Modern Slavery Statement

 
For financial year ending 31st March 2017

Introduction
This statement sets out Conran Holdings and its subsidiaries (“organisation”) actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its businesses and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. This statement relates to actions and activities during the last financial year.

The Organisation recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking. The Organisation is committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

Organisational structure and supply chains
This statement covers the principal activities of the Organisation being retail of home furnishings, the operation of architecture and design practice and brand licensing.

The Organisation’s principal operations are based in the UK and France. Products are sourced and services are provided across a wide geographic area.

The Organisation acts ethically and with integrity in all business relationships throughout the supply chain, undertaking appropriate due diligence to identify and assess potential risk areas and to mitigate the risks posed by slavery and/or human trafficking occurring. As part of our initiatives to identify and eliminate the risk of Modern Slavery, the Organisation will continue to:

Identify and assess potential risk areas when engaging new suppliers;

Perform ongoing risk analysis for existing suppliers;

Where possible, build long-standing relationships with local and international suppliers and at all times make clear our expectations regarding ethical business behaviour; and

Where suppliers fail to meet the expectations and to rectify concerns this will result in the termination of the business relationship.
Responsibility
The Senior Management Team of each Conran Holdings subsidiary is responsible for the ongoing oversight for the continuous evolution of their policies and procedures relating to Modern Slavery, with ongoing support from their procurement and human resources functions.

Training
Details of the policy are communicated to all employees as part of the staff handbooks for each business and training will be provided as necessary.

Relevant policies
The Organisation operates the following policies that describe its approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations:

Whistleblowing policy The Organisation encourages all its workers, customers and business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, the Organisation. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. The organisation's whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, and ensure the protection of any whistle-blower.

Employee code of conduct The Organisation’s code makes clear to employees the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing the Organisation. The Organisation strives to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating abroad and managing its supply chain.

Supplier/Procurement code of conduct The Organisation is committed to ensuring that its suppliers adhere to the highest standards of ethics. Suppliers are required to demonstrate that they provide safe working conditions where necessary, treat workers with dignity and respect, and act ethically and within the law in their use of labour. Serious violations of the organisation's supplier code of conduct will lead to the termination of the business relationship.

This statement has been approved by the Conran Holdings Limited board of directors, who will review and update it annually.
R Seelig
Chairman, Conran Holdings