Modern Slavery Statement
Picharge is committed to helping others unlock their full, incredible potential and reach their life goals. This is a steadfast vision that we are dedicated to achieving ethically; by adopting certain practices and policies, we aim to both oppose and help to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in business and supply chains.
Picharge is an electronics brand involved in the design, manufacturing and sales of charging cables and mobile accessories. With a dedicated and ever-expanding workforce of over 20 persons. At a structural level, the business is organized into various teams that are devoted to pioneering innovative design, creating awesome products and providing an unbeatable customer experience.
The Engineering team oversees the design, sourcing and development and testing of our products, while the marketing team are responsible for branding, acquisition of customers and our subsequent consumer relationship. The finance team handles buying, trading and supply chains, while the Operations team manages our customer insight duties. Our Legal team handles contracts, our intellectual property and other legal aspects concerning the business.
The whole Picharge team is involved at every level, including when it comes to our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery, which starts from the top of our organisation with the Board of Directors and underscores everything that we do from sourcing materials to making those all-important deliveries.
Policies and Contractual Controls
All of our products are manufactured by independent contractors. To ensure that all those in our supply chain adhere to our values, product suppliers are required to comply with our Supplier Manual. This manual stipulates a mandatory code of conduct in relation to the treatment of their personnel.
This includes the prohibition of forced labour, provision of good working conditions, fair treatment, reasonable rates of pay and working hours, prevention of discrimination, health and safety training and compliance. Following this, we are developing a similar code for our other tier-one suppliers.
New suppliers of goods are subject to audits. Provisions are in place in contracts with both new and existing suppliers of goods and relevant services that allow us to audit compliance with our anti-slavery provisions. Audit follow-up actions are encouraged in order to assist our suppliers with improving conditions.
We pride ourselves on the positive work environment we create and are dedicated to ensuring that all our employees are able to fulfil their potential in an enjoyable workspace. Provisions in our employment contracts prohibit conduct which is discriminatory or considered bullying.
There exists a Work policy against discrimination and harassment, and a Grievance policy through which our staff are expected to help in avoiding inappropriate behaviour. This can be accomplished through employees reporting concerns, to which our management is then expected to act on, investigate and remedy findings.
Our Anti-Slavery Policy, signed off by our Board of Directors, reflects our intent to act ethically and with integrity in all business relationships. This includes the implementation and enforcing of effective systems to assess the risks and ultimately, to eliminate slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain network.
We understand that modern slavery is not a static aspect of the business, and so have a dedicated compliance team whose responsibility it is to monitor and review risk and controls within the business. This team comprises personnel from the sourcing team in our Engineering, the Legal team, the Buying, Trading and Supply Chain teams and our Head of Special Projects. In order to ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business, we of course provide training to our staff.
To best assess the effectiveness of the measures we are taking, we will be reviewing the following key performance indicators and reporting on them in future modern slavery statements:
Staff training levels
Steps were taken to improve supply chain due to diligence checks, audits and follow up procedures
Action is taken to measure our suppliers’ compliance with our Code of Conduct, to remedy any shortcomings and to educate our high-risk suppliers
Results of any investigations into reports of modern slavery or human trafficking and remedial actions taken
We intend to progressively raise expectations of our product suppliers by evolving the standards in our Code of Conduct.