Fighting Modern Slavery
At Scotts & Co. we recognise that we have a commitment to understanding the risks of modern slavery and take our responsibilities seriously.
We are a multi-channel retail business with four active brands trading through the legal entity Scotts Limited. With brands including “Scotts of Stow”, “The Original Gift Company” and “Bloom”, the business largely trades with our customers through mail order, supported by three flagship retail outlets based in Stow-on-the-Wold and an increasingly successful web business.
With a traditional Cotswold’s heritage, including having retail outlets in Stow for over 25 years, the group’s business has grown significantly with net sales exceeding £50m. The business is privately owned with sites in Swindon, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Ealing.
Our Buying and Merchandising teams source and buy products that best reflect each individual brand’s personality. We have built long standing relationships with our supply chain and work with over 600 suppliers globally, sourcing our products from around 20 countries, including China, USA, India and Hong Kong, as well as European countries such as Spain, France and Italy.
We understand that respecting human rights is ultimately our suppliers’ responsibility. However, as customers we recognise our involvement in ensuring that there are good working conditions for all workers, despite not owning the factories that supply our products.
We fully support the government’s objectives to eradicate modern slavery. To that end, the Company have agreed management responsibility for this statement with full endorsement from our Board members.
In order to mitigate the risk of slavery within our supply chain, Scotts & Co. are undertaking a number of initiatives to ensure our suppliers are aware of our expectations of business behaviour in respect of human rights and modern slavery:
- When considering new suppliers, due diligence relating to human rights will be addressed at tender stage.
- All new commercial agreements will be amended to reflect modern slavery legislation.
- Any suppliers found to be in breach of the Modern Slavery Act will be asked to take action to improve conditions; business relationships may be terminated if the required improvement is not forthcoming.
- All existing suppliers are being contacted in order to communicate our position and to insist that their practices do not contravene the Modern Slavery Act.
We will continue to focus on our supply chain as this is where we recognise many of the issues could potentially reside.
This statement is made in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Company’s modern slavery statement for the current financial year.