UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and California Transparency in Supply Chains Act 2010 statement 2018.
This Statement has been published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and California Transparency in Supply Chains Act 2010. It sets out the steps taken by REISS LIMITED (“REISS”) during financial year ending 3rd February 2018 to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains.
Since its creation by David Reiss in 1971, Reiss has established a design philosophy centred on creating design-led menswear, womenswear and accessories.
Today Reiss is a highly respected, prominent business in the global fashion arena with product developed at its headquarters in central London, employing 1551 employees across its headquarters and retail locations.
Reiss operates in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, Middle East, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States, across 155 store and concession locations and has a highly developed e-commerce presence. Reiss manufactures its finished goods through a global network of external suppliers and sources its raw materials through the same network and in-house.
Reiss remains committed to ensuring that its operations and supply chains promote safe, fair, legal and humane working conditions.
This means we expect the business and our suppliers to abide by local laws, international labour and human rights standards in all countries in which we or they operate.
Our commitment to the eradication of slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking (collectively referred to as modern slavery) in the business and our supply chain is closely aligned with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
We recognise the reality of these issues for all concerned and we have established measures to identify the risks to our business that modern slavery presents. These measures are reviewed annually to ensure best practice.
This statement provides an overview of our work to implement an effective governance framework and our enhanced due diligence process which includes a close review of modern slavery risks and indicative factors in the way we operate and how we source.
The Reiss Ethical Compliance and Due-Diligence programme (Governance Framework) is an integrated business practice and a vital foundation for all supplier partnerships and applied to Reiss’ own business operations.
The programme sets out our requirements, expectations and guidance, outlining the minimum social standards that must be met. The programme consists of the Reiss Supplier Manual, Self-Assessment Form, Code of Conduct and Supplier Engagement – Terms of business.
Together, these documents collect key information on labour practices, working environments, health and safety and general ethical trade awareness. Country region, product category and partnership type are also considered and combined with an existing factory audit, verifies the data provided.
All information is recorded and monitored in a central database and is used to map Reiss’ supply chain. In 2017 Reiss successfully mapped its tier one suppliers and this year is expanding its efforts to include second tier suppliers such as sub-contracted processes used for embroidery, printing and fabric mills sourced in-house.
The framework elevates Reiss’ efforts to better detail its sourcing landscape and ability to align itself to the Modern Slavery Act.
Completed annually, suppliers are required to complete a self-assessment form for each factory location that produces Reiss product. The Self-Assessment is an integrated exercise providing insight into a factory’s workplace, environmental protection and health & safety policies in addition to subcontracted processes, if any. Suppliers are also asked to submit the most recent factory social audit. Combined, Reiss is able to detail and approve factories and sub-contractors before an order is placed, which continues to influence our overall decision making on further compliance assessments and sourcing adjustments. A bespoke self-assessment form is also shared and recorded for all contracted partners used in Reiss’ own operations.
Supplier Code of Conduct
Updated in 2017 with language on child labour, human trafficking, slavery and anti-corruption the Reiss Supplier Code of Conduct is aligned with the intent of the Modern Slavery Act, reflecting best practice and stakeholder expectations. The Code of Conduct is core to the Ethical Compliance and Due-Diligence programme and has been shared with all suppliers and contracted partners in Reiss’ own operations. As standard, the code requires access to both Reiss and third-party auditors to perform unannounced audits that check compliance with all core labour rights.
This year, Reiss updated its code to include language on responsible recruitment reaffirming its commitment that no worker should pay for a job and the costs of recruitment should be borne not by the worker but by the employer. All suppliers are required to share their recruitment policies as part of the ethical and compliance programme.
The Reiss supplier Code of Conduct builds on the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) base code and International Labour Organisation principles, standards and guidelines.
Supplier Engagement – Terms of Business
Reiss’ Supplier Engagement – Terms of Business is a principal tool used to communicate the obligations on suppliers to comply with the Modern Slavery Act. The Terms of Business also supports Reiss’ efforts of greater transparency by requiring suppliers to declare all production sites and sub-contractors.
Reiss continues to risk assess all suppliers and production sites using information obtained from the Ethical Compliance and Due-Diligence programme. This, in conjunction with business KPI’s and country risk insight from public sources such as the World Bank, United Nations, the Global Slavery Index and ETI membership support Reiss’ approach to risk prioritisation and audit selection. Part of Reiss’ risk prioritisation this year is to expand its supply chain mapping into its second-tier suppliers and fabric mills sourced in-house. Reiss applies the same approach when assessing risks in its own operations, such as collecting key information about labour practices of its contracted partners.