This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that the MIP Inc. Group of companies (“MIP”) has taken and will continue to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking does not take place within its business or supply chain.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. MIP has a zero- tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. As outlined below, MIP publishes a ‘Corporate Social Responsibility Statement’ (“CSR Statement”) which is approved at board level. MIP makes every effort to run its business in accordance with the CSR Statement. It emphasises MIP’s commitment to act ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings. It also clearly compels the business to ensure that its suppliers also meet ethical standards. MIP is continually evaluating its systems and controls to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or its supply chain. A copy of MIP’s CSR Statement is available here.
This Modern Slavery Statement outlines MIP’s approach to meeting the challenges of Modern Slavery head-on. This Policy is administered by the Company’s Human Resources Department, Supply Chain Department and its Chief Executive Officer. If you have any questions on this policy or its operation, please do not hesitate to let us know. Please contact us at the email address CSR@mipinc.com.
MIP Inc is a Canadian company founded in 1977. In September 2013, MIP's ownership group expanded with an investment from Banyan Capital Partners. Today, MIP is owned by Senior Management in partnership with Banyan. In 2016, MIP acquired the UK based company Cromptons Healthcare Ltd, thus expanding MIP’s UK presence and product portfolio.
MIP has therefore evolved into a global leader in the reusable healthcare textile industry, providing a broad range of products and services to the healthcare industry in more than 27 countries around the world including Canada, North America and many European countries including UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy. MIP Customers include large and small laundries, distributors, hospitals and long-term care facilities. The Organisation has offices and some manufacturing operations in the following locations:
MIP also sources and procures products and services from 3rd Party Suppliers on a global basis, predominantly China, Europe, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia and North America/Canada. Further detail on MIP’s approach to dealing with suppliers ethically is set out below.
High Risk Areas
As part of the Corporate Social Responsibility process, MIP undertakes a Risk Assessment to highlight specific areas of risk related to each Country, Industry and Culture within which we operate. This global mapping process is conducted on a continual basis. Where our internal Risk Assessments indicate a potential high level of risk, MIP will consider commissioning independent 3rd Party Audits to ensure compliance to International, National, and local Rules of Law
MIP operate various internal policies to ensure that MIP is conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
Corporate Social Responsibility Statement. As outlined above, this document is freely available online and sets important expectations for the business around its openness and integrity. MIP operates a robust CSR process to ensure MIP upholds and promotes Human Rights, as given in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the eight core Working Conditions standards of the International Labour Organization, and critical aspects of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI Base Code). This includes (but is not limited to) Child Labour, Forced Labour and Harassment and Abuse.
MIP operates and maintains an approved supplier list. MIP conducts due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become an approved supplier. As noted above, this due diligence may include an independent 3rd Party Audit to ensure that an organisation complies to the legal requirements relating to modern slavery including a review of working conditions.
Furthermore, suppliers to MIP must complete a Supplier Declaration Form confirming they comply with National Rules of Law and various other Internationally recognised standards relating to Working Conditions, including the International Labour Organisation.
MIP performance indicators
MIP will know the effectiveness of the steps that MIP is taking to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within its business or supply chain if:
Given these indicators, we are confident that MIP is currently effective in managing the risk that slavery and human trafficking is taking place in our business or supply chain, although this is, of course, a consideration that we will keep under continuous review
MIP's Board of Directors and Senior Managers are committed to making every reasonable and appropriate effort to ensure the continuous implementation and application of the principles and values defined in this document, to rectify any shortcomings as rapidly as possible and to keep it current by:
Approval for this statement
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors on October 1, 2021