About this Modern Slavery Act
Modern slavery is a heinous crime, a violation of fundamental human rights, and a morally reprehensible act that deprives a person's liberty and dignity for another person's gain.
It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
It is a real problem for millions of people around the world, including many in developed countries, who are being kept and exploited in various forms of slavery.
At OUTSIDERAL LLP, we have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and are committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our operation and supply chain.
We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to make sure modern slavery isn't happening anywhere in our own business or any of our supply chains
This statement sets out the actions that we've taken to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to our business, and to implement steps to prevent slavery and human trafficking throughout our first financial year.
Our business and supply chains
We establish a relationship of trust and integrity with all our suppliers, which is constructed upon mutually beneficial factors.
Our supplier selection and on-boarding procedure include:
Due diligence of the supplier's reputation
Respect for the law
Compliance with health, safety and environmental standards, being WRAP compliance or equivalent the minimum cut.
We haven't been made aware of any allegations of human trafficking/slavery activities against any of our suppliers, but if we were, then we would act immediately against the supplier and report it to the authorities.
We are a group of passion-based brands under the same ethical roof. Some of our main activities are educational content services, but below you can see in detail our main activities related to supply chains:
OKTOBESAD.com Streetwear brand, designing, developing, and retailing clothing, footwear and accessories.
BEFRIENDYOURCAT.com Awareness brand, designing, developing, and retailing cat accessories, clothing, and such.
AJUNGLEINSIDE.com Indoor gardening brand, designing, developing, and retailing tools and accessories for indoor plants.
WITCHCRAFT.today Esoteric and occult brand, designing, developing, and retailing tools for witchcraft, clothing, and accessories.
INTROVERTEDBARTENDER.com Bartending tools brand, designing, developing, and retailing bartending tools, clothing, and accessories.
We sell our merchandise worldwide through our online shops.
Our main operations, design and decision-making processes are primarily based in the UK.
About our supply chains
Our products are designed from our laptops and made by third parties operating within the Far East, Europe, and North America. We currently use around thirty manufacturing suppliers. When we have co-branded projects, we use our co-brand partners' manufacturing facilities and suppliers.
We are pleased to report that currently, each one of our suppliers manufactures products for other international businesses and are certified by third-party quality and safety management organisations as meeting high standards of care and safety for their workers.
We appreciate that there are certain materials (such as cotton) and areas of manufacture across the globe that are recognised as a higher risk for modern slavery and human trafficking. We bear this in mind when creating new relationships with suppliers and take steps to minimise any risk of such exploitation within our supply chains.
Our co-branded partners have globally recognised businesses and all have substantial policies in place addressing modern slavery, human trafficking and sustainability. Therefore, there's a very low risk of human rights abuse within the supply chain for our co-branded products.
We also have a network of suppliers supporting our logistics, transport and delivery operations. Our main freight forwarder has issued its second modern Slavery Statement, encompasses a zero-tolerance approach, and is committed to ensuring that modern slavery isn't happening in its own business or its supply chains.
In our first year of activity, we have conducted a risk assessment when establishing our supply chain by taking into account:
The risk profile of individual countries based on the Global Slavery Index
The business services rendered by the suppliers
The presence of vulnerable demographic groups
News analysis and the insights of labour and human rights groups
This assessment determines our decisions and the risk controls that we implement in the future.
OUTSIDERAL LLP operates the following policies for identifying and preventing slavery and human trafficking in its operations:
Whistleblowing Policy - we encourage all employees, customers and suppliers to report any suspicion of slavery or human trafficking without fear of retaliation. We provide a confidential helpline to protect the identity of the whistleblowers.
Code of Conduct - our code encourages employees to do the right thing by clearly stating the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing the business. We strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour when operating abroad and managing our supply chain.
Purchasing Code - our Purchasing Code and supplier contracts make explicit reference to slavery and human trafficking.
Supplier due diligence
OUTSIDERAL LLP conducts due diligence on all new suppliers during on-boarding and on existing suppliers at regular intervals.
Assessing risks in the provision of particular services.
Auditing the suppliers, and their health and safety standards, labour relations and employee contracts.
Requiring improvements to substandard employment practices.
Sanctioning suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with our requirements.
Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains.
Communicate effectively with the right people in each of our suppliers' businesses.
Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains.
Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.
We require all suppliers to attest that:
They don't use any form of forced, compulsory or slave labour.
Their employees work voluntarily and are entitled to leave work.
They provide each employee with an employment contract that contains a reasonable notice period for terminating their employment.
They don't require employees to post a deposit/bond and don't withhold their salaries for any reasons.
They don't require employees to surrender their passports or work permits as a condition of employment.
OUTSIDERAL LLP raises awareness of modern slavery sending an email that is focused specifically on modern slavery to all its staff and collaborators, which explains:
Our commitment to the fight against modern slavery.
Red flags for potential cases of slavery or human trafficking.
How employees should report suspicions of modern slavery.
A link to the Fashion Revolution website.
Measuring how we're performing
OUTSIDERAL LLP has defined a set of key performance indicators and controls to combat modern slavery and human trafficking in its organisation and supply chain.
How many reports and audits have been issued by third-party organisations regarding our supply lines.
How many suppliers have filled out our ethics questionnaire.
How many suppliers have agreed to collaborate on the #imadeyourclothes campaign with us, providing pictures of the actual magickal makers of our garments.
How many suppliers have rolled out an awareness and training programme that is at least equivalent to ours.
We take our duties under the Modern Slavery Act very seriously and will continue to take the measures outlined above, and any others that we identify during the year, that reduces our exposure to modern slavery, human trafficking or other human rights abuses in our supply chains and that widens the awareness of the issue within our business.
We intend to take the following further step to combat slavery and human trafficking:
Continue to monitor, evaluate and review our suppliers and ensure that they comply with our Modern Slavery Policies as stated above.
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