MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
Jacobs & Turner (t/a Trespass) operates a zero-tolerance policy to modern slavery and human trafficking and is committed to making every effort to eradicate the horrendous impact of this hidden crime from our own business and in our supply chain.
Integrity is at the heart of our company. It is imperative to us that external sources and suppliers uphold our ethical stance on working conditions and health and safety; and that workers’ rights are to be protected and promoted.
Our ethical policy is:
- Employment is freely chosen
- Working conditions are safe and hygienic
- Child labour shall not be used
- Living wages are paid
- Working hours are not excessive
- No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed
- Environmental responsibility - factories must meet all relevant local and national regulations. In addition, we expect them to steadily improve their environmental performance by aiming to comply with international standards.
We recognise that modern slavery and human trafficking are a global and growing issue and no sector or industry can be considered immune. The following statement outlines the steps taken in the financial year ending 30 June 2020 to meet our obligations under section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Jacobs & Turner began in Glasgow in 1938 with just 12 machinists, a 1200 sq. ft. warehouse and is now an international multi-channel retailer of clothing, footwear, accessories and equipment. We’re proud to have expanded the business over the years in order to develop a range of outdoor gear for all the family including pets.
At Jacobs & Turner, we don’t carry lots of different brands, almost all the products we sell are exclusive to us. This allows us to have a direct link with the factories and be involved in all stages of production from manufacturing to the sale of goods in our retail stores or on the web. We hire over 1,677 employees in the UK, operate in over 265 stores worldwide and have 5 dedicated E-Commerce sites.
At Jacobs & Turner we are always looking to expand and progress the business. Currently, we employ over 250 people in our head office in Glasgow, Scotland. The majority of our head office staff are directly employed by us and we pride ourselves on our high retention of hard working employees.
All our retail stores in the UK are operated by Jacobs & Turner and most of our e-commerce platforms are also operated by Jacobs & Turner, except Amazon, E-Bay and La Redoute. We currently have almost 1,400 staff in our retail stores in the UK, over 100 staff in our retail stores in Europe which include countries such as Poland, Belgium, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, Republic of Ireland and Germany. All retail store staff and Jacobs & Turner operated e-commerce staff are employed by us directly. We also have franchise partners in the UK and in Europe. At Jacobs & Turner, we believe in working with people who share our ethos and vision. We meet and have regular meetings with all our franchise partners to build strong relationships and ensure our ideals and practices are aligned.
In terms of distributing our goods, Jacobs & Turner distribute the bulk of our stock from our own warehouses in Scotland and sub-contract distribution of part of our stock to a third party company in England. In terms of the sub-contracted party we use, we have built a long standing relationship with this reputable UK Company, who we believe, share our values and ethos and have in place their own modern slavery policies and statements, which we have viewed on their website. In terms of distribution from our own warehouses, this simplifies the supply chain process and the majority of our warehouse staff in Scotland are directly employed by us.
OUR SUPPLY CHAIN & POLICIES
Jacobs & Turner manufacture products to be sold either on the web, through our wholesale accounts or in our retail stores. We source our goods from countries in the Far East and Asia. Working directly with these factories simplifies the tiers in our supply chain.
All of our manufacturing factories are direct relationships and 90% of these relationships have been long term and nurtured over many years. We recognise that there are higher risk associated with specific countries and types of workforce and have taken the following steps to address these issues:-
All our suppliers are governed by our Code of Practice which forbids the use of forced or involuntary labour in any of our locations or in the operations of facilities that produce goods for us. All our suppliers from Asia and the Far East have signed our Code of Practice statement.
We have also ensured our suppliers from Asia and the Far East sign our Modern Slavery Act 2015 statement which includes specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
Jacobs & Turner also uses a wide range of suppliers mainly based in the UK who provide shop fittings, electricity suppliers, cleaning contractors, etc.
Our Employee Handbook policies set out our expectations in relation to equal opportunities and diversity, non-harassment and bullying, disciplinary procedure, whistle blowing and anti-bribery. All new starters receive the handbook as part of their offer pack and it is updated and re-circulated annually to ensure it is in line with most recent legislation.
Jacobs & Turner recognises that modern slavery is a hidden crime and that it is vital we evaluate and monitor our own business and supply chain to seek out and address risk. In the 2020 financial year we took the following steps towards this goal:
- Commitment from the board to foster a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery.
- Identified higher risk factories that produce our goods for re-sale.
- Re-circulated the Code of Practice to all high risk suppliers of goods for re-sale.
- Provided all employees with the annual update of the Employee Handbook including details of how to report concerns.
- Identified risks within our own business and supply chain and made commitments for the 2021 financial year.
- Recruited Head of HR to deliver the recruitment and people strategy.
We are committed to making every effort to instil our values across our business and supply chain. To minimise the risk of any worker suffering the effects of this hidden crime we have committed to the following actions for the 2020 financial year ending 30 June 2021:
- Update policies to incorporate specific reference to modern slavery and human trafficking.
- Ensure all internal staff receive communication to increase awareness and understanding of modern slavery risks, identifiers and what to do if they have a concern.
- Ensure all goods for re-sale suppliers have signed up to our Code of Practice.
- Implement an audit system to collate, verify, manage, report on audits to produce prioritised risk profiles.
- Identify all suppliers who provide shop fittings, electricity suppliers, cleaning contractors etc.
We look forward to updating our progress in the 2021 statement.
This modern slavery statement has been approved by the board of directors.
Name: Afzal Khushi
Date: 9 June 2020