This statement is made by Farfetch UK Limited (“Farfetch”) pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and comprises the Company’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2018.
At Farfetch, our values are at the heart of everything we do and we use them as a guide to make decisions about what feels right for our business, our people, our customers and the partners we work with. One of our core values is ‘Be Human’, which means we look after other people, we embrace diversity and we help others to be successful. Our approach to the issue of Modern Slavery speaks to this value.
Farfetch is a technology platform for the global luxury fashion industry. We operate a global luxury digital marketplace connecting brands, retailers and consumers. We are a technology company at our core and have created a purpose-built platform for the luxury fashion industry.
The Farfetch Marketplace is the first and largest application built on our platform. As of 1 March 2019, the Farfetch Marketplace connected over 2.8 million Marketplace consumers in 190 countries to over 1,000 luxury sellers. Our Marketplace model and the aggregation of luxury sellers requires us to build and nurture relationships with hundreds of brands and boutiques from across the world.
We intend to regularly evaluate the impact of our business through our partnerships with brands and boutiques and take a collaborative approach to identifying risks and areas where we can work with our partners to build appropriate and effective solutions to combat modern slavery and protect workers’ rights. Furthermore, we recognise that as a marketplace and aggregator of fashion we are uniquely placed to lead, encourage and support ethical purchasing practices in our partner brands and boutiques and this is an area of focus that we have identified going forward over the coming years.
Business Operations and ‘Non-Stock’ Procurement
We have various suppliers (both direct and indirect) which support the running of our various business units including (but not limited to) logistics, cleaning, office management, technology and catering. We are currently in the process of developing a software tool that will standardise the procurement and supplier process. This tool will have the functionality to allow us to categorise direct suppliers and identify potential areas of focus / risk within our supply base. This will enable us to develop an approach to risk assessment for existing suppliers as well as begin to establish processes that we can undertake at the outset of any new sourcing activity.
Company Policies and Codes
Our Employee Code of Conduct (“Employee Code”) has been updated in order to embed certain policies relating to human rights. This will be communicated to all employees, consultants and freelancers that have been engaged by Farfetch (translated as necessary) and will form part of the employee contract process. As part of the roll-out of the new Code we have established a “Speak Up Line”, a whistleblowing process accessible to employees and certain external stakeholders (including vendors and suppliers) to ensure a clear and, where possible, confidential route for reporting any violations of the Code.
We are currently in the process of rolling out our Supplier Code of Conduct (“Supplier Code”). Based on internationally recognised standards and principles, our Supplier Code will set forth the behaviours, standards and practices we expect from our suppliers, their employees and sub-contractors.
Assessing Our Risks
Our Risk Oversight Group (“ROG”) classifies and monitors risk across Farfetch Group and allocates mitigation activities to the relevant teams. This process is undertaken with the participation of the executives who make up the ROG. Each member of the ROG leads a number of teams from across the business, including legal, finance, people, operations, technology and supply chain, each of which feed into this process. The ROG meets quarterly to report on our progress against our objectives for the year and reports into the Group Audit Committee, made up of Board members, with our CEO, CFO, General Counsel and Group Reporting Accountants in attendance. In 2019, modern slavery and our compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 will be brought within the scope of the ROG. This will ensure transparency across the Group as well as the full commitment of the executive in meeting our objectives for the year. We will continue to monitor this process and make adjustments where necessary to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of our approach to the risk of modern slavery within the Group.
The Farfetch Modern Slavery Statement 2018 was prepared by the General Counsel and the Director of Sustainability and approved on behalf of the Board of Directors of Farfetch UK Limited on 1 April 2019.
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