Kurt Geiger Modern Slavery Act Statement
The below statement is published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out the steps taken by Kurt Geiger Ltd ("Kurt Geiger”) to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains during the 13 month financial period ending 28 January 2017.
Kurt Geiger is a multi-channel retailer of Kurt Geiger, Carvela and other luxury branded footwear and accessories. Kurt Geiger is committed to providing quality products and service to its customers with the support of its suppliers.
Kurt Geiger and its wholly owned subsidiaries are committed to legal compliance and ethical business practices in all of our operations worldwide. We choose suppliers and contractors who we believe share that commitment. We require our suppliers and contractors to comply with all applicable laws and regulations of the country, or countries, in which they are conducting business.
We expect all our partners within our supply chain to comply without exception to our policy on human trafficking and slavery.
Supplier relationships are critical to achieving our goals. We work with an established supply base and strive to build long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships.
Exposure to modern slavery risk is considered to be greatest in our product supply chain. Kurt Geiger own label products are predominantly sourced from Europe, the Far East and South America.
contractual commitment to ethical standards
All suppliers producing Kurt Geiger own label products must agree and sign up to the procedures set out in our Supplier Manual as well as our Terms and Conditions of Purchase prior to any orders being agreed or issued. The Supplier Manual includes our Ethical Standards for Contractors and Suppliers which incorporates the eight fundamental conventions of the International Labour Organisation. As part of new supplier acceptance procedures, suppliers producing Kurt Geiger own label products must also complete a questionnaire which reflects the key elements of our Ethical Standards for Contractors and Suppliers including forced labour. It is the responsibility of our primary suppliers to ensure full awareness and compliance by sub-contractors to these standards.
If we identify non-compliance to the Supplier Manual we will work with our suppliers to execute an improvement plan to rectify matters.
Kurt Geiger has a number of internal policies including our Business Ethics policy which supports our commitment to high ethical standards across our business.
We also operate a Whistleblowing Policy, aimed principally at our employees, to report any suspected wrongdoing.
To raise the awareness of our policy in respect of forced labour we have issued an internal memorandum on modern slavery to all members of staff. This is also included in the induction pack for new starters.
continual improvement – future plans
As a business Kurt Geiger is committed to addressing and minimising the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking and we will continue to review our processes and policies. Kurt Geiger teams will continue to visit key suppliers and their factories to deepen our relationships and transparency of our supply chain.
Approved by the Board of Directors on 24 May 2017 and signed on its behalf by: