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Modern Slavery Policy

Introduction

This statement has been published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that END. (trading name of Ashworth & Parker Ltd.) has taken and continues to take to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within our business and supply chain. This statement is made with reference to our year ending 31 March 2019.

Our Organisation

END. is a global omni-channel retailer, offering a unique customer experience online, via our mobile apps and physical stores. END. sells to customers around the world and has a large following on social media.

Modern Slavery

We recognise that fashion supply chains present a risk for modern slavery. Particularly as a result of the pressure to keep costs low within seasonal demand. As we source product from many countries, including high risk areas, it is important to take steps and set-out policies to ensure instances of modern slavery do not occur. We do not tolerate modern slavery, either within our business itself or within our supply chain and would take the issue of tackling it extremely seriously. We focus on working with premium suppliers and expect our supply chain to share the same values.

Goods and Services Procured

Since we do not directly employ workers within our supply chains, nor do we manufacture any of the product we sell, we appreciate that achieving our objectives as set out above will not be a simple task. There are many constraints on our ability to improve working conditions, particularly where local government do not enforce the law. However, we aim to tackle these constraints through our partnerships with key suppliers and a process of continuous improvement.
In our business we source products, packaging and services through these three main routes:

  • Collaborations – we use key suppliers to provide END. collaborations. We play a central role in the design, material and choice of suppliers, contracting with brands directly. We consider the environmental and ethical impacts of our collaborations which is important in the context of our business and reputation.
  • Branded Items – we source third party branded products. Whilst we have less direct control, we work with our brand partners to consider ethical and sustainability considerations.
  • Goods not for resale and services – we use third party service providers to provide services such as logistics, security, I.T. software, cleaning and specialist recruitment.

Code of Conduct

In acknowledging the importance of responsible sourcing and the promotion of fair and safe working conditions within our supply chain, all supply partners must meet, or exceed, our sustainability requirements.
As a minimum, these require supply partners to meet their legal obligations in the following areas:

  • Human Rights, labour and modern slavery
  • Health and safety
  • Environment
  • Animal Welfare.

Our responsible sourcing recognises that a supply chain can be complex, including diversity or product lines and the global citizens who produce them. Our intention is to promote high ethical standards within a supply chain without imposing unachievable conditions.

Non-Compliance

Where non-compliance is identified through a third party, we will agree corrective actions with the supply partner alongside an agreed deadline. Satisfactory evidence of non-compliance resolution must be provided within an agreed timeframe.

Looking ahead and Continuous Improvement

We are on a road of continuous improvement. We recognise that global influences on the environment, employment conditions and human rights are ever changing. In order to keep up to date with these changes, and any developments, we review our policies and procedures periodically and update them when necessary. We take this into account whilst developing our business internationally.
Over the next year, END. will undertake the following activities to ensure the continuous improvement of this policy:

  • Continue to develop staff training and awareness for relevant employees, and reporting mechanisms if a case of human trafficking, or slavery, is suspected
  • Embed the Modern Slavery Action 2015 into our ‘whistleblowing policy’
  • Develop a supplier assessment for our procurement process
  • Develop a Code of Conduct with respect to our Modern Slavery obligations.

This statement has been approved by the Co-Founders / Managing Directors, Christiaan Ashworth and John Parker, and has been made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 with respect to the financial year ending 31 March 2019.