Society of Lifestyle has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery both within our own organisation and throughout our supply chain. Our approach as well as this policy is based on a profound respect for fundamental human rights as set out in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ILO Conventions and aims to protect the human rights within our sphere of influence – and in particular in terms of elimination of forced labour/modern slavery and child labour.
The policy applies to the Society of Lifestyle organisation as well as all suppliers, direct and indirect, and we require all partners to take on the same zero-tolerance approach as demonstrated by Society of Lifestyle. We further expect all suppliers to conduct own and support regular assessments to identify potential impacts, and to be transparent about any findings that might occur, and appropriate remediation initiated.
What is modern slavery?
Moderns Slavery can take several forms, all of which are strictly prohibited in the Society of Lifestyle supply chains. Modern slavery covers:
- Forced and compulsory labour
- Debt bondage and bonded labour
- Human Trafficking
As defined in ILO Convention No. 29, forced or compulsory labour is “all work or service which is exacted from any person under the threat of a penalty and for which the person has not offered himself or herself voluntarily.”
This definition consists of three elements:
- Work or service refers to all types of work occurring in any activity, industry or sector including in the informal economy.
- Menace of any penalty refers to a wide range of penalties used to compel someone to work.
- Involuntariness: The terms “offered voluntarily” refer to the free and informed consent of a worker to take a job and his or her freedom to leave at any time. This is not the case for example when an employer or recruiter makes false promises so that a worker takes a job he or she would not otherwise have accepted. (Source: ILO)
Someone is considered to be in slavery in any case that they are:
- forced to work or controlled by an ’employer’, through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse.
- dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’
- physically constrained or have restrictions placed on their freedom of movement.
Society of Lifestyle condemns all forms of exploiting people and forcing them into slavery and will through due diligence, assessments and transparency control that slavery does not occur in our joint supply chain.
When agreeing to this document and signing the CoC, the supplier confirms that there are no forms of slavery in the supplier’s close operations and that appropriate due diligence is carried out to assure this in the future as well. The supplier also agrees to join Society of Lifestyle in the prevention of any form of slavery in our supply chain.