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.
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:
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.
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.
The company sells a wide selection of sculpture sourced from around the world and includes large installation pieces produced in the UK.
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.
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 to identify and mitigate risk:
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.
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;