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SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING STATEMENT

Introduction from the Managing Director of Operations


Slavery and human trafficking remains a hidden blight on our global society. We all have a responsibility to be alert to the risks, however small, in our business and in the wider supply chain. Staff are expected to report concerns and management are expected to act upon them.

Organisation's Structure


We are a group of leather manufacturing and associated companies. Scottish Leather Group Limited is the parent company of wholly owned subsidiaries, Andrew Muirhead & Son Limited, Bridge of Weir Leather Company Limited, NCT Leather Limited, SLG Technology Limited and W.J & W. Lang Limited. The group has its head office in the UK and all trading companies are in the UK. The group has an annual turnover in excess of £100M.

Our Business


Our business is organised into five autonomous business units. We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. We expect all those in our supply chain and contractors to comply with our values. All directors are responsible for compliance in their respective areas of responsibility and for their supplier relationships.

Training


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 training to relevant members of staff.

Our Effectiveness in Combating Slavery and Human Trafficking


We use the following key performance indicators (KPI's) to measure how effective we have been to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains:

Completion of business unit audits by directors and senior managers.

Use of labour monitoring and payroll systems; and

Level of communication and personal contact with the next link in the supply chains and their understanding of, and compliance with, our expectations.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our group's slavery and human trafficking statement for the current financial year.

Dr Warren Bowden

Managing Director of Operations
SLG Technology Limited

1st April 2020




CONFLICT MINERAL POLICY STATEMENT


Background

 

Scottish Leather Group does not use Conflict Minerals in the production of its leather. There are global concerns that proceeds from the mining, trade and sale of conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) are being used to directly or indirectly finance armed conflict and violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and several adjoining countries (the “DRC Region”).1 In an effort to curb the violence, a portion of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) required the Securities and Exchange Commission (”SEC”) to issue rules relating to the use of conflict minerals or “3TG” within manufactured products. In August 2012, the SEC issued a final rule implementing the “conflict minerals” disclosure requirements of the Dodd-Frank Act (the “SEC Conflict Minerals Reporting Rule”). If an SEC registrant manufactures (or contracts to manufacture) commercial products containing “3TG” that are necessary to the products’ functionality or production, the Rule requires that company to determine the origin and status of those minerals.2

Our Commitment


Scottish Leather Group is committed to conducting its business worldwide with respect for human rights and in compliance with all applicable laws, as evidenced by Our Vision, Mission and Values. To that end, Scottish Leather Group is taking steps to determine the origin of any 3TG that may be necessary to its products’ functionality or production.3 Scottish Leather Group will work closely with its supply chain partners and will seek, over time, to identify, reduce and eliminate the use in its products of conflict minerals that originate in the DRC Region and support armed conflict or violence.

Our Expectations


Scottish Leather Group expects its suppliers to partner it to comply with the reporting requirements set forth in the SEC Conflict Minerals Reporting Rule. Specifically, Scottish Leather Group expects that its suppliers will:

 

  1. Work with their own upstream suppliers to identify the chain of custody for any conflict minerals (including the smelter, country of origin, mine location and status of any conflict minerals that may be present);

  2. >Cooperate with Scottish Leather Group in connection with any due diligence (or additional due diligence) that Scottish Leather Group chooses to perform with respect to its country of origin inquiries;

  3. >Provide, upon request by Scottish Leather Group, reasonable proof of the due diligence performed by the supplier to support any country of origin/sourcing certification provided to Scottish Leather Group; and

  4. >As needed, assist Scottish Leather Group to identify opportunities to source DRC conflict mineral-free materials.

 

 

 

1 ”Conflict Minerals” or “3TG” are defined in Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act as columbite-tantalite (the ore from which tantalum is derived), cassiterite (the ore from which tin is derived), wolframite (the ore from which tungsten is derived) and gold.

2 Specifically, companies must determine whether: (i) any “conflict minerals” that are necessary to the functionality or production of a product originated in the covered countries; and (ii) whether the minerals directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the covered countries.

3 The due diligence process being followed by Scottish Leather Group is in material conformance with the current edition of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas and accompanying supplements.

SLG Technology Limited

Locher House

Kilbarchan Road

Bridge of Weir

Renfrewshire

PA11 3RN

Scotland

E-mail: contact@slgtechnology.com
Telephone +44 (0)1505 691700

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