Wacoal Europe Modern Slavery Policy

Supplier due diligence

Wacoal Europe will conduct due diligence on all new direct suppliers during on-boarding and on existing suppliers at regular intervals. This includes:

  • Independent Audits are regularly carried out on our garment manufacturers, which reviews their health and safety standards, labour relations and employee contracts in line with the ETI base code. This can consist of a WRAP or a Smeta 4 –Pillar audit. From 2023 these factories will be audited on an annual basis.
  • We visit all our Garment Manufacturers on a regular basis throughout the year.
  • Each of our 2nd Tier suppliers (Raw Material, packaging and logistics providers), sign an annual submission of a Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement, including a questionnaire.
  • All our Raw material Suppliers adhere to the following specific requirements :-
    • All products supplied have a valid Oekotex Certificate.
    • If Metal items are supplied they conform to the EU NICKEL Directive.
    • No cotton originates from Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan or Xuar (Xin Jiang Uyghur Autonomous Region)
    • No items contain Palm Oil or Latex.

We require that our suppliers:-

  • Do not use any form of forced, compulsory or slave labour.
  • Employees work voluntarily and are entitled to leave work.
  • Provide each employee with an offer letter/statement of terms and conditions/employment contract as appropriate to the market.
  • Do not require employees to post a deposit/bond.
  • Do not withhold salaries or pay for any reasons.
  • Do not require employees to surrender their passports or work permits as a condition of employment.

Our Recruitment & Employment Principles

We treat all staff equally; without discrimination and with respect for their human rights. All staff enjoy the protection of relevant law of the land in respect of their employment.

In particular:-

  • We bear the full costs of recruitment and do not charge staff fees for hiring, placing or promoting them.
  • We provide written statements of terms and conditions of employment to all staff where required by law. These documents explain everything in a clear and transparent way.
  • We support the right to seek, obtain and hold employment without discrimination and with complete respect for dignity.
  • We do not coerce anyone to work for us. When you choose to work for us you do so voluntarily.
  • You must prove your entitlement to work in the UK. However, we do not hold or retain original passports, identity documents or residency papers. You should retain such documents personally.
  • Everyone is paid regularly, in accordance with their terms and conditions. We provide a written summary of pay and deductions (pay slip) on every occasion.
  • Everyone has the right to join or not join a trade union at their complete discretion.
  • We provide safe and decent working conditions with suitable training as necessary. Our operations comply with or exceed statutory health and safety standards.
  • We provide formal grievance provisions through which staff can lodge a work related complaint or raise a matter of concern.
  • We do not impede anyone’s freedom of movement or their opportunity to seek employment elsewhere.

We will 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.

In 2022 we are nominating 18th October (Anti-Slavery Day) as the day to raise additional awareness of Modern Slavery within our business, through our Internal Bra-vo employee interactive portal and a business wide poster campaign.


    Andrew Yeomans                                     Geoff Embley

    Global Supply Chain Director                   CEO


    May 2022