Modern Slavery Statement
Year End 18th February 2018
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 18th February 2018.
Modern slavery is a broad term used to encompass the offences of slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. The 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 Craft retailer sourcing goods from around the world. We manage complex and unique supply chains in more than 12 countries around the world.
As a business Hobbycraft is committed to addressing and minimising the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking within our business and supply chain. We will continue to review our policies and processes throughout the next financial year and update where required. The Hobbycraft Commercial, Supply Chain and support teams will continue to visit our primary suppliers and factories to further our working relationship and involvement within our supply base. We will continue to prioritise visits to factories based in higher risk areas and are committed to increasing the transparency within our supply chain year upon year.
Who are Hobbycraft?
Founded in 1995, we are the largest arts and crafts retailer in the UK with more than 90 stores nationwide. With over 25,000 products for 250 inspirational activities and hundreds of exciting ideas, you'll discover everything you need to get crafty.
As well as selling through our UK stores, we also sell through a variety of market places and our website currently sells internationally.
At Hobbycraft the values and goals we have developed provide a robust approach to sustainability and is 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 is of the utmost importance to us. Any human rights abuses have no place in our business or in the world in which we live. 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 on Anti-Bribery & Corruption, Whistleblowing, Pay & Contracts and Equal Opportunities.
The responsibility for monitoring adherence to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 sits with our Buying Director, a member of the main Board, who as leader of the Buying function pride themselves on delivering fantastic products through international vendor partnerships.
Our Product Supply Chain
Hobbycraft sources product from over 100 international trusted partnerships, operating across 12 countries globally, with the largest international sourcing countries being China, Philippines, India and Nepal, which account for 30% of our sales. The remainder of the goods sourced are from UK Domestic suppliers.
Hobbycraft has internal practices to address human trafficking and modern slavery in our supply chain. We spend 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 reviewed and expressly prohibited.
All our vendors also undergo an Environmental Social Governance Audit (ESG) every 2 years coupled with management through our sustainability KPIs which are reviewed regularly.
The audit findings are reported to our parent company to ensure that the best practice findings are shared across the portfolio of companies in a continuous improvement environment.
Assessing & Due Diligence
At Hobbycraft we understand the importance of a robust due diligence approach in helping to identify, mitigate and minimise risk of modern slavery. Given the global nature of our sourcing business it is important that we are vigilant to modern slavery.
We practice risk assessment in our supply chain. We assess suppliers via onsite audit or desktop review of SEDEX or BSCI audit report to evaluate their compliance against our standards in order 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 examine the specific situation and develop the best possible strategy for resolution. If cases of non-compliance are not resolved within a timely manner, Hobbycraft may terminate the business relationship.
This statement has been approved and is fully supported by the Board of Directors.
Chief Executive Officer