Modern Slavery Statement

We avoid modern slavery within our organization and supply chain

According to the International Labour Organisation millions of people around the world are kept in slavery which takes the form of servitude, forced labour, bonded labour, human trafficking and descent-based slavery.

We at Muc-Off have always had a zero-tolerance approach to slavery of any kind within our operations and supply chain, and we continually educate our employees and all stakeholders on required ethical standards.

Muc-Off, markets and distributes cleaning products for Bicycle and Motorsports to the retail sector. We own and distribute our brand on an exclusive basis for overseas principals. We supply thousands of independent and retail businesses across the UK and the world, many of whom are household names, as well as retailing directly to customers online.

Muc-Off employs over 146 direct staff. With suppliers in many countries, our product supply chains are extensive and global.

With respect to our supply partners, we aim to understand how and when risks to human rights may occur. In every country where we do business with third parties we try to identify and understand the local laws and cultural norms to allow us to work collaboratively with a supplier, and to assess the risks and the rights of their workers. This allows us to demand the right process in our relationships to avoid any type of slavery.

To the best of our ability, we apply the same process to subcontractors and agency staff.

We recognise that the highest risk of modern slavery occurring is in our supply chain either overseas or in the UK. As a result, we undertake relevant due diligence procedures on our risk suppliers:

  • All our suppliers are required to complete a Self-Assessment Questionnaire as a part of Supplier Onboarding process
  • We require from our suppliers to provide a copy of the SMETA audit or a similar audit conducted by recognised ethical trade organisation.
  • This is carefully reviewed by Muc-Off Procurement Team and as and when required we may request further information or/and order an external audit to be carried out by our appointed quality assurance contractor.
  • In the event that Muc-Off has any concerns or that any supplier is unable to provide us with an audit, we arrange for our nominated auditor to visit at our cost. Every time an audit is conducted a corrective action plan is established and we work with suppliers to resolve any issues. These can range from labour rights issues to updated health and safety requirements.
  • Factory audits are required on a regular basis, whether it be by an independent third-party or our own China contractor.

Muc-Off team members visit our factories. Whenever a member of staff visits from the UK, they comprehensively document and photograph their factory tour.

As an organisation, we have policies and procedures in place for correct recruitment and employment which protect our staff from anything resembling slavery, including:

  • Recruitment and employment in line with UK Employment Law, including ‘Right to Work’ documentation checks and contracts of employment
  • Remuneration which respects the National Minimum/Living Wage
  • Health and Safety training for all staff
  • Policies and procedures for grievance, bullying, harassment and discrimination.

In order to achieve the required results, the ongoing training of all our staff with supply chain responsibilities includes anti-slavery training, including The UK Modern Slavery Act, identification of slavery in the supply chain and internal reporting procedures.

This statement covers the period to the Company’s financial year end of 31st December 2021.