Modern Slavery Act 2015

This statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the activities that Fresh-op Group has taken during its financial year ending 31 December 2018 to mitigate potential risks of slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking (collectively “Modern Slavery”) in any part of its business or supply chain.

A reputation for high standards and quality 

We set ourselves high standards for quality and precision, and also apply these standards when selecting partners to collaborate with. We respect our agreements and are loyal to our commitments – both towards each other, our customers and partners. We take responsibility for our actions. 

Working conditions that are marked by respect are our top priority: This means we foster a working environment that is free from discrimination and harassment, and in which each person is treated equally, regardless of their sex, age, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality or physical abilities. For us, this is a matter of course. In order to maintain this environment of trust, we implement efficient systems that we constantly improve, such as a whistle-blowing hotline and targeted training programmes. These measures enable us to create transparency within our company. In combination with suitable monitoring systems, we are able to ensure that Modern Slavery does not take place within our company or in any of the companies along our supply chain. 

We work with strong partners: Fresh-op suppliers support the responsible sourcing of raw materials. The sourcing and/or use of materials that have been obtained with the aid of illegal, unethical or unacceptable methods is forbidden. The majority of our watch suppliers have published Modern Slavery transparency statements and/or are members of the Responsible Jewellery Council. 

We strive to act ethically in everything that we do: The use of raw materials such as conflict diamonds that are subject to embargoes or import restrictions is strictly prohibited. The Fresh-op  Group does not purchase gemstones or gold directly from mines. Most suppliers adhere to the principles set out by the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) and its Blue Book and/or are members of the Responsible Jewellery Council. 

We implement a detection system for infringements: The Fresh-op Group is not aware of any instances of Modern Slavery within the company or the supply chain. 

We will also be taking responsibility in the future: fresh-op will also take further steps to prevent Modern Slavery in the Group and supply chain in the future. A code of conduct is already planned, and will be implemented both within the Group and along the supply chain. In addition, we will ensure that we implement due diligence measures for supply chain companies more systematically.