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Combating modern slavery

45.8 million people are enslaved globally, 11,700 of which are believed to be in the UK, according to the Global Slavery Index 2016.

They are enslaved through human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, forced or servile marriage, or commercial sexual exploitation.

Lush are committed to helping abolishing modern slavery and human trafficking in any way that we can. It is a grim reality of today’s world, and often goes hidden, so we also wholeheartedly accept our responsibility to be ever-alert to the risks.

If you’ve shopped with us before, you’ve probably come to expect certain things from Lush. Firstly: glitter. But also that we will put people at the heart of everything we do and only work with those who share the same values as us.

What this also means is that, in line with the UK Modern Slavery Act (2015), we will tell you upfront the steps that we take to prevent modern slavery practices from happening. As with any highly complex topic, there’s a statement to read (it includes some wordy bits; we’re glad they were the legal team’s job).

So stick the kettle on and peruse the full statement here: The full statement

Too long; didn't read?

If you’re commuting (or just easily distracted) here’s a small handful of the important bits:

. Our suppliers get homework - a questionnaire including a detailed section on labour rights and employment practices

. If a supplier doesn’t share our values, we’ll work to see if we can influence their practices and if not, we’ll end the relationship.

. Whistleblowers are a-ok in our books and their anonymity will be protected.

. The work to end slavery will never be over, so we’ll continue to review the steps we take and add further ones whenever and wherever needed.

Ps. If you’ve got any questions on the tip of your tongue, don’t leave them hanging there! Please drop us a message at [email protected] and we’ll do our very best to answer it pronto. Thank you.

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