artisan Furniture is a trade only business selling Furniture and Home Accessories. We are a British company based in Central London with our own factory in Jaipur, India where we manufacture all of our furniture. Our storage unit in Ipswich which is near Felixstowe, the largest port in the UK.
We source from India and China. Our customers are comprised of independent retailers, large corporate accounts, large online ecommerce companies as well as wholesalers.
The majority of our products are shipped from our factory which is BSCI compliant with regard to social audit, furthermore all the timber is EUTR compliant with regard to responsible forestry.
Factories and suppliers are identified through trade fairs and while some will inevitably be new to us, we have been dealing with the majority for many years. Our main suppliers are visited on a regular basis by our team based in India and China who check for compliance with our policies. We operate in an open and honest way with our suppliers and pride ourselves on prompt payment and maintaining excellent working relationships with them.
We operate a zero-tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure our factory and suppliers comply with our policies we require them to read, confirm their understanding and sign up to our requirements.
We operate through a linear supply chain mechanism:
We aim to minimise the carbon footprint and are closely working with local agencies.
Global Vision sources products from India and China and works closely and collaboratively with our suppliers and factory. We inspect them regularly and expect the highest standards.
We are committed to prohibiting any form of modern slavery from our supply chain. Our inspectors are aware of the importance we attach to integrity and doing the right thing. They are encouraged to report any incident of ethical concern that they witness, including forced labour, child labour, human trafficking or any other human rights abuses.
While no country or industry can be immune from the risks of modern slavery, it is everyone’s responsibility to take steps to guard against such risks, and we at Global Vision support safe and voluntary employment within our suppliers and supply chain. We acknowledge how modern slavery and abusive labour conditions can be sustained through the procurement of goods from unethical suppliers.
We therefore encourage the reporting of any malpractice in this regard to our local agents and are developing general policies on recruitment, worker integration and protection. We hope these will embed a culture of learning in our suppliers.
Our due diligence includes the routine assessment of risks posed by our operations.
These include risks at our suppliers, in our freight forwarding, and in our warehouse operations and office functions.
We carry out appropriate due diligence when engaging with our suppliers. Included in this is an assessment of modern slavery risk.
Global Vision expects factories and suppliers to fully co-operate with our Modern Slavery Policy and any subsequent investigations into abuses.
Global Vision expects all factories and suppliers to comply with all forced labour laws and to take steps to prevent human trafficking and slavery.
If any poor labour practices are identified, and there is an opportunity to influence these, Global Vision will work with a supplier to achieve better practices.
In serious cases, Global Vision will immediately cease contractual relations with that factory/supplier.
We offer guidance on Modern Slavery and Trafficking to all suppliers. This is either though our local factory visits or direct from our UK base.