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Modern Slavery Act

Modern Slavery Act 2015 Policy Statement


Slavery and human trafficking (“Modern Slavery”) is a worldwide and far reaching issue. Clays is completely opposed to any form of slavery and human trafficking. Our staff are expected to highlight concerns that they may have, using the appropriate reporting channels, and management are expected to act accordingly.

This statement refers to the financial year ending 31st December 2020

Our business

Clays is the UK’s market-leading book production specialist and the supplier to many leading publishing houses.  We specialise in producing monochrome paperbacks and hardbacks in any quantity and to a wide range of sizes. We have the capability to wire-stitch, perfect bind and sew book blocks, finishing the product off with an extensive range of cover and jacket print and finishes.  Clays in based in Bungay, UK.

Our supply chains

Clays has been producing books for over 200 years and therefore has a mature, well-established supply chain for most products.  The majority of products and services are sourced from suppliers based in Europe.

Our supply chain due diligence processes

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk, we have reinforced the systems in place to:

  • Identify and monitor risk areas in our supply chain
  • Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains
  • Protect whistle blowers

These systems have been strengthened by:

  • The introduction of a new supplier pre-qualification document to be completed by all suppliers. This makes agreement with Clays policy statement and confirmation of compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, where applicable, a condition of becoming a supplier. The document is used for the set-up of all new suppliers and subcontractors.
  • Supplier audits being carried out on key suppliers to Clays.
  • Updating the General Terms of Purchase to state that suppliers are required to adhere to the Clays Ethical Trading Policy.

Our policies

Clays will not knowingly do business with any organisation or body involved in slavery or human trafficking. Our commitment to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 is reinforced by the following policies:

  • Ethical Trading Policy
  • Whistleblowing Policy
  • Grievance Procedure
  • Receipt of Gifts

Our People

Our HR function addresses employee issues and conducts a formal recruitment process which includes pre-employment checks. This includes processes to ensure that employees have the right to work in the United Kingdom and Clays complies with the National Living Wage which became law on 1 April 2016.

Staff awareness initiatives are conducted within Clays facilitated by training for specific roles. The HR policies are reviewed periodically and rolled out to all employees.

This policy statement concerning slavery and human trafficking is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and was approved by Clays Board on the 10th December 2018.


Paul Hulley

CEO, Clays

March 2021