MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the mechanisms that Brompton Bicycles Ltd has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain. We are committed to acting ethically, with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to ensure effective systems and controls are in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery or human trafficking within Brompton.
Brompton Bicycle is the leading bike manufacturer in the UK, with our factory based in Greenford, West London. Made for cities, Brompton bikes are sold in 47 countries around the world and over 80% of production is exported. Our company purpose is to create urban freedom for happier lives, and we are passionate about sustainable mobility and access to cycling. A Brompton bike is perfect for those that live, work or play in cities: The bike folds up to a third of its size, and weighs on average just 11kg for the standard model and from 13.4kg for the Brompton Electric, which means a Brompton is suitable to take on all forms of transport.
One Brompton bike takes 6.2 tonnes less carbon than a car to make and 42 folded Brompton bikes can be parked in the space it takes to park one car.
At Brompton Bicycle we design, manufacture, sell and lease folding bikes and associated accessories. Our factory is based in Greenford, West London and we have been manufacturing bikes, in London, since 1975. In 2011 Brompton Bike hire was set up and provides folding bike hires for commuters and day-trippers, with docks and lockers placed at key travel locations.
Our supply chain
Our supply chain includes companies who supply raw materials, parts and finished goods alongside specialist trade contractors that undertake supply and fix contracts and specialist professional organisations that provide a range of services.
Brompton Bicycles Ltd recognises that slavery and human trafficking can occur in many forms. Therefore, throughout this statement we use the terms "slavery and human trafficking" to encompass various forms of coerced labour.
Brompton is committed to operating a responsible business that respects suppliers, workers, and the environment. In FY19/20 we appointed a dedicated resource to support the business in accelerating these ambitions. We also established Brompton’s Ethical Code of Conduct, a key element of which includes the prevention of forced, bonded, and trafficked labour. This Code of Conduct is based on the fundamental conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and is aligned with other industry social standards, including the World Federation of Sporting Goods Industries (WFSGI) Code of Conduct.
Due diligence and assessment of our supply chain
We believe that working in partnership with our clients, community stakeholders and supply chain in a sustainable way enables us to find practical, safer methods of ethical trading free from slavery and human trafficking. We undertake all reasonable and practical steps to ensure that our standards are being implemented throughout the businesses of our suppliers and that relevant legislation and regulations are complied with. Our Management System procedures require commitments and evidence from our supply chain to verify their compliance. In 2020, in line with our Ethical Code of Conduct, we increased our supplier auditing requirements for human rights, slavery and human trafficking and incorporated Ethical Trade audits in the selection process for new key suppliers.
We recognise our responsibility to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain. Therefore, we will increase the number of onsite Ethical Trade audits which will increase transparency and enable the monitoring of labour conditions. In addition, we will continue to build awareness through the delivery of internal training sessions and supply chain focused communications.
This statement has been approved by our Directors & Senior Management Team who will review and update it as required on an annual basis. This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Brompton Bicycles Ltd Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for 2020.