Throughout the past year we analysed our supply chains and identified that our product supply chain is the area of the business which is most at risk from exposure to human rights abuses.
Garment supply chains are long and complex, with a large number of parties involved between the production of the raw material through to the product arriving with us.
The large majority of these stages are out of our direct control, particularly from the 2nd tier of our supply chain downward. As a result, we have identified this as an area of potential risk.
In order to fully understand our exposure to human right abuses within our supply chain we have mapped our core product supply chain against country specific risks highlighted by the Global Slavery Index. As a result of this, India represents the first-tier sourcing country with the highest likelihood of modern slavery risk. India represents many different stages of garment sourcing, including cotton production, spinning and garment manufacturing and challenges such as forced labour represent a risk.
We also recognise that human rights abuses can exist within our non-product supply chains. We have identified recruitment and the utilisation of contract labour within our own business as an area of potential risk and have policies in place accordingly to mitigate these risks.