This statement is published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and outlines the steps taken by OFFICE Holdings Ltd (“OFFICE”) during the financial year ending 26th June 2016 to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains.
OFFICE is committed to providing customers with goods that have been produced:
This commitment is upheld through OFFICE’s company policies. As a business we have a Code of Conduct based upon the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions and recommendations. We require all of our OFFICE own label ladies and men’s suppliers to review and agree to our Code of Conduct. This Code applies to the supplier, manufacturer and any other individual involved in supplying goods to our company. Our Code is designed to be fair, achievable, easy to check and to promote the ongoing development of our suppliers. It is the responsibility of our primary suppliers to inform their sub-contractors and agents of our Code and its content, and to ensure compliance throughout the lower tiers of the supply chain.
We work with an established footwear supply base and build close relationships with our suppliers and agents. We understand that our biggest exposure to modern slavery is in our product supply chains, where we have undertaken due diligence to minimise this risk. Our shoes are predominantly sourced from Spain, Italy, Portugal, China, Brazil and India, from specialist footwear manufacturers. We have mapped our factory supply base and risk assessed each geographically against the Global Slavery Index to identify areas that are at greater risk to modern slavery and human trafficking.
The OFFICE team have a long standing relationship with the large majority of our supply base. Our Design, Buying and Technical teams visit our key suppliers and factories regularly to maintain and grow these relationships. Any new supplier or factory proposed to OFFICE must complete the supplier and factory set up process before any orders are agreed. This process ensures we have appropriate visibility of the factories being used and commitment from the agent and factory representatives to the OFFICE Code of Conduct and ethical policies outlined in our Supplier Manual.
For all of our primary factories used for shoe production, approved third party social audits are received annually and graded, along with any corrective action progress reports (CAPR’s) for any non-compliances found. These third party factory audits are undertaken against internationally recognised ethical codes and standards and consist of site tours, document reviews and worker interviews. The OFFICE Technical team works with the suppliers and factories to ensure any non-compliance is resolved in at timely manner relative to the associated risk of the matters of concern.
As a business OFFICE is committed to addressing and minimising the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking within our business and supply chain. We will continue to review our policies and processes throughout the next financial year. The OFFICE Design, Buying and Technical teams will continue to visit our primary suppliers and factories to further our working relationship and involvement within our supply base. We will continue to prioritise visits to factories based in higher risk areas and are committed to increasing the transparency within our supply chain year upon year.
This statement was approved by The Board on 10th January 2017 and signed by Brian McCluskey, CEO.