Modern Slavery Statement
This statement relates to the financial year from March 2017 to February 2018.
A successful global clothing retailer, at T.M.Lewin we run our business responsibly. We are committed to understanding modern slavery risks across the organisation and to ensuring that there is no modern slavery in our business or our supply chain. We work hard to respect the human rights of everyone we work with and to maintain the highest ethical standards.
Founded in 1898 when Thomas Mayes Lewin (T.M.Lewin) opened his first shop in Jermyn Street in London, our company has a long history. T.M.Lewin now has just under 100 stores in the UK, with new stores opening in countries across the world.
We trade in Europe, Australia, South East Asia, US and Africa and our suppliers are based in Europe and across Asia. T.M.Lewin has a responsibility to be alert to and respond to risks associated with modern slavery in these locations.
We take this responsibility seriously, ensuring all factories and suppliers that we work with are audited by an independent third party. These audits comply with the international industry standards set by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The main aims of the ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues, including Modern Slavery.
All new suppliers are rigorously checked at T.M.Lewin. They are required to produce an independent audit report covering key areas such as Health and Safety, working hours and practices and child labour which comply with ILO standards. Where no report exists, T.M.Lewin will commission an independent third party audit before commencing work with the supplier. All suppliers must agree to T.M.Lewin’s comprehensive audit programme as part of the terms and conditions agreement to work with T.M.Lewin.
Audit programmes highlight good working practices as well as areas of concern. T.M.Lewin investigates all areas of non-compliance with suppliers, working with them to agree and deliver immediate action to address all issues. We will terminate a supplier agreement where non-compliance is not rectified.
We are committed to maintaining a high level of understanding of and managing the risks of modern slavery in our supply chain and across the wider T.M.Lewin business. This statement has been approved by the Board of Directors at T.M.Lewin.
Geoff Quinn - Chief Executive Officer, T.M.Lewin