California Transparency in Supply Chain Act and UK Modern Slavery Act
Dutch does not tolerate slavery, human trafficking, forced labor, and child labor in its supply chain. Dutch Apparel, LLC (“Dutch”), through its policies and compliance programs, requires that suppliers abide by standards to ensure that suppliers provide for a safe and healthy working environment. Our suppliers are expected to adhere to the requirements in Dutch Social Responsibility – Vendor and Factory Guide and Dutch Vendor Guide for Finished Goods, including compliance with all relevant and applicable laws and regulations of the country in which workers are employed.
Does Dutch make third-party verification(s) to evaluate and address human trafficking and slavery risks in product supply chains?
Dutch evaluates and addresses human trafficking and slavery risks in its product supply chains. Suppliers sign off on their receipt of and compliance with Dutch Social Responsibility – Vendor and Factory Guide and Dutch Vendor Guide for Finished Goods. In turn, the supplier agrees to Dutch making both announced and unannounced audits by third-parties. Our departments that deal directly or indirectly with vendors, suppliers and sub-contractors are tasked with investigating internal or third-party reports of this nature.
Does Dutch Retail LLC conducts audits of suppliers to evaluate supplier compliance with company standards for trafficking and slavery?
Dutch audits its suppliers through the use of a reputable independent third party auditor to check for compliance with company standards for trafficking and slavery in compliance with SB657.
Does Dutch obtain certification from its direct suppliers that materials incorporated into its products comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking of the country in which they are doing business?
We require every vendor to sign and acknowledge The Collected Code of Conduct which, among other things, contains certifications that the materials incorporated into goods provided to the company comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking.
Does Dutch maintain internal accountability standards and procedures for employees or contractors failing to meet company standards regarding slavery and trafficking?
Dutch compliance program is reviewed annually or more frequently as needed. We keep records of audit results and follow up on corrective action to ensure compliance. Our compliance team is in regular communication with sourcing, including reporting severe issues with a supplier’s compliance level. We have zero tolerance for use of forced labor, including slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain, and if identified, that supplier would be subject to disciplinary actions including immediate remediation and possible termination of business.
Does Dutch provide its company employees and management, who have direct responsibility for supply chain management, with training on mitigating the risks of slavery and trafficking in supply chains?
We provide internal training and education to employees and management who are directly responsible for supply chain management, including the definition and identification of slavery, human trafficking, debt bondage, forced labor, and child labor and how to respond appropriately.