Adopting fair and ethical labour practices and promoting human rights is central to our reputation and on-going success. We require our business partners to adhere to the high standards we set ourselves.
In common with accepted good practice, Richemont’s Supplier Code of Conduct includes an endorsement of International Labour Organisation Conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other internationally recognised labour practice standards.
The Code covers the following areas:
The Maisons have developed their sourcing strategies to take into account the risks of suppliers, or their supplier’s supplier, failing to meet the Group’s expectations. This is particularly the case for child labour and forced labour risks, which are assessed as part of the supplier qualification process. Supplier-screening data are not disclosed. The audit of suppliers is described elsewhere in this report. In addition, the RJC Code of Practices certification processes undertaken by Richemont’s Maisons, which together represent some 75 % of the Group’s sales, require compliance with the RJC’s standards relating to human rights.
|Maison||Financial year of RJC certification||Percentage of Group sales represented by certified Maisons|
|Cartier||2010/11||Less than 50 %|
|Van Cleef & Arpels, Baume & Mercier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, Vacheron Constantin, Montblanc.||2011/12||More than 25 %|
|Cumulative total||Some 75 %|
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 - Corporate Disclosure
On 1 January 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) went into effect in the State of California. This law was designed to increase the amount of information made available by manufacturers and retailers regarding their efforts to address the issue of slavery and human trafficking, thereby allowing consumers to make better, more informed choices regarding the products they buy and the companies they choose to support.
Richemont is opposed to slavery and human trafficking and desires that its supply chain to be free of these scourges. Richemont’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee (‘CSR Committee’) has the internal responsibility for evaluating this area and, with the full support of the Maisons, has evaluated the Group’s supply chain activities.
The CSR Committee has developed and disseminated its Group Supplier Code of Conduct, which sets out Richemont’s approach in this area and provides guidance to our suppliers and business partners regarding responsible sourcing. The Code of Conduct includes an endorsement of the International Labour Organisation Conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Among other issues, the Code of Conduct specifically forbids the use of forced or involuntary labour of any kind, including employment of people under the age of 15 or before they have completed compulsory education. The Code of Conduct includes an Acknowledgment of Terms that requires, among other things, identification of the individual responsible for the supplier’s compliance, procedures in place to meet the Code of Conduct, any discrepancies between the supplier’s operations and the Code of Conduct, and any similar policy used by the supplier.
Richemont also monitors on-going compliance and adherence of suppliers to its standards related to slavery and human trafficking. In particular, the Maisons have initiated third-party audits of their suppliers in recent years. During 2011/12, approximately 75 external supplier audits were carried out across Richemont’s Maisons. Richemont does not record the percentage of ‘surprise’ audits or disclose the specific results of its audits. The audits may be announced or unannounced. Where concerns related to the Supplier Code of Conduct have been identified, Richemont has held its suppliers accountable through dialogue and follow-up audits. For more information on Richemont’s audit efforts, see the case studies below.
Richemont, through its involvement in the Responsible Jewellery Council (‘RJC’), also seeks to ensure compliance with the RJC’s standards relating to slavery and human trafficking. The RJC was established in 2005 to promote responsible ethical sourcing, human rights, social and environmental practices in the gold and diamond supply chains.
The RJC’s certification process is rigorous, including independent, third-party audits regarding the member’s compliance with human rights standards. The RJC has grown to include more than 375 members, from miners to retailers. All of the Richemont Maisons who are members of the RJC (Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Baume & Mercier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, Vacheron Constantin and Montblanc) have been audited by an accredited third-party to verify compliance with the RJC’s Code of Practices, thereby obtaining RJC certification. Many Richemont suppliers are also members of the RJC and complete their own RJC certification. Additional information on the RJC can be obtained here.
Richemont and its Maisons have also taken specific steps to increase employee awareness and compliance regarding slavery and human trafficking issues. Richemont’s Corporate Social Responsibility Guidelines, which articulate the standards Richemont expects its managers, employees and suppliers to uphold, specifically articulate Richemont’s zero-tolerance policy regarding forced labour. Richemont’s Maisons have undertaken specific training programmes regarding supply chain issues. For instance, Alfred Dunhill has incorporated training on responsible sourcing into its standard training brochures.
For more information on Richemont’s commitment to eradicate and prevent slavery and trafficking in its supply chains, visit the Supply Chain Management page.