According to the International Labour Organisation millions of people around the world are kept in slavery which takes the form of servitude, forced labour, bonded labour, human trafficking and descent-based slavery.
We at H. Young have always had a zero-tolerance approach to slavery of any kind within our operations and supply chain, and we continually educate our employees and all stakeholders on required ethical standards.
The H. Young Group sources, markets and distributes brands to the retail sector. We own many of our brands and distribute others on an exclusive basis for overseas principals. We supply thousands of independent retail businesses across the UK, many of whom are household names, as well as retailing directly to customers online and through a number of our own retail outlets.
H. Young’s businesses employ over 1,000 direct staff. With suppliers in many countries, our product supply chains are extensive and global.
With respect to our supply partners, we aim to understand how and when risks to human rights may occur. In every country where we do business with third parties we try to identify and understand the local laws and cultural norms to allow us to work collaboratively with a supplier, and to assess the risks and the rights of their workers. This allows us to demand the right process in our relationships to avoid any type of slavery. In addition we review closely where workers live, who has control of their personal documentation, working hours, work conditions, wages and the extent of worker collaboration.
To the best of our ability we apply the same process to subcontractors and agency staff.
We recognise that the highest risk of modern slavery occurring is in our supply chain either overseas or in the UK. As a result, we undertake relevant due diligence procedures on our risk suppliers:
We are in our factories on a frequent basis with experienced staff who are trained in and aware of the challenges in our supply chain.
As an organisation, we have policies and procedures in place for correct recruitment and employment which protect our staff from anything resembling slavery, including:
In order to achieve the required results, the ongoing training of all our staff with supply chain responsibilities includes anti-slavery training, including The UK Modern Slavery Act, identification of slavery in the supply chain and internal reporting procedures.