How we implement The Modern Slavery Policy
If at any point we suspect or identify any cases of modern slavery, we commit to support the remediation of any victims – working with business partners, other brands, governments and NGOs as applicable. We also commit to assist law enforcement agencies with the investigation, identification and prosecution of any party that knowingly engages in or facilitates slavery or human trafficking.
1. Raising Awareness for Colleagues, Suppliers and Business Partners
During this financial year, Superdry trained 90 supplier-facing colleagues and selected suppliers to raise awareness of our Modern Slavery Policy – to support the continued risk assessment and roll-out of our due diligence processes.
This rolling training programme continues to support our cross business risk assessment and roll-out plan of our Modern Slavery Policy.
2. Embedding human rights across our business
Superdry has a growing global team focused on human rights and wider sustainability.
This team manages our ethical trading programme as well as progress towards environmental targets.
We have established a number of mechanisms across our organisation to ensure human rights continue to be embedded in day-to-day business practice:
- We regularly audit all main production sites (Tier 1) and their subcontracted units (Tier 2) on a semi-announced and unannounced basis. We are starting to enrol Tier 3 (trims and labels) into our ethical trading monitoring processes. In the last 12 months we have started to enrol Tier 3 (trims and labels) into our ethical trading pre-approval processes, reaching 100% coverage in Turkey with the aim to extend this to 100% in India in the next financial year.
- We risk assess human rights impacts within our business and supply chain and adapt our programme to ensure any issues are addressed. In the last 12 months we have established a dedicated migrant worker assessment, which in part targets modern slavery risk identification at factories with international migrant workers.
- We have established robust ethical pre-approval processes for all main factory sites (Tier 1) and subcontracted units (Tier 2) to ensure we continue to work with the best possible partners. In the last 12 months we have started to enrol Tier 3 (trims and labels) into our ethical trading pre-approval processes, reaching 100% coverage in Turkey with the aim to extend this to 100% in India in the next financial year.
- We established dedicated local ethical trading experts in key source countries to work closely with our suppliers’ factories and their subcontracted units. In the next financial year we plan to extend the teams reach to satellite countries including Vietnam, Cambodia and Sri Lanka.
- We provide training and support for factories to remediate any issues where identified. An example of this is that we are trialling ways of strengthening factory grievance mechanisms by working with locally based NGOs and former trade union representatives in India. Please refer to our Gender Empowerment Case Study for more information on providing 6,181 workers with access to effective grievance mechanisms.
We continue to collaborate alongside other Ethical Trading Initiative members to support the development of best practice guidelines where industry wide risk has been identified.
3. Measuring the Effectiveness of our Ethical Trading Programme
We monitor the ongoing impacts of our ethical trading programme and report to our Executive Committee and Board of Directors regularly to provide continued oversight.
An update on targets set in the last financial year and the targets we are setting ourselves for the next financial year are set out below:-