Modern Slavery Statement

Exchange Supplies Modern Slavery Statement
Exchange Supplies, an organisation with turnover less than £36million, is not required by law to publish an annual Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement pursuant to Section 54(1) of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. However, as an ethical purpose and values driven social enterprise with international supply chains, these issues are deeply relevant to our core values and our vision of a world in which work is an inclusive, meaningful, and positive element of life for all.

This modern slavery statement has been prepared to demonstrate that Exchange Supplies follows good practice and all reasonable steps are taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking within our sphere of influence.

Structure, business, and supply chains
Exchanges Supplies provides injecting equipment to local authority commissioned drug services and pharmacies across the UK, to individuals via its webshop, and to the covid vaccination programme in Australia.

Our administrative and UK packing and distribution services are based in Dorchester, Dorset. Our biggest supplier is based in China, manufacturing our core own brand needle & syringe products, with more than a dozen shipments per year to the UK.

We are the sole UK distributor of a range of product supplied by Apothicom based in France, all other suppliers are UK based.

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain or in any part of our business. Our Modern Slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chain.

Exchange Supplies recognises that everyone in its business, and in its supply chains, has a duty to be alert to the risks, however slight, that modern day slavery presents. All staff are expected to report any concerns, and senior management are expected to act on those concerns.

Policy within our own business
We operate internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include the following:
- Real living wage employer; We have paid the real living wage for many years and have recently been accredited by the Living Wage Foundation
- Employing and understanding the needs of people with drug dependencies
- A range of policies to support the mental and physical well being of our employees

Policy with suppliers
We will not tolerate human trafficking, forced slave or child labour, nor abuse or physical
punishment of any individual providing work for Exchange Supplies or its suppliers. As an SME we work on a close personal level with our suppliers and expect them to align with our policies and values.

Due diligence & risk assessment
All suppliers regularly assessed and new suppliers risk assessed for a number of factors including modern slavery risk we have visited the manufacturing sites of all our suppliers, and have visited our factories in China more than 10 times.

Training & capacity
All staff directly involved with procurement and supply chain management are provided with training and CPD in understand modern slavery risks and applying due diligence to the supply chain.
We follow, and keep up to date with policy and recommendations, by regularly reviewing national policy and guidance, in particular Government Guidance on Transparency in Supply chains:
We review this statement and our connected policies annually.

Adoption of this statement
This statement is approved and signed by Andrew Preston, Founder / Managing Director


Exchange Supplies,
1 Great Western Industrial Centre,
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1RD, UK

01305 262244