The KENJI group of companies prohibits slavery, forced labour and human trafficking of any kind in relation to our business operations and our supply chains. We support the promotion of ethical business practices and policies to protect workers from any kind of abuse or exploitation in relation to our group businesses and supply chains.
Our group businesses
We are a general variety goods value retailer with stores operating in the UK. Our stores offer customers a large range of general merchandise products. Our group includes the following businesses:
- the KENJI general merchandise retail stores business which operates throughout the whole of the UK;
- the KENJI Wholesale business which operates and supplier national and chain retailers in UK, Europe and Asia.
Communication, compliance and risk assessment
In the last year we have taken the following steps in relation to our policy on anti-slavery and human trafficking:
- KENJI has continued to communicate the Group’s Workplace Policy to suppliers along with KENJI’s standard terms and conditions of purchase, which make it a condition of trading with KENJI that suppliers adhere to our Workplace Policy standards;
Our Workplace Policy will be reviewed from time to time, and at least once annually, to determine if any changes are required and any further communication with employees and suppliers.
In relation to the Group’s assessment of risk, a balance is drawn between reasonable reliance on verification processes which are required by our Group businesses or our sourcing agents. A small number of foods are sourced direct from produce suppliers. These are from a limited number of major suppliers who operate highly mechanised businesses which are non-labour intensive.
The vast majority of products which are imported into the UK by KENJI are sourced from Japan, China and Thailand. These are mainly machine manufactured goods, as opposed to labour intensive handmade products.
Where necessary overseas suppliers are required by the Group’s sourcing agent to provide social compliance reports. This also applies in relation to non-sourcing agent procured overseas suppliers. This provides a check on compliance with local laws and regulations including labour practices.
KENJI’s main Asia based sourcing agent and, where practicable, members of our UK buying team visit new suppliers also as part of our verification processes.
Consequences of failure to comply with our policy by our suppliers
In the event of any suspected failure by a supplier to comply with our Workplace Policy Statement, we will then investigate the circumstances of it with the supplier. In the event of a breach of the policy being identified as a result of such an investigation, we will review what appropriate remedial action we require the supplier to undertake and also determine on a case by case basis whether our trading relationship with that supplier should be monitored, suspended or terminated.
We continue to strive to find effective ways of improving communication and adherence to ethical business practices and assessment of risks and always welcome feedback from all stakeholders in relation to our business. Our policies, procedures and approach to verification processes are geared toward what we think are balanced and reasonable, practical and effective.
This statement is made under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and is our anti-modern slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year 2021/2022.
This statement has been approved by the Board of Directors.
Signed on behalf of KENJI (UK) Limited