Transparency Statement - At Chilly’s, we respect human rights and do not tolerate any form of modern slavery.
We recognise that no supply chain is without risk of modern slavery and it is our responsibility to ensure we understand these risks and work in partnership with our suppliers to identify and mitigate them.
This statement has been published in accordance with the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 which requires businesses to disclose the steps they are taking to tackle slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking (known as modern slavery).
Chilly’s Bottles Limited (Chilly’s) is committed to preventing acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within its business and supply chain and imposes the same high standards on its suppliers. Our statement includes six areas outlined by the legislation and takes into account guidance issued by the Home Office.
Responding to COVID-19
The current pandemic presents a huge challenge to society, to business and to all our colleagues, customers and suppliers; and will have a dramatic impact on demand and our supply chains. At the time of publication, we still yet to understand the full scale of this impact, but we remain committed to supporting our communities, including our suppliers, and to ensuring the ongoing health and safety of all our colleagues and customers.
Chilly’s is an online E Commerce company incorporated in England and Wales with Head Office registered in London.
Chilly’s mission is to accelerate the adoption and everyday use of reusable products and it is a leader in reusable water bottles and related products. We aim to do this through creating products for an active urban lifestyle, with the perfect balance of distinctive style and unrivalled performance.
We employ 40+ people. We have millions of customers through our websites and distribution channel.
The Business Structure & Supply Chain
Chilly’s primarily operates as an online business worldwide.
To find out more about the nature of our business, please visit our website: www.chillysbottles.com
In order to produce our reusable water bottles and related products, we work with a range of suppliers. The products we sell are sourced globally from the UK, Europe and China. The map shows location of production sites by continent based on data disclosed to us by suppliers.
There are more indirect suppliers in our extended supply chain, including suppliers of raw materials and components used in the products we sell and buy. We also source goods and services not for resale (GNFR) in the UK and Europe.
Our Policies in relation to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
Chilly’s has established Ethical Trading Policy including Ethical and Environmental Sourcing Policy which addresses such matters as: child labour; modern slavery or forced labour; and human trafficking. This policy also includes other related matters such as safety and environmental policies.
As part of our commitment to combating modern slavery, we have begun work on the design and implementation of a policy designed to combat modern slavery as part of a suite of policies which will form part of a wider code of conduct applicable to employees and suppliers.
We make sure our suppliers are aware of our policies and adhere to the same high standards and services not for resale (GNFR) in the UK and Europe.
Embedding our policies into procurement
We have begun work to embed the requirements of our policies, guidelines and supply chain standards into our procurement processes in a number of ways. This includes:
• Potential new suppliers are informed our requirements on compliance during supplier qualification validation stage.
• Our supply contract includes clauses on compliance to our ethical audit requirements.
• Our supply chain team review compliance reports before any vendor is offered.
• We request our suppliers to be SEDEX audited wherever possible.
Our whistleblowing policy and procedures enable staff and suppliers to report any concerns, including concerns over modern slavery and human rights violations.
Our Due Diligence in relation to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in our supply chains
Being an online ecommerce operating company, Chilly’s outsource a number of functions for both goods and services. We recognise that our most significant human rights and modern slavery risks are in our supply chain. We continue to roll out programmes of ethical audits for high-risk production site both home and abroad. We aim to request each production site identified as high-risk is required to have a SMETA or equivalent at least once every or two years.
Our due diligence processes
As part of our efforts to monitor and reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring within our supply chains, we operate a due diligence process in relation to the Modern Slavery Act whereby we undertake steps including overseas site inspection and third party audits of the factories, warehouses and tied accommodation operated by our suppliers.
Our procedures are designed to:
• Establish and assess areas of potential risk in our business and supply chains
• Monitor potential risk areas in our business and supply chains
• Reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our business and supply chains
• Provide adequate protection for whistleblowers
Our effectiveness, measures and performance indicators
Chilly’s is committed to measuring how successful we are being in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains and will report on this is future years.
We are considering the appointment of an external party to conduct an independent review of our businesses and supply chains, and to recommend further actions we can take to combat slavery and human trafficking from within our supply chain.
Risk and Compliance
Chilly’s regularly evaluates the nature and extent of its exposure to the risk of modern slavery occurring in its supply chain by developing and implementing a comprehensive range of policies including Ethical Trading Responsible Sourcing, whistle blowing.
Given that our products are largely produced in China, we accept that we operate in a high risk location. To combat this potential risk, we have relied on third party audits of suppliers to ensure that suppliers engaged by us are aware of and do not engage in modern slavery.
We ensure all our suppliers are aligned with our policies in relation to modern slavery. We enforce a strict code of compliance and do not tolerate slavery and human trafficking within our supply chains. For example, we have refused to contract with companies that cannot demonstrate compliance by producing independent third party audits. If we find evidence of a failure to comply with our policy we would immediately seek to terminate our relationship with the relevant supplier.
We will be investing in educating our staff to recognise
the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in
our business and supply chains. Through our training programmes, employees will be encouraged to identify and report any potential breaches of our anti-slavery and human trafficking policy.
The programme will emphasise the benefits of stringent measures to tackle slavery and human trafficking, as well as the consequences of failing to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from our business and supply chains.
our supply chain.
This statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Chilly’s Bottles Limited’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year commencing 1 August 2019 and ending 31 July 2020.
This statement was approved by the Board on 12.03.2021