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Smyths Toys is one of the UK’s leading specialist retailers of toys, software and nursery products. In the UK, we operate via approximately 100 retail stores as well as through our online website. The products sold by Smyths Toys are sourced from a wide range of UK, European and international suppliers.
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. As such, we take great care in selecting our business partners. We aim to buy products from suppliers and factories which can demonstrate an awareness of, and comply with, appropriate social and ethical standards and who can demonstrate compliance with relevant local legislation. We undertake all reasonable and practical steps to ensure that our expected standards are being implemented throughout the businesses of our suppliers. These include requiring signed assurances around anti-slavery compliance at supplier on-boarding stage. We also require our suppliers to submit to third- party ethical audits to confirm minimum factory standards with regard to health and safety, wages, working hours, working conditions and labour laws. Our standard contractual documents include terms requiring suppliers to implement procedures to ensure that there is no slavery present in their business and to notify us on becoming aware of any actual or suspected slavery or human trafficking within their own supply chains.
Within the financial year ending 31 December 2018, we have taken some additional steps towards prevention of modern slavery in our supply chains. In recognition of the fact that an increased level of due diligence is required in certain locations, we have introduced new requirements around unannounced factory inspections for suppliers operating in higher-risk manufacturing locations. We are continuing to examine any areas where we may be vulnerable to the risk of modern slavery and will take on-going action to strengthen our processes where appropriate.
This statement is made on behalf of Smyths Toys HQ UC, Smyths Toys UK Limited and Smyths Toys NI Limited pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our Group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2018.
Date: 25th March 2019