RESPONSIBLE SOURCING

RAG is committed to building a business which sources products in an ethical and socially responsible manner.

To this end, RAG has developed a Responsible Sourcing Policy (’Rule of 10’) which sets out our core values. These values are integral to how RAG does business and we expect our suppliers and sourcing agents to respect and promote these values in their factories throughout the world.

Core to these values are prohibition of child labour and forced labour, prohibition of harassment, payment of legal minimum wage, provision of a healthy and safe working environment, freedom of association and collective bargaining and compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries in which the factories operate.

In addition, by signing up to the policy, suppliers and sourcing agents must agree not to use prohibited raw materials (Uzbekistan cotton, AZO dyes and Angora), and prohibitive garment treatments (sandblasting) in any of our products.

RAG acknowledges that sourcing products in an ethically and social responsible manner will involve a long road of continuous improvement, but we have started along that road and are committed to the journey.

All new suppliers and sourcing agents are required to confirm their understanding of and commitment to the Rule of 10 as part of the onboarding process.

Scheduled audits by independent third party auditors coupled with random unannounced audits are designed to ensure that suppliers understand and adhere to the Rule of 10.

Where suppliers are found to be in breach of the Rule of 10, but RAG believes that the breach can be remedied, RAG works with the supplier to ensure that corrective action is taken and improvements are made.

In FY20, 100% of our factories were covered by an independent 3rd party audit and 20% of our factories received a random, unannounced audit.