Modern Slavery Statement 2023
Moss Bros. takes its responsibility to operate ethically and responsibly seriously and this statement sets out our commitment to preventing modern slavery and the continuing work being carried-out.
Group Structure and Supply Chain
Moss Bros. is a limited company specialising in men’s formalwear and casualwear.
At the time of writing, we have 105 stores around the United Kingdom and Eire, a website and headquarters based in London.
Whilst our roots are British, we operate across the globe and many of our products are produced by third party suppliers mainly located in Vietnam, China, Bangladesh, Madagascar, Romania, and India. Exploitation of individuals and workers’ rights are widely publicised in each Country and most suppliers will be aware of these issues. We endeavour as far as possible to ensure that we do not purchase, or unwittingly purchase goods from companies and third parties that exploit or unfairly treat its employees or suppliers’ employees or force other individuals to work against their will.
Our policy on slavery and human trafficking
Moss Bros. has a zero-tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking and as an organisation we are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business or in our supply chains.
Our ethical trading programme is overseen by our CSR & Sustainability Manager reporting to the Head of Technical and Production. Whilst we are not a member of The Ethical Trading Initiative, we continue to work closely with all our suppliers and their factories to ensure they operate in line with the Ethical Trading Initiative’s base code; the aims of which are that employment should be freely chosen and that forced or bonded labour cannot be used.
Proof of eligibility to work in the UK is required for any potential new employees and this is verified where appropriate during the recruitment process. All Moss employees are expected to work within the requirements of our Policies and Procedures. Contained within our Equal Opportunities Policy, for example, we have in place systems to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistle-blowers. Also, within the same Policy, it is confirmed that we treat all our workers, job applicants and employees equally.
Due diligence process
Moss introduced and continues with the initiative to identify potential areas of risk in our supply chain. Where potential risks are identified, a remediation plan will be developed to best address them. Moss Bros. has a hardworking relationship with all its Suppliers and have known them for many years. Whenever possible we aim to visit each year with a representative of that territory and the main suppliers, and during these visits any unacceptable practices will be highlighted.
As part of our initiative, we continue to issue on a regular basis, questionnaires which help ensure that our suppliers adhere to the Ethical Trading Initiative’s base code and do not tolerate modern slavery or human trafficking within their own businesses. This is also followed up with reviewing our suppliers Ethical Audits and as a result, any required corrective action plans to ensure all our suppliers conform to our Ethical Trading Programme.
As part of our induction process, all new staff receive information to ensure understanding of Moss Bros. Policies and Procedures. All company policies are accessible on The Hub, the company intranet, for ease of reference.
This statement has been approved by the CEO Brian Brick of Moss.