Our 2021 statement sets out the steps taken during 2020/21 by the group and is published in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Transparency in Supply Chains) Regulations 2015.
The vast majority of the risk in connection with Modern Slavery rests with our subsidiaries that comprise the wilko family of businesses and we refer to their statement which is published on their website and can also be accessed here.
Within the activities that are AHWL only there are no areas that are considered to be of high risk.
It is recognised that as we increase our minority investments within young businesses and some of these establish supply chains that we need to monitor how they address this potential issue and ensure that they are all adopting best practices.
Within our other investments (properties and equities) we have reviewed and believe that there are no issues of concern. There are very few employees of other firms involved and all are engaged by UK firms of high standing who we believe are operating within the framework of UK legislation.