Modern Slavery Statement
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Belstaff’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 2019. This statement sets out Belstaff's actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business 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 financial year 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.
As a retailer and producer of clothing, accessories and footwear we recognise that we have a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking and we continue to take our responsibility very seriously during the coronavirus pandemic.
Our organisation is absolutely 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.
This statement covers the activities of Belstaff.
Belstaff, founded in 1924, is a British brand selling men’s and women’s clothing, accessories and footwear. With a heritage of technical innovation rooted in the north of England, the company started life by kitting out some of the most daring people the world has seen. Technically excellent, beautifully crafted British design and know-how lies at the heart of Belstaff, and pieces range from robust, high- performance wear to perfectly judged items for everyday. Belstaff designed products from its London headquarters, manufacturing is global with different suppliers for different categories. Belstaff has licences to sell eyewear and footwear.
Operations and Employees
Belstaff sells products globally through three main channels: owned stores, global website and wholesale. Belstaff has 12 stores in UK, Germany, Netherlands, US and wholesale accounts in UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, US and Qatar. This statement covers all legal entities of Belstaff including; Belstaff International, Belstaff SRL, Belstaff GMBH, Belstaff North America and Belstaff Group SA. Belstaff is a UK trading company with a registered office at 15-19 Britten Street, London, SW3 3TY. There are currently 215 global employees of Belstaff. 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.
Belstaff operates in Italy, Albania, Turkey, Romania, Moldova, Portugal and Bangladesh and China, this includes the manufacture of products and souring of fabrics. Belstaff operates indirectly in Vietnam, Pakistan and India.
Our product supply chain is stable and we continue to source our fabrics and components from circa 100 suppliers located in Italy and Asia and engage circa 40 factories to manufacture our products again located across Europe and Asia. We also contract with indirect 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, logistics.
At Belstaff 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 and we have zero tolerance to any such practices.
All factories and mills we work with are required to adhere to ethical working practices, which include but are not limited to complying with key principles of ensuring that: employment is freely chosen and that freedom of association and other workers’ rights are respected; the required standards of working conditions are met and the conditions will be safe and hygienic; workers’ hours are not excessive and that regular employment is provided; there is no use of child labour; and that no discrimination or harsh or inhumane treatment will be practiced or allowed in their organisation.
We encourage all our workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, our organisation. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. Our whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation. Employees, customers or others who have concerns can speak with HR.
Our employee code of conduct makes clear to employees the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing our organisation. We strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating abroad and managing its supply chain. We use only specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour and always verifies the practices of any new agency it is using before accepting workers from that agency.
We review the factories auditing status on a regular basis our factories and mills, this shows how we want to continually reinforce our desire to ensure a high awareness of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking.
We are continuing to include clauses to specifically address the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in any relevant agreements with vendors that have been renewed during this financial year. Any new agreements will include, if appropriate, requirements to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
During this financial year ending 2020 we have not uncovered any incidents or indicators of modern slavery in our supply chain. This statement covers Belstaff and has been approved by company’s CEO and board of directors in August 2021.