Modern Slavery Statement

Organisation

This statement applies to Arena Online Ltd. (referred to in this statement as ‘the Organisation’).  The information included in the statement refers to the financial year 2019.

Organisational structure

The Company operates from premises in Park Royal, West London, Milton Keynes and Paddington and is controlled by an executive Managing Director.  The Organisation has no operations outside the UK.

The Organisation is an online florist and fulfilment organisation in the B2C market.  It processes and fulfils orders from its Milton Keynes premises distributes by independent carriers.  Product is sourced in the international, mainly, European, market via wholesalers and independent suppliers.

Demand is seasonal, heavily weighted towards key dates including Easter, Valentines’ Day, Mother’s Day and Christmas.

The Organisation’s workforce are either directly employed or provide via a UK based temp agency.  The Organization operates best practice in the recruitment, employment, training and development of its workforce.  All the workforce are employed in the UK.

Definitions

The Organisation considers that modern slavery encompasses:

  • human trafficking
  • forced work, through mental or physical threat
  • being owned or controlled by an employer by mental or physical abuse or threat of abuse
  • being dehumanised, treated as a commodity or being bought or sold as property
  • being physically constrained or to have restriction placed on freedom of movement.

Commitment

The Organisation acknowledges its responsibilities in relation to tackling modern slavery and commits to complying with the provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  The Organisation understands that this requires an ongoing review of both its internal practices in relation to its labour force and, additionally, its supply chains.

The Organisation does not enter into business with any other organisation, in the United Kingdom or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to involve itself in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.

No labour provided to the Organisation in the pursuance of the provision of its own services is obtained by means of slavery or human trafficking. The Organisation strictly adheres to the minimum standards required in relation to its responsibilities under relevant employment legislation.

Supply chains

In order to fulfil its activities, the main supply chains of the Organisation include those related to the supply of floristry and gift products from various suppliers in both the United Kingdom and internationally.   We understand that the Organisation’s first-tier suppliers are intermediary traders and therefore have further contractual relationships with lower-tier suppliers.

Potential exposure

In general, the Organisation considers its exposure to slavery/human trafficking to be limited.

Steps

The Organisation carries out due diligence processes in relation to ensuring slavery and/or human trafficking does not take place in its organisation or supply chains, including conducting a review of the controls of its suppliers.

The Organisation has not, to its knowledge, conducted any business with another organisation which has been found to have involved itself with modern slavery.

In accordance with section 54(4) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the Organisation has taken the following steps to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place:

  • reviewing supplier contracts to include termination powers in the event that the supplier is, or is suspected, to be involved in modern slavery
  • measures to identify and assess the potential risks in its supply chains
  • impact assessments of services upon potential instances of slavery
  • a zero tolerance policy towards modern slavery
  • training provided to staff on modern slavery.

Slavery Compliance Officer

The Organisation has a Slavery Compliance Officer, to whom all concerns regarding modern slavery should be addressed, and who will then undertake relevant action with regard to the Organisation’s obligations. 

This Officer is: Mariusz Jarecki

This statement is made in pursuance of Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2010 and will be reviewed for each financial year.