Mothercare Group Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement – FY15/16
This statement is made in line with our obligations under the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015. These obligations comprise releasing a statement, signed by a Director, which details the steps Mothercare Group has taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in our supply chains or in any part of our business, and making this statement available in a prominent position on our website. The statement refers to our financial year ending 26 March 2016.
At Mothercare we are committed to our Corporate Responsibility programme and our social and environmental commitments sit alongside our vision to be the leading global retailer for parents and young children. This statement will cover current work relating to human rights due diligence and will also refer to future project plans in line with the government’s guidance relating to the Act.
As set out by the Act, ‘modern slavery’ encompasses the offences of slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. As employers and providers of goods and services, we acknowledge that we have a role to play in eradicating modern forms of slavery as described in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We are committed to working with partners to understand and enhance the role we can play in this.
Mothercare Group Overview
Mothercare Group plc is a global retailer for parents and young children. Our iconic brands have a long history as specialist UK retailers, with Mothercare opening its first store in 1961 and Early Learning Centre in 1974. Both brands resonate well with customers the world over. Across our UK and International businesses, we now have circa 1,500 stores across nearly 60 countries, offering a range of products from both Mothercare and Early Learning Centre.
In the UK, Mothercare and Early Learning Centre products are sold through the Group’s own multi-channel (in-store and online) retail operations and via a smaller wholesale operation.
Our international partners operate across four regions: Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Our Franchise Partners operate through over 1,270 stores, approximately three million square feet of retail space and a small but growing online presence. In addition we have a developing wholesale business for territories where we do not have Franchise Partners.
Our vision is to be the leading global retailer for parents and young children and our strategy has six pillars:
- Become a digitally led business
- Supported by a modern retail estate and great service
- Offering style, quality and innovation in product
- Stabilise and recapture gross margin
- Running a lean organisation whilst investing for the future
- Expanding further internationally.
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