CITIZENS OF HUMANITY (UK) LTD.

MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT

 

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Citizens of Humanity (UK), Ltd.’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending December 31, 2018.

Introduction

At Citizens of Humanity (UK), Ltd., we are committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our corporate activities, and to ensuring that our supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

Our Business

Citizens of Humanity, LLC, the parent company of Citizens of Humanity (UK), Ltd., is a global business that has been designing, manufacturing and selling high quality jeans and other apparel items for men and women since 2003. Citizens of Humanity, LLC is located in Huntington Park, California, and manufactures and sells its apparel products to retailers located throughout the world. In addition, Citizens of Humanity, LLC sells its products through its wholly owned subsidiaries, including Citizens of Humanity (UK), Ltd. which sells its products to retail establishments in the United Kingdom. Our UK registered office is at 2nd Floor, 100 Clifton Street, London, England, EC2A 4TN. 

Citizens of Humanity, LLC’s business is a privately owned and run company that engages in the design, manufacture, warehousing and international distribution of apparel products, as well as support functions including finance and administration. Citizens of Humanity, LLC sells our apparel products through our own websites (including a website operated by Citizens of Humanity (UK), Ltd.) and at wholesale to retailers who may resell our products in their stores and websites.

Our Employees

The Citizens group has over 800 employees worldwide.  We have thorough recruitment practices in which we check all our employees’ eligibility to work and we are confident that there is no risk of slavery and human trafficking within our group.

Our Supply Chains

Our Products - Our apparel products are manufactured in California and in Turkey, in facilities that are either owned by Citizens of Humanity, LLC or affiliates or are owned by third parties who operate in close proximity to the factories owned and operated by Citizens of Humanity, LLC and its affiliated entities.  Because of Citizens of Humanity’s close working relationship with its factories in California and Turkey, Citizens of Humanity is able to observe and confirm that no forced labor or human trafficking occurs in the manufacture of its products. 

Citizens of Humanity does import fabric and other raw materials used in the manufacture of its products from suppliers located outside of the United States, and seeks to ensure that its supply chain is free of forced labor or human trafficking.  To that end, all of Citizens of Humanity, LLC’s manufacturers and suppliers of raw materials are required to agree to abide by Citizens of Humanity’s Code of Conduct and Standards of Business Practices, in which they agree that they and all of their subcontractors and manufacturers will observe all laws that apply in the country of manufacture, including laws relating to employment practices, and treat their employees in a fair and respectful manner.  More detail about the Code of Conduct and Standards of Business Practices is included under “Our Policies”, below. 

Citizens of Humanity does not formally audit its third party suppliers for compliance. While Citizens of Humanity does not provide formal training to employees and management, and does not maintain formal internal accountability standards and procedures for contractors failing to meet its standards regarding forced labor and human trafficking, in the event that Citizens of Humanity obtains any information which causes it to believe that a supplier is not in compliance with our standards, it will eliminate the supplier from its supply chain.

Indirect Suppliers - We also contract with suppliers for a broad spectrum of goods and services which are important to our business operations but which do not feed into our product production, such as information technology, shop fittings, till systems and logistics.

Our Policies

At Citizens of Humanity, LLC, we are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.  Accordingly, we have zero tolerance to any such practices and in the UK, we have a Modern Slavery Policy and an Anti Slavery Officer (“ASO”).

All factories we work with are required to adhere to ethical working practices, by signing the Citizens of Humanity, LLC Code of Conduct and Standards of Business Practices. The standards included in the Code of Conduct and Standards of Business Practices include, but are not limited to, complying with key principles of ensuring that:

(1)       employment is freely chosen and that freedom of association and other workers’ rights are respected;

(2)       the required local standards of wages, benefits and working conditions are met and the conditions will be safe and hygienic;

(3)       workers’ hours are not excessive and workers are allowed at least one day off in every normal seven day work week;

(4)       there is no use of child labour under any circumstances and no use of forced, prison, indentured or bonded labor;

(5)       there is no discrimination in employment on the basis of race, age, religion, gender, national origin, ethnic origin, social origin, political affliiation or political opinion; and

(6)       there is no use of corporal punishment or other mental or physical disciplinary actions, or sexual harassment.

Looking Ahead

Over the course of the next financial year we will continue to enhance our procedures to help us identify, prevent and mitigate any risks of modern slavery or human trafficking in relation to new and existing suppliers.

Approval

This statement has been formally approved by the Directors of Citizens of Humanity (UK), Ltd. and signed on their behalf.