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Modern Slavery Policy
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
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.
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
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.
minimum, these require supply partners to meet their legal obligations in
the following areas:
- Human Rights, labour and modern slavery
- Health and safety
- 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.
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
Continue to develop staff training and awareness for relevant employees,
and reporting mechanisms if a case of human trafficking, or slavery, is
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
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.