“Our purpose to Create Urban Freedom for Happier Lives is so much more than a product philosophy; it guides our ethics and values. Yet “Freedom” of any kind is superficial whilst slavery still exists. We must do all we can to protect those who bring our bikes to life”
Head of Sustainability, Brompton Bicycle
As the UK’s largest bike manufacturer, we are proud to employ over 750 employees across 10 countries, 90% of which call our factory, in Greenford West London, home. Our creative teams design, manufacture, sell and lease folding bikes and associated accessories.
Creating the Brompton Bicycle is a team effort and impossible without our extended global supply chains. This includes companies who supply Brompton with raw materials, parts, and finished goods, as well as those who provide services such as agency workers and professional organisations.
40 million people are estimated to be trapped in Modern Slavery worldwide. Modern Slavery can take many forms of coerced labour, from human trafficking to child labour. You can learn more about Modern Slavery here.
At Brompton, we believe that everyone, everywhere, has the right to a life free from slavery. But a statement alone won’t protect people, therefore we must take action.
Brompton’s Ethical Code of Conduct sets out Brompton’s expectations for human rights and covers topics such as minimum wages, health and safety, and the prevention of slavery and human trafficking. Our Ethical Code of Conduct is based on the fundamental conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and is applicable to all supply chain partners including agencies and contractors.
We continue to develop Brompton’s Ethical Trade audit programme to assess Supplier performance against our Code of Conduct and used third party auditors to visit new suppliers. Post audit reports and continuous improvement plans helped us make informed supplier selection decisions. To date, our identified risks have related to Health and Safety improvements and improving document control.
For those individuals based closer to Brompton such as Brompton employees, contractors, and agency workers, we provide a confidential whistleblowing hotline to escalate or identify any concern.
Our partnership with a human rights specialist consultancy continued in 2022/23, running employee training programmes, raising awareness of Modern Slavery and Human trafficking. In 2022, a number of Brompton employees completed a Social Systems Lead Auditor Training course, building expertise, and allowing Brompton to conduct our own supplier audits.
We will continue to increase the number of onsite Ethical Trade audits to build our understanding of labour conditions. We will continue to train employees and have commissioned bespoke training for our suppliers.
Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires businesses, like Brompton, to produce an annual Modern Slavery statement and this constitutes the Brompton Bicycle Limited Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for financial year 2022/23. This disclosure has been approved by our Board on 25.05.2023.
Will Butler Adams
CEO Brompton Bicycle Limited
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