Modern Slavery And Human Trafficking Statement
31 December 2016
This statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps Blacklock Jewellery has taken during its financial year ending 31 December 2016 to ensure that slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour, and human trafficking (collectively, “Modern Slavery“) is not taking place in any part of its business or in its supply chains.
Blacklock Jewellery, founded in 1832, is a sixth generation family-owned fine jewellery designer and retailer. The company only operates as a Bespoke Jeweller / Private Client / Online fine jewellery retail business and is run by family members. Blacklock Jewellery does not have any retail stores or own any part of the supply chain.
Blacklock Jewellery is committed to upholding high ethical standards and human rights.
Blacklock Jewellery sells diamonds and precious gemstones set in precious metal. Diamonds are the largest material that Blacklocks sources by both volume and by value. Blacklock Jewellery also sources semi-finished materials – primarily cut and polished diamonds – from a select group of suppliers with whom the company has long-standing relationships.
Blacklock Jewellery uses several small workshops for the fabrication and crafting of its jewellery. Blacklock Jewellery has a Code of Conduct, which rejects the use of forced labour.
Blacklock Jewellery expects its suppliers to comply with the Code of Conduct and to place similar expectations on their supply chains.
If we identify or suspect non-compliance with the Code of Conduct we will work with the relevant supplier to ensure that immediate remedial action is taken to address the situation, failing which to stop working with the supplier in question.
Blacklock Jewellery has also introduced an Exclusion Policy to restrict sourcing from what are deemed as very high-risk countries in respect to human rights and/or corruption. Blacklock Jewellery has engaged with all of its existing key suppliers to assess risks in their respective supply chains in 2020 and will continue to do so on an annual basis.
For new suppliers Blacklock Jewellery requires that they provide information about their supply chain, assess human rights and labour rights risks (including modern slavery), and report any present or future risks to Blacklock Jewellery.
Blacklock Jewellery reserves the right to conduct audits of all of its suppliers.
Future plans include: training of Blacklock Jewellery staff, and annual reporting on all of the company’s efforts related to human rights risks and due diligence.