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Modern Slavery Policy

This statement is published in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

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Modern Slavery Policy

1. Introduction

This statement is published in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It details the steps and commitment taken by Coopers Fire to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to our business and its supply chain. As an international manufacturer Coopers Fire is committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking occurring in any of its corporate activities, as well as seeking to ensure that our supply chains are also free from such practices.

2. Coopers Fire

Coopers Fire is part of the The Lowe & Fletcher Group which is a fifth-generation, privately owned family business which was founded in 1889. The business is split into two operating divisions which are overseen by a Group Head Office:

  • The Safety and Security Systems Division is active in the design, manufacture, supply, installation and maintenance of smoke and fire curtains.
  • The Locking Systems Division operates under the Lowe & Fletcher and Euro-Locks brands and is active in the design, manufacture and supply of locking systems for industry.

Coopers Fire employs approximately 100 people. The Coopers Fire Strategy Statement and Values are:

  • “As part of the long-term family owned Lowe & Fletcher Group, Coopers Fire design, manufacture, install and service innovative Smoke and Fire Curtains for buildings. We aim for profitable growth by meeting the needs of customers worldwide.

Our values are embedded in our family business ethos. They enable us to develop as a team, invent new things, and plan for the future with conviction and confidence. They can be summed up as follows:

  • We act with honesty, openess and a respect for others;
  • We act with care and consistency;
  • We take responsibility for our actions.

3. Operations and Supply Chain

Coopers Fire design, manufacture and distribute products across domestic and international markets to a diverse range of customers. Operations include both manufacturing and assembly processes requiring the use of bought in raw materials, components and services. Our supply chain extends across the World. Whilst confident that it is compliant with modern slavery and human trafficking laws, we recognise that in some countries the risk is increased and we undertake procedures to ensure that all suppliers are compliant with legislation.

4. Compliance and Risk

Coopers Fire uses risk management procedures and proactive measures to ensure that its operations are not exposed to the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking occurring within its supply chain. These procedures are supported by corporate policies and ensuring that the business complies with all applicable laws and regulations.

We are committed to engaging with all stakeholders, including suppliers, to address the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking in our operations and supply chain. Coopers Fire maintains a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery. Due diligence is ongoing and we ensure the following is undertaken.

Suppliers are assessed on their quality, price and risk in their ability to supply us. This includes close co-operation with all external suppliers to ensure their ethics and values are reflective of those of Coopers Fire. New and existing suppliers are assessed to ensure their standards meet ours.

  • All potential employees of Coopers Fire are assessed regarding their right to work.
  • All employees are aware of and are expected to work within our own and national equality policies to promote and encourage an environment of cultural inclusion and diversity.
  • Coopers Fire actively enforces a culture of ethical trading covering the aspects of anti-corruption, anti-bribery, fraud, gifts and hospitality.
  • Salary and wages are compliant with relevant local government legislation.
  • Coopers Fire continue to inform employees and assess suppliers of the risks surrounding modern slavery and human trafficking.

5. Further Action

Coopers Fire will continue to challenge all processes and policies to maintain the highest ethical standards of business in line with its values. This statement constitutes Coopers Fire’s modern slavery statement for the current financial year.

 

This policy has been approved by:

David Cerquella

Managing Director

 

April 2019