Modern Slavery Statement

Introduction

This statement sets out DeMontfort Fine Art’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. 

As part of the art industry the organisation recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking.

The organisation is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

Organisation

DeMontfort Fine Art is a publisher, distributor and retailer of fine art. It has a portfolio of retail galleries in the UK and on board cruise ships, operating under retail brands Whitewall Galleries, Clarendon Fine Art and Atelier Galleries. DeMontfort Fine Art manufactures most of its product in-house at their UK Operations Centre.

The product can be categorised as follows:

Original Artwork

This is purchased either from an individual artist or a third party agent/publisher. The artwork is either collected by ourselves or shipped to us for sale, either in our own galleries or in our network of independently owned partnership galleries.

Limited Edition Artwork

The majority of this is manufactured in house using a number of printing and hand finishing techniques, with a small quantity being purchased from other publishers or distributers from around the world.

Sculpture

The company sells a wide selection of sculpture sourced from around the world and includes large installation pieces produced in the UK.

Frames

The company has a substantial framing operation that frames and distributes both original artwork and limited edition artwork via a fleet of owned vehicles and a range of domestic and worldwide couriers. The framing operation uses a diverse range of decorative mouldings and frames sourced mainly within the EU, with a small quantity obtained from around the world supplied by UK distributers.

Policies

DeMontfort Fine Art is committed to ensuring the identification of modern slavery risks, taking steps to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations and implementing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not present in any part of the business, as well as monitoring its supply chain. DeMontfort Fine Art is in the process of implementing appropriate policies to be adhered to by the Company.

Initiatives and responsibilities

Initiatives to identify and mitigate risk:

• DeMontfort Fine Art has HR/Payroll functions with protocols in place to ensure that all employees are paid properly in accordance with the terms of their employment. The department has clear policies on Rights to Work in the UK and general HR policies as appropriate. 

• DeMontfort Fine Art has an Anti-Bribery Policy and systems to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistle blowers.

• The Board of Directors are responsible for monitoring the company’s compliance of the Modern Slavery Act. 

• Where possible, DeMontfort Fine Art have built long standing relationships with suppliers and will make clear their expectations of business behaviour in relation to the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act. 

• Going forward they will endeavour to put steps in place to monitor the effectiveness of the actions taken by the Company in the preceding year in tackling any potential slavery and human trafficking and also those taken by their supply chain. 

Supplier relationships 

DeMontfort Fine Art has zero tolerance towards slavery and human trafficking. We expect everyone in our supply chain and contractors to conform to these values. The Board and their senior managers are responsible for compliance in their respective departments and for their supplier relationships in relation to the monitoring and enforcement of their internal policies and values. 

Training 

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we are providing training to relevant members of staff.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Group’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 July 2019.

Signed on behalf of the board of directors; 

Helen Swaby  

CEO

31/03/2019