MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
INTRODUCTION FROM THE GROUP CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Quantum Clothing Group Ltd takes its commitments under the Modern Slavery Act very seriously. As a company we are committed to conducting business in a lawful, ethical and responsible manner, and expect our supply chain partners to share this commitment. Modern slavery and human trafficking are hidden, pervasive crimes, and we all have the responsibility to drive them out of our industry.
QUANTUM CLOTHING GROUP LTD STRUCTURE AND SUPPLY CHAIN
Quantum Clothing Group Ltd are a major supplier to the leading high street retailers in the UK and Europe. The Company was founded in 2000 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Itochu Corporation. The Itochu Corporation is headquartered in Japan.
Quantum Clothing Group Ltd has a UK Head Office covering Design, Development and Commercial activities and owned manufacturing sites in Cambodia and Sri Lanka employing over 5000 employees. We also source products from key manufacturing partners in Asia, including Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, China and India.
OUR POLICY ON SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Quantum Clothing Group Ltd is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or any part of our business.
All employees are expected to work within the requirements of the company Policies and Procedures, as well as the Itochu Group Compliance Policy which is located on the internal intranet site. Itochu respects the laws and regulations of the countries where it does business and international rules, and will pursue the highest standards of ethical behavior in its dealings with customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders, and other stakeholders.
We operate an audit program that ensures that our suppliers are monitored against our Ethical Code of Conduct, aligned to the ETI Base Code, which includes, among other requirements, conditions whereby factories producing our goods must ensure that employment is freely chosen, child labour shall not be used, and no harsh or inhumane treatment will occur.
DUE DILIGENCE PROCESS
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we use a mixture of announced and unannounced, internal, second and third party auditing through our supply chain, which is published on the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex). Audit data forms the basis of risk assessments to identify areas of potential risk in our supply chain. Where potential risks are identified, a remediation plan is developed to best address them.
Compliance staff in region make themselves aware of any potential issues by interviewing workers, gaining their trust, and learning over time which agents and factories have good or bad reputations and practices. In cases where issues are found they will work resolutely with factory management to resolve them.
Contained within our Company Whistleblowing Policy, we have in place systems to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistleblowers. Additionally, all employees have the option to report concerns confidentially through the mechanism of the Itochu Group Compliance Policy.
As part of our induction process, all new staff receive information to ensure understanding of the Quantum Clothing Group Ltd Company Policies and Procedures, and the Itochu Group Compliance Policy. All company policies are accessible on the company intranet for ease of reference.
Group Chairman and Chief Executive