Modern Slavery Statement

Armor Cases policy for the prevention of & reporting on modern slavery Statement

Introduction

Armor Cases (Armor) is a supplier of custom road and air transport cases, with registered office at 45/9 Percy St, Auburn NSW 2144. Armor recognises that all businesses have an obligation to prevent slavery, slavery-like practices and human trafficking and will do all in its respective power to prevent slavery, slavery-like practices and human trafficking within its business and within the supply chains through which it operates.
 
This statement addresses Armor ’ obligations and compliance in relation to the ‘Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth)’ (‘the Act’) and applicable state legislation and highlights the steps we take to ensure there is no slavery or human trafficking occurring within the organisation or its supply chains. One of our company’s most valuable assets has always been its reputation for integrity and fairness. Maintaining this reputation within our market is an essential pre-requisite to our continued success.
 
Armor acknowledges that it is required to submit its modern slavery statement within 6 months from the end of each reporting period.

Armor’s operations

Armor is a Sydney based manufacturer focusing on designing and manufacturing protective transportation cases for various equipment and instruments. Armor’s customer base includes other manufacturers of various products and equipment, rental companies, marketing, sales and education organisations. 

Modern slavery can take many forms including the trafficking of people, forced labour, child labour, servitude and slavery. We take our responsibility to ensure our employees are alert to the signs of exploitation, so that we may take the necessary action promptly and effectively should it be identified. 

Armor’ supply chains & risks of modern slavery

Recruitment and labour hire supply

Our supply chains include hiring candidate for our inhouse admin, sales, design and production work.

With regard to labour hire specifically, the final report of the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce handed down in March 2019 identified four high risk sectors which were horticulture, meat processing, cleaning and security. Armor does not supply labor to any of such sectors. 

Suppliers to Armor

We contract with third parties who provide services to assist with the everyday running of our business, such as IT service providers and property management companies (who, for example, may provide cleaning services to our offices) as well as companies who provide office supplies to our office network.
 
We acknowledge that by virtue of contracting with other parties, whether as a client or as a supplier, there is always some risk that may contribute to modern slavery practices. We expect our suppliers and potential suppliers to aim for high ethical standards and to operate in an ethical, legally compliant and professional manner. We also expect our suppliers to promote similar standards in their own supply chain.

Actions taken to assess and address modern slavery risks

Employee engagement

As part of our commitment to identify and eradicate slavery and human trafficking and to continuously assess and address modern slavery risks, we have in place a process to undertake due diligence on our supply chain network to ensure compliance with legislative obligations, and such compliance forms part of our contractual relationship with suppliers. We will use best endeavours to procure from our suppliers by contract that full compliance with the Act must be achieved. We will use best endeavours to separately require that any actual or potential risk of breaching the Act that suppliers identify in their own operations or supply chains are communicated to us. This information will be assessed and evaluated appropriately by senior members of Armor management on an ongoing basis.

Supplier code of conduct

Suppliers are expected to adhere to below Armor’s position, which includes specific reference to various matters including human rights, anti-bribery and corruption, and modern slavery and human trafficking, and suppliers should have in place a policy recognising, respecting and protecting the human rights of their employees, those of their suppliers and business partners and the communities affected by the suppliers’ operations.

Armor’ position is that:

  • Employees should be free to choose to work for their employer and to leave the company upon reasonable notice
  • All employees must be provided with a clear contract of employment, which complies with local legislation
  • All employees must be treated in a fair and equal manner and with dignity and respect
  • Any form of discrimination, victimisation or harassment on any prescribed grounds under commonwealth, state or territory laws should be prohibited. This includes marital status, pregnancy, family responsibilities, sex (including gender reassignment), race (including colour, ethnic and national origin, nationality), disability, sexual orientation, religious belief, age, trade union activity or any other prescribed ground
  • All applicable laws and industry standards on employee wages, benefits, working hours and minimum age should be adhered to, without any unauthorised deductions
  • All slavery and human trafficking laws must be complied with including, but not limited to, the provisions of the Act and any applicable state legislation. Suppliers must ensure their business operations are free from slavery and human trafficking practices whether in Australia or elsewhere, both internally and within their supply chains and other external business relationships

Cooperation with client due diligence

Our clients in the private sector operate in many industries and range in size from small businesses through to local subsidiaries of global groups. We also work closely with government departments and agencies across all jurisdictions. That being the case, Armor is familiar with participating in clients’ audits of their respective supply chains. In doing so, Armor is also able to observe its clients’ own practices on the prevention of modern slavery.

Reviewing contractual documentation

Armor reviewed its standard form client contract to include specific references to modern slavery law compliance.

Ability for employees to raise concerns at work

All Armor employees have access to dedicated channels through which they may voice concerns, either through local reporting mechanisms or through whistleblowing procedures. Armor is committed to protecting employees when disclosing malpractice and will ensure that all disclosures made in compliance with whistleblowing procedures will be treated confidentially and without fear of retaliation. It is by receiving and evaluating feedback and maintaining a culture of compliance that Armor can assess the effectiveness of its practices and procedures.

Training

All staff within Armor are expected to comply with all laws and act in accordance with local guidelines and regulations and act with integrity and honesty. We have undertaken to review our policies and procedures to ensure our colleagues have access to any additional information and support they may require with regard to human trafficking, forced labour, child labour, servitude and slavery. All relevant employees in Australia will undertake training on modern slavery and human trafficking and this training is available to all employees to undertake.

Assessing the effectiveness of the actions taken

Armor did complete the tasks that it set out to achieve. Our assessment of the effectiveness of those tasks is as follows.

Looking forward

Over the next reporting period, Armor will again continue to assess ways to reduce the risks of modern slavery.

Armor will continue to access the effectiveness of the steps taken by our business to prevent modern slavery practices occurring at Armor and any prevalence of this within Armor’ supply chain.

This statement is made pursuant to the Act and constitutes Armor’ slavery and human trafficking statement.
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