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People

We are striving to have a more positive impact on the planet and its people. When we consider how we can be more responsible, we often focus on our environmental impact but it’s also the people who make things happen – and they matter.

As we know, global supply chains are complex and can lead to exploitative working conditions for the most vulnerable. This is why we take our responsibility seriously in protecting human rights, and maintaining fair labour standards and safe working conditions.

SUPPLY CHAINS AND MODERN SLAVERY

We source our materials and manufacture our products through a carefully selected network of global suppliers, many of which we have worked with for a number of years. As of 2021, we are working with 88 first-tier factory sites which we have selected based on our shared commitment to safe and fair working conditions and empowering people to know their rights and responsibilities.

We’re continually working to ensure modern slavery is not taking place across our business. More about our supply chain and key sourcing countries can be found in our Modern Slavery Statement, which is published annually.

THE MODERN SLAVERY ACT

OUR POLICIES AND CODES OF CONDUCT

Reflecting industry best practice, our policies have been developed with the view of respecting, protecting and remedying the human and labour rights of all those who work on our behalf. They inform how we approach ethical trading, uphold human rights, and environmental and animal welfare. At a minimum, our supplier partners are required to adhere to our Code of Conduct and related policies.

Supplier Code of Conduct:
details the minimum social and environmental standards we expect each supplier partner to meet.


Migrant Workers Employment Policy:
requires suppliers to protect the rights and welfare of those most vulnerable to exploitation and modern slavery.


Young Workers and Child Labour Policy:
prohibits the recruitment of child workers in our supply chains.

“At Whistles, our people are at the heart of our business. We are proud to have a team that is so engaged with our brand values and that helps to shape many of our initiatives.

We run regular workshops for our teams with a focus on both physical and mental wellbeing, from support with nutrition and sleep to self-care advice. We also host guest speaker events on a range of well-being topics and partner with The Retail Trust for a range of support services.”


Claire Healy, Head of HR

INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY

Our people have always been at the heart of what we do, however, the events of last year showed us we need to do more on diversity and inclusion.

We want to be transparent about what we are working on – from recruitment and training and supporting our employees to our brand representation. Find out more about the initiatives we are developing in our Inclusion and Diversity Statement.

OUR INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY STATEMENT

GENDER PAY GAP REPORT

We remain committed to equal pay for equal work and equal opportunity for all. We are working to ensure that all employees, irrespective of gender, receive the financial and non-financial rewards and recognition they deserve. Discover our full report below.

OUR GENDER PAY GAP REPORT

CHARITY

We take a stand for things we believe in via our charity initiatives, giving back when we can. For instance, did you know that members of our team trekked through the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco with Trekstock, or that we host a regular book club with pay-what-you-can ticket donations to a variety of charities?

CHARITY

WELLBEING

Our business relies on our people and how we treat them matters. We aspire to approach all of our teams with the respect they deserve, and we are always looking for ways to improve and support our people.

We are committed to prioritising our employee’s wellbeing via a host of initiatives – from enabling learning and development to encouraging health and fitness.

WHISTLES WELLBEING