This statement is made pursuant to the relevant legislation (as listed in Annex 1 of this statement) of the territories in which Specsavers International Healthcare Limited and/or its subsidiary companies (Specsavers) operates in. This statement constitutes the slavery and human trafficking statement for Specsavers for its financial year 2020/2021. The board of directors of Specsavers have approved this statement.
Slavery remains a reality in the modern world and takes place across the globe, hidden from view. It can affect anyone, of any age, gender or nationality and is not restricted by borders. Specsavers is committed to acting responsibly and trading ethically, and ensuring that the people who make our products are safe, healthy and free from human right abuses.
During 2020/21 we have continued with our plans to broadening our understanding of modern slavery risks, strengthening our due diligence processes and increasing transparency of reporting, whilst also embedding knowledge and understanding of human rights across the Specsavers teams. Specsavers continues to focus and continually advances the business efforts in tackling Modern Slavery.
This is Specsavers’ Modern Slavery statement, which has been published in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act (2015). It follows on from our 2019/20 Modern Slavery statement and outlines our upcoming plans and commitments towards preventing and mitigating risks of modern slavery throughout our Specsavers business and supply chain.
Our business and supply chain
Specsavers International Healthcare Limited is the Guernsey registered parent company of the Specsavers Group. The Specsavers Group includes subsidiaries which are or support optical retail outlets, audiology stores and domiciliary partnerships throughout the UK, Republic of Ireland, Northern Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand as well as Specsavers group owned manufacturing and distribution sites.
Specsavers has 35,500 employees across Guernsey, UK, Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Hungary, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
As a retailer, the product supply chains are extensive and global; Specsavers source in excess of 3,500 products from more than 20 countries. The global Specsavers business, takes the obligations to combat modern slavery and to trade ethically very seriously, with a dedicated team of experts supporting risk assessment and due diligence activities.
As part of the Specsavers approach to global supply chain governance, Specsavers has developed monthly reporting tools, which enables the Directors to review results and identify risks in relation to modern slavery and ethical compliance, and to support continuous improvement activity. For example, the Procurement and Supply Chain Commerical Operations Director is responsible for reporting to the Specsavers Supply Chain Operating Board on implementation progress, supplier compliance and remediation activities on a monthly basis.
Regular onsite factory visits are conducted by key members of the Specsavers Supply Chain team which in turn, are reported to the supply chain operating board. This reporting is an opportunity to reinforce agreed due diligence processes, review progress against Specsavers commitments, escalate risks within and between categories and drive Specsavers vision to ensure the business remains committed to protecting and preserving the rights of all workers across our supply chain.
Training and awareness raising
Specsavers recognises the importance of training, raising awareness and embedding knowledge and understanding of human rights, ethical standards and risks across all the Specsavers business functions. In each of its retail outlets, whether optical or audiology reinforcement of the risks of modern slavery is given to all employees and partners. Through forming strong relationships and partnerships with suppliers, Specsavers continues to raise awareness and undertake discussions as to the continued implementation of preventative measures including audit processes, improved policies and agreeing on the standards expected.
During 2020 and 2021 we continued to invest in, and develop, the Specsavers team to ensure we have the appropriate skills and resource to deliver the Strategic Plans in relation to regulation and compliance. In particular:
- The Specsavers team completed 53 supplier audits, for suppliers across the product categories. These audits ensure compliance with our social and environmental standards and adherence to regulatory requirements, enabling long-lasting improvements to be achieved.
- Specsavers continues to keep policies and practices concerning anti-bribery updated.
- Continue the development of educational resources for both Specsavers suppliers and colleagues across the business to further increase knowledge of modern slavery issues and awareness.
- Specsavers has introduced regular detailed compliance reviews on supplier corrective actions, ensuring they are addressed and closed in a timely manner.
- We worked with suppliers to accept, where appropriate, audit reports which are equivalent to Specsavers standards i.e. SMETA.
Our 2021/22 plans
In 2021/22, the Specsavers partnership will:
- Review and refresh the global ethical trading policy.
- Enhance the risk measurement and management methods for suppliers and countries that Specsavers trades in, to ensure a robust and dynamic risk approach is taken and measured against.
- Enhance the business compliance audit approached based on the level of risk of the suppliers.
- Assess Specsavers audit criteria and process against internationally recognised standards with a view to enhancing the audits and where necessary increase or expand to the highest possible standard.
Increase the visibility of data to support the business category managers to have conversations with suppliers to ensure they understand the importance Specsavers places on preventing Modern Slavery.
Measuring our progress
Specsavers has committed to adhering to the following key performance indicators to measure the effectiveness of steps taken to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking in the Specsavers business:
- All scheduled audits completed.
- Declarations of conformity held for all core suppliers of goods for resale based in recognised regulatory environments
- A revised Anti-Bribery policy issued to and acknowledged by Specsavers suppliers and internal supply chain members.
- Regular board reporting on identified risks of modern slavery and ethical compliance.
The board of directors of Specsavers International Healthcare Limited have approved this statement.
Director, for and on behalf of SPECSAVERS INTERNATIONAL HEALTHCARE LIMITED