Modern Slavery Act 2015 – Christian Louboutin Statement
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1. Policy statement
Modern slavery is a criminal offence in the UK under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
Christian Louboutin fully adheres to the principles and fundamental rights outlined in both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and is committed to fighting all forms of slavery and human trafficking.
This document sets out the policy of Christian Louboutin with the aim of the prevention of opportunities for modern slavery to occur within its businesses or supply chain. It will be reviewed regularly and may be amended from time to time.
2. Our structure
Christian Louboutin is a luxury fashion brand of footwear, handbags, small leather goods and accessories for men and women. Christian Louboutin has over 1600 employees worldwide.
This statement is made by Christian Louboutin Suisse SA, CL International SA and Christian Louboutin UK Limited which are part of the Christian Louboutin group of companies. These three companies supply or distribute Christian Louboutin products in the UK.
3. Steps for the prevention of modern slavery
At Christian Louboutin we have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains.
We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chain, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, and as part of our contracting processes, we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children, and we require our suppliers and their suppliers to hold the same high standards.
Whilst we are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain we recognize that we do not control the conduct of individuals and organisations in our supply chains. Accordingly, our anti-slavery and human trafficking policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and sets out the steps we intend implementing to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our supply chains.
Since 2019, all suppliers involved on our supply chain (finished products, raw materials, components) have been required to adhere to a Code of Business Ethics, which include strict requirements regarding social and environmental sustainability, as well as anti-corruption obligations. In case of sub-contracting, we require that our suppliers ensure that their own suppliers must adhere to the same obligations. Christian Louboutin reserves the right to check adherence to these principles and to conduct compliance audits at any time without notice. In the event of a violation of the Code of Business Ethics and depending on the nature of the violation, Christian Louboutin will either terminate the relationship with the supplier or work with the supplier to implement corrective action to remedy the non-compliance.
4. Applicable policies
Christian Louboutin has implemented various policies which underline the commitment of the group to ensure the protection of human rights. These policies include:
- Code of Business Ethics
- Whistleblowing Policy
- Anti-bribery code
- Health and Safety Policies
- Employee Handbook.
5. Responsibility for the policy
Ultimate responsibility for the prevention of modern slavery rests with each of the company that approved this statement in relation to their own activity and their directors have overall responsibility for ensuring this policy and its implementation comply with their legal and ethical obligations.
6. Actions to report modern slavery or human trafficking
Our employees are encouraged to raise concerns with their managers about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any parts of our business or supply chains of any supplier tier at the earliest possible stage.
Members of the public or people not employed by Christian Louboutin to write, in confidence, to the Group General Counsel at 19, rue Jean Jacques Rousseau Paris 75001 France to raise any concern, issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any part of our business or related supply chain. Whilst we will take seriously any concerns raised anonymously anyone raising a complaint is encouraged to put their names to allegations to help with our investigations.
We aim to encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken. We are committed to ensuring no one suffers any detrimental treatment as a result of reporting in good faith their suspicion that modern slavery of whatever form is or may be taking place in any part of our own business or in any of our supply chains. Detrimental treatment includes dismissal, disciplinary action, threats or other unfavourable treatment connected with raising a concern.
7. Communication and enforcement
Our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery must be communicated to all suppliers, contractors and business partners at the outset of our business relationship with them and reinforced as appropriate thereafter.
The present statement covers the period from September 1st, 2019 until August 31st, 2020 in accordance with our financial year and has been duly approved by the Board of Directors of Christian Louboutin Suisse SA, CL International SA and Christian Louboutin UK Limited and signed by Mr. Alexis Mourot in his capacity of Directeur of Christian Louboutin Suisse SA and CL International SA and Director of Christian Louboutin UK Limited on March 31st, 2021.