Modern Slavery Statement
Year ending 21st February 2021
This statement has been published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act (2015). It details the steps Hobbycraft has taken to prevent, identify and respond to risks of modern slavery within our business and supply chains during the financial year ending 21st February 2021.
Modern slavery is a broad term used to encompass the offences of slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. The International Labour Organization (ILO) defines forced labour as, “all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily.”
The UK Modern Slavery Act was passed into law in March 2015. The law requires companies operating in the United Kingdom to publicly disclose the steps taken to ensure modern slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in any of their supply chains or in any part of their business.
Hobbycraft is a leading UK arts and crafts retailer sourcing goods from around the world. We manage complex and unique supply chains in 8 countries around the world (as at 21st February 2021).
As a business, Hobbycraft is committed to addressing the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking, with a zero-tolerance approach within our business and supply chain. We will continue to review our policies and processes throughout the next financial year and make updates where required. The Hobbycraft commercial, supply chain and support teams will continue to visit our primary suppliers and factories, where possible, to further our working relationships and involvement within our supply base. We will continue to prioritise visits to factories based in higher risk areas and remain committed to increasing the transparency within our supply chain year upon year.
Where we are unable to visit countries impacted by travel restrictions, Hobbycraft will engage a local independent 3rd party technical support service provider to conduct these visits on our behalf.
Hobbycraft Group of Companies
Founded in 1995, we are the largest arts and crafts retailer in the UK with 102 stores nationwide (as at 21st February 2021).
As well as selling through our UK stores, our website also sells internationally.
The Hobbycraft group of companies comprises:
|Company Name||Company Number|
|Hobbycraft Group Limited||07216034|
|Stitch 2 Limited||07216740|
|Stitch 3 Limited||07217283|
|Stitch Bidco Limited||07068903|
|Hobbycraft Trading Limited||00806269|
|Hobbycraft Superstores Limited||03289788|
Hobbycraft Group Limited is the group’s parent company and the only trading company is Hobbycraft Trading Limited.
Our Values and Policies
At Hobbycraft, the values and goals we have developed provide a robust approach to sustainability and are a core part of our business strategy, with a clear reporting and accountability structure.
The human rights of all people working directly or indirectly for Hobbycraft are a matter of the utmost importance to us. Any human rights abuses have no place in our business or in the wider world. We are committed to ensuring that Hobbycraft has a robust approach to addressing modern slavery and human rights abuses within our supply chains.
Hobbycraft colleagues are guided by key policies, including those relating to Anti-Bribery & Corruption, Whistleblowing, Pay & Contracts and Equal Opportunities. Monitoring adherence to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 is the responsibility of our Chief Financial Officer, a member of the main Board.
Our Product Supply Chain
Hobbycraft sources products from over 100 international trusted partnerships, operating across 8 countries globally. Our largest international sourcing country is China, with a smaller proportion from Taiwan, Turkey, India and the Philippines. Imports make up c30% of our total stock purchases with the remainder of our goods sourced from UK suppliers.
Hobbycraft has internal practices to address human trafficking and modern slavery in our supply chain. We invest a lot of time in our factories conducting product checks as well as factory audits that cover “forced, bonded, indentured, slave and prison labour” which are expressly prohibited.
All our vendors undergo an Environmental, Social and Governance Audit (ESG) every two years. Vendors are also monitored via our sustainability KPIs which are reviewed regularly.
We endeavour to communicate any significant audit learnings to our suppliers if we consider that they may be of benefit in driving best practice.
Risk Assessment, Due Diligence & Measurement of Effectiveness
At Hobbycraft, we understand the importance of a robust due diligence approach in helping to identify, mitigate and minimise the risk of modern slavery. Given the global nature of our sourcing business, it is important that we are vigilant over modern slavery.
Our supply chain is assessed on our risk register, which is reviewed by the management team on a quarterly basis and approved by the Board. We assess suppliers via on-site audits or desktop reviews of Sedex or BSCI audit reports to evaluate their compliance against our standards to prevent and address human trafficking and modern slavery in our supply chain. In addition, we also conduct unannounced audits, which are performed by a qualified third party as well as our own qualified teams at source.
Human trafficking is considered a zero-tolerance issue at Hobbycraft. If evidence of forced, bonded, indentured, slave and/or prison labour is found, Hobbycraft reserves the right to terminate the business relationship and report the matter to the relevant authorities.
Since 21st February 2021, Hobbycraft has made further progress towards addressing the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking by joining Sedex, the world’s leading ethical trade membership organisation. We have joined as a buyer member and have set clear objectives for the year ending 20th February 2022, in order to take full advantage of the services available.
This statement has been approved and is fully supported by the Board of Directors.
Chief Executive Officer
5th August 2021