Jimmy Choo is committed to improving working conditions for workers both under its direct operations and across its value chain. Jimmy Choo's shoes and accessories are all made in Europe, and in particular in Italy, where factories and tanneries are subject to mandatory legislative requirements. Jimmy Choo already expects its suppliers and sub-suppliers to include clauses combatting child labour in their contracts.
In the event that Jimmy Choo identifies working conditions which do not meet its minimum standards, the Group will work closely with suppliers to improve their performance. Further efforts are being made to widen the scope to include anti-slavery provisions for workers.
UK MODERN SLAVERY ACT 2015
In 2017, Jimmy Choo will produce its first Modern Slavery Statement in line with the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. This will be made available at www.jimmychooplc.com.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
The Management of the Company recognises the promotion of health and safety measures and practices as a mutual objective for Management and employees at all levels.
It is the policy of the Company to do all that is reasonable to prevent personal injury and damage to property and to protect everyone from foreseeable work hazards, including the general public in so far as they may come into contact with the Company or its products.
The Company fully recognises its responsibility to:
1. Provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, taking into account any statutory requirements.
2. Provide training and instruction enabling employees to perform their work safely and efficiently.
3. Maintain a constant and continuing interest in health and safety matters applicable to the Company's activities and for its Management to set an example in safe behaviour.
Details of the Company's whistleblowing procedures are included in the Governance section of the Annual Report, available at www.jimmychooplc.com.
As part of our continued commitment to a positive social impact, we have implemented Volunteer Days in 2017. We invite employees to undertake one paid day of volunteering per calendar year in order for them to make a positive contribution to their community.
By providing our employees with an opportunity to devote their time making a positive impact within an organisation of their choice, we give them a beneficial, rewarding and energising experience whilst also potentially developing professional skills in a challenging environment. In return, the groups we partner with benefit from using the expertise of our employees to make a sustainable difference to the organisation and communities they serve.
THE JIMMY CHOO FOUNDATION
The Jimmy Choo Foundation was established in 2011 to focus upon the empowerment of women and improving their quality of life through education and enterprise.
There is growing recognition that economic, moral and social progress is achieved by giving women the means to contribute to, and be included in, the global economy. According to the United Nations Development Programme, there is clear evidence that bringing women into the economy helps to raise economic productivity, reduce infant mortality, contribute to improved health and increase the chances of education for the next generation. Simply put, progress is achieved through women.
The Jimmy Choo Foundation addresses the most common barriers faced by women in developing economies. In order to maximise our efforts and impact, The Jimmy Choo Foundation has partnered with the global organisation Care International (“Care”), in particular their lendwithcare initiative. Founded in 1945, Care is one of the largest and most established humanitarian aid organisations focused on fighting global poverty. Launched in 2010 and operating in more than 11 countries, lendwithcare is Care’s ground breaking programme which supports some of the world’s poorest women, enabling them to lift themselves out of poverty with pride and dignity. Lendwithcare provides female entrepreneurs with access to credit, education and financial tools, encouraging them to develop the confidence that comes with building a successful enterprise.
Since 2010, lendwithcare has benefitted 20,000 women in developing countries though the provision of loans and business training. The impact of lendwithcare’s investment is multiplied by these women as the benefits are extended to the world around them, creating better lives for their families and building stronger communities. The Jimmy Choo Foundation, in partnership with lendwithcare, has set a goal of supporting more than 8,000 people in developing countries by 2019.
Funding for The Jimmy Choo Foundation comes from corporate donations and fundraising initiatives coordinated by employees of Jimmy Choo. The Trustees are Pierre Denis, Sandra Choi, Hannah Merritt and Jonathan Sinclair.
During 2016, The Jimmy Choo Foundation and Jimmy Choo employees helped to fund 1,049 entrepreneurs through the partnership with Care and lendwithcare.
Whilst Lendwithcare is the primary beneficiary of The Jimmy Choo Foundation, Jimmy Choo still actively pursues and supports local charities in markets where this is established practice and undertakes frequent charity events in which a proportion of the sales are donated to a local charity. These events, particularly in the USA, allow Jimmy Choo to connect with the community and to deliver on our values of contributing to the communities which we serve.
Total charitable donations by the Group in 2016 amounted to £0.2m.