Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
Wacoal Europe is committed to ensuring there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain or any part of our business. All of our direct employ operations across the globe comply with legal requirements for the employment of and remuneration of all employees.
All of Wacoal Europe’s garments are made in factories which are 100% owned by the Wacoal Group, joint ventures with local companies or with partners of long standing relationship. We deal directly with those factories and never through agents or 3rd parties. All of the factories are obliged to have accreditation to either the WRAP organisation (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) or SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audits). Independent audits are used to gain and maintain this accreditation. These audits are carried out annually or biennially by internationally respected organisations such as SGS, Bureau Veritas (BV) or Intertek Testing Services (ITS). Any corrective action plans identified during the audits are followed up with the factory concerned with a follow up audit arranged within 6 months to confirm completion.
Our raw materials are sourced directly from internationally known and respected companies. All of our suppliers are obliged to test their fabric to ensure it is fit for purpose before sending deliveries to our factories. All of our suppliers have been independently certified by the Oeko- Tex organisation and the fabric we use complies with the regulations in the REACH legislation which prohibits the use of potentially harmful chemicals and dyestuffs.
In addition to the above, in March 2016 we wrote to all of our raw material suppliers reaffirming our ethical standards with particular reference to modern slavery and human trafficking. We have requested that senior management from our suppliers respond in a positive way to the key points of the modern slavery and human trafficking legislation. Using the ETI base code as a reference our top 40 suppliers have already confirmed adherence to those principles. We will now be rolling out to all of our supply base and hope to have this completed within the next 6 months.
We will write to each of our freight forwarding companies to ask for their confirmation that they comply with the same.
We will during 2016 continue to inform and raise awareness of the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking within our organisation so that all employees can participate in ensuring we continue to comply with our obligations.
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