Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
Ryman Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2023
This statement is published in accordance with Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Transparency in Supply Chains) Regulations 2015. It sets out the steps taken during 2022/23 by Ryman Group Limited, having its registered office at Ryman House, Savoy Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 6NA and Company number 02714395.
Introduction from the Board
Modern slavery includes slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. It’s recognised that this is a global and growing issue which can exist in all economies and business sectors. The Modern Slavery Act is an important piece of legislation which seeks to protect vulnerable workers, respecting their human rights, driving transparency throughout the supply chain and ensuring the supply chain is slavery and trafficking free. As responsible retailers Ryman Group Limited is fully committed to acting ethically and with integrity. We are committed to putting
effective systems and controls in place, and continually improving our processes, to ensure we prevent any form of modern slavery or human trafficking from taking place within our business
and supply chains. This statement sets out the actions we take and have taken during the financial year ending 1st April 2023.
We are a trusted multi-channel brand focused on delivering outstanding customer service and first-class product knowledge. We strive to trade with the best quality suppliers, who have the highest social and ethical standards, and make available the highest quality products and
services for our business and our valued customers. Our products and services are sourced globally from the UK, Europe and further afield such as the Indian subcontinent and Asia.
Our Policy on Slavery and Human Trafficking
As a responsible retailer, we are committed to continual improvement of our systems and processes and strive to ensure modern slavery does not exist within our businesses or supply chains. Our Code of Conduct aims to uphold internationally agreed standards of labour, in
particular those set by the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI). We expect those in our supply chain to respect the rights and wellbeing of their workforce and promote high standards of welfare.
Our Supply Chain
We pride ourselves on having long-standing relationships with a large number of carefully selected suppliers, who produce some of the most prominent brands within their sectors, and who provide services (including the provision of contract and temporary labour) to the business.
We are committed to making sure those who are involved in the sourcing and production of our products and services are safe, and treated fairly, at all times. It is therefore our aim to source from factories and suppliers who share this commitment. Our agents work closely with our
suppliers to identify issues and develop improvement plans, where required. Our suppliers are expected to adhere to our supplier Code of Conduct, which reflects our commitment to striving to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within our supply chains. We
request copies of our new suppliers' anti-slavery policies to ensure they adhere to our principles and Code of Conduct and continue to monitor suppliers, including carrying out factory audits both through our agents and third parties.
High-level risk areas
As part of our efforts to monitor and reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring within our supply chains, we have adopted due diligence processes. Our procedures are designed to:
.Establish and assess areas of potential risk in our business and supply chains.
.Monitor potential risk areas in our business and supply chains.
.Reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our business and supply chains.
Due Diligence Processes
We are proud to put our name and branding on a range of unique and high-quality products. Our due diligence processes are designed to demonstrate our commitment to striving to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain. We track all factories producing and packing Ryman branded product in terms of audit status. We expect and have obtained confirmation that suppliers of each of our products, and the suppliers of services to our business, adhere to our supplier Code of Conduct. We adhere to a strict supplier on-boarding process for any new suppliers, whilst long-standing suppliers have been required to agree to our Supplier Compliance suite of documents. This includes our Code of Conduct. The implementation of our Code is sought through regular checks of supplier services and factories by agents and third parties. We have also taken steps to identify potential risk areas and closely monitor those areas. Our Code of Conduct sets out our commitment to freedom to choose employment, freedom of association and collective bargaining, safe and hygienic working conditions, no child labour, payment of a living wage, no excessive hours, no discrimination, regular employment and no harsh or inhumane treatment.
We have developed an in-house eLearning course to ensure all colleagues are aware of and have a better understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking. All store colleagues complete our basic awareness eLearning every two years, whilst our retail support centre colleagues complete our eLearning course annually. Our trading and buying colleagues must complete the specialist version of our course, annually. Modern Slavery awareness is also included as part of colleague induction and the eLearning course is assigned to all new starters.
We understand that the approach to modern slavery requires an ongoing assessment of our business and supply chain, in order to minimise the risk of its occurrence. We will work towards reducing the risk within our business in the coming year. To do this, we aim to look at the following key areas and report progress in the next statement:
. Governance: Develop our Corporate and Social Responsibility governance framework by reviewing our modern slavery governance, in order to build focus and clear action planning for the future.
. Learning and Development: maintaining awareness within all our businesses by training colleagues in all levels of the business.
. Policy review: continuing to review, improve and develop systems and processes to ensure that our supply chain adheres to our principles and values; performing an ongoing review of our Code of Conduct, to ensure it is fit for purpose and effective.
. Risk Mitigation and Audit compliance: continuing to review and improve our due diligence and selection process for new suppliers to seek to ensure they, and their supply chains, adhere to our Code of Conduct.
This statement was approved by board of Ryman Group Limited.
Group Company Secretary
30th September 2023