Modern Slavery Act 2015: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

Fenwick is committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking. This statement sets out the steps that Fenwick is taking to identify and address the risk of slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and other business operations.

Our business and supply chain

We are the UK’s leading independently-owned department store, trading online and from 9 stores across the UK with over 2,200 colleagues. Our annual turnover is in excess of £287m.

Differentiating our business by the availability and calibre of brands and the quality of our customer experience, we offer a unique blend of high-fashion brands, concessions and some own-brand products.

Our approach to anti-slavery and human trafficking

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. Our Anti-slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.

Since 1882, the Fenwick brand has been synonymous with sourcing quality products for our customers. As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we are ensuring that our processes and systems allow us to:

  • Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains;
  • Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains;
  • Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains; and
  • Protect whistle blowers.
Supplier adherence to our values and ethics

Fenwick has zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors comply with our values we are finalising our new supply chain compliance programme. This consists of:

  • Having a compliance team in place to support the business;
  • Expectations on compliance built into our supplier onboarding procedures;
  • We have rolled out a supplier handbook to all existing and new suppliers setting out the standards they will be expected to meet, and enforcing this where necessary;
  • Continually reviewing and updating relevant standard trading terms to ensure that anti-slavery provisions are adequate;
  • Requiring suppliers to educate their staff, suppliers and providers in relation to anti-slavery.
Key areas of focus for FY 2021/22
  • Continuing to work with existing suppliers to ensure that as a minimum their approach to anti-slavery meets our standards;
  • Supplier audit and identification of high risk suppliers
  • Review and update of our supplier handbook to ensure content remains appropriate and up to date
  • Ensure central accountability for supply chain management.
  • Continue to raise awareness of modern slavery within the business.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 2020/21.