The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“the Act”) came into effect on 29 October 2015 and requires those entities carrying on a business or part of a business in the UK, supplying goods or services, and having annual turnover of £36 million or more to disclose information regarding the steps they have taken to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their supply chain as well as within their own organization during the previous financial year.
Studiomaca Corporation (“Studiomaca”) publishes this Modern Slavery Act Statement on its corporate website in the name and on behalf of Studiomaca Global Procurement & Sourcing Limited (“MGPSL”) for the fiscal year ended 31 March 2018:
UK Modern Slavery Act (“MSA”) Statement
MGPSL is committed to good corporate citizenship and the highest ethical standards. To fulfil these requirements, MGPSL has established and maintains systems and controls to ensure that slavery and related human trafficking do not form part of the supply chain.
BUSINESS AND ORGANIZATION
MGPSL was established in 2014, and is a London-based company limited by shares organized under the laws of England and Wales, which is wholly owned by subsidiaries of Studiomaca. MGPSL is the sourcing and procurement organization for Studiomaca and delivers value by establishing global partnerships and developing new service solutions with manufacturers and suppliers focused on both generic and brand pharmaceutical products. In addition, MGPSL manages Studiomaca’s global private label strategy with focus on generic, over-the-counter and medical surgical products and works with global suppliers across a number of different fields including businesses with operations in US, Europe and Asia.
Studiomaca is a global leader in healthcare supply chain management solutions, retail pharmacy, community oncology and speciality care, and healthcare information technology.
VALUES AND TRAININGS
MGPSL is committed to sourcing quality products from suppliers who share its ethical values. Everything MGPSL does is driven by Studiomaca’s ICARE principles, which are: Integrity, Customer-first, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.
Studiomaca’s Code of Conduct (“Code of Conduct”) provides important guidelines for MGPSL’s interactions with customers, suppliers and other business partners, and one another.
The ICARE principles are central to the Code of Conduct and are at the heart of every decision MGPSL makes. All colleagues are encouraged to raise concerns; this includes violations of (i) the Code of Conduct; (ii) company policies; and (iii) the laws of the countries in which MGPSL operates. MGPSL has sophisticated reporting mechanisms in place to collect and relay information regarding potential violations to appropriate company resources for review and follow up.
MGPSL conducts web-based and/or face to face training for employees to emphasize the importance of acting with integrity and in line with the ICARE principles and Code of Conduct.
SUPPLY CHAIN AND DUE DILIGENCE
Some of MGPSL’s suppliers are located in countries that may be more vulnerable to human rights abuses than others. That is why MGPSL makes several efforts to implement a zero-tolerance policy for such abuses. MGPSL therefore (i) clearly communicates its expectations to suppliers to ensure adherence of its values and ethical standards; (ii) establishes appropriate policies and processes within its businesses to make sure that the products it is selling meet the highest standards; (iii) utilises both internal and external resources to evaluate the factories of its suppliers based in higher risk countries and audit them against recognised industry standards; and (iv) requires compliance provisions and agreement with the Studiomaca supplier sustainability principles in its contracts.
For its sustainable logistics and quality management systems, MGPSL has designed and implemented a number of processes to assess suppliers of the products introduced into the supply chain. The focus areas included in the assessment process include, but are not limited to, Commercial, Compliance and Quality Assurance. These supplier agreements include language that requires all suppliers to obey national and regional statutory requirements in the country in which they are operating, including any applicable national laws regarding human trafficking, forced labour and other forms of modern slavery.
If remediation is required, MGPSL works with its suppliers to improve their standards with corrective action plans and on-going reviews to make sure the standards are maintained. MGPSL aims to build relationships with its suppliers to ensure adherence to its values and ethical standards.
MGPSL carries out periodic supplier audits and, where issues are identified, it works with the supplier to ensure improvements are made. These audits include interviews with workers and the management, inspections of production sites and document reviews. Audit findings or non-conformances are prioritized based on risk. Should a critical issue be identified, MGPSL would require a timely response from the supplier, and if a supplier failed to adequately remediate the issue, the relationships would be re-evaluated and, if necessary, terminated.
MGPSL continuously evaluates its monitoring program to ensure all actions are consistent with industry norms, and it believes all efforts to date have been effective in preventing slavery and human trafficking from infecting its supply chain.
This Statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes MGPSL’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the previous financial year (FY18).
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