Modern Slavery Statement 2020
- Supremia is committed to playing a positive role in helping to eliminate slavery, human trafficking, exploitation of children and forced labour, as well as poor working condition.
- We continually develop our knowledge to help us identify the areas of our business which are most at risk of including slavery
This statement covers our financial year January 2019 to December 2019.
Policies and Procedures
We maintain policies and procedures which reflect our commitment to acting ethically in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls.Our key policies and procedures which contribute to minimising the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking in our organisation and supply chain include:
- Anti-Bribery and Corruption policy – this is designed to ensure all our staff are aware of the signs of bribery and corruption and can spot unethical behaviour which may be linked to slavery in our business or supply chain.
- Business Ethics policy – this outlines our commitments to promote honest and ethical business conduct.
- Supplier Code of Conduct – this forms the basis of our contract with suppliers and requires them to commit to lawful, ethical behaviour in line with our own principles.
- Whistleblower policy – this provides a framework for employees to raise any concerns they have in good faith and offers them protection from retaliation.
- HR procedures – we ensure that all our staff have appropriate right to work documents and that they are paid fairly and enjoy a competitive remuneration package.
Supply Chain Information
Many of our products are produced in China and we also source from Europe and the USA. We cover a wide spectrum of product categories with fashions and trends dictating the type of products we focus on each year.Our Directors, Buying and QA teams regularly visit the factories we use to produce our orders. We also work with partners, including independent CSR auditing companies, to identify and address non-conformances within our global supply chain.
It is Supremia policy that all Far East suppliers are audited by either a third party or our own auditors who are certified by accredited third party audit companies. Core suppliers are systematically reaudited every 18 months.Our audits focus on quality management systems and issues related to corporate social responsibility including treatment of workers.
If any evidence of suspected slavery or unacceptable treatment of workers is found we will not work with a supplier until the issue is thoroughly investigated and a resolution is put in place. If suppliers are unwilling to work with us to resolve an issue they will be blacklisted and not used again.
- SRM Tool - In 2019 we introduced a new Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) tool across the group to help us monitor the performance of all manufacturers. This helps us to collate data on production and quality issues as well as review performance on CSR matters including worker conditions. As part of the SRM we have created an onboarding process for new suppliers which includes a review of CSR history and existing audits. Suppliers with good CSR records are given preferred supplier status and are more likely to receive orders from us.
- Audits - In 2019 we audited 61 factories in our supply chain which is a 10% increase in audits conducted since 2018. No evidence of slavery was found during any of our audits.
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors in March 2020 and signed off by Tom Verhaert, CEO.