SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
SPECIALIZED DISCLOSURE REPORT
URBAN OUTFITTERS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation or organization)
|5000 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA||19112|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip code)|
Francis J. Conforti
Chief Financial Officer
(Name and telephone number, including area code, of the person to contact in connection with this report.)
Check the appropriate box to indicate the rule pursuant to which this form is being filed, and provide the period to which the information in this form applies:
|☒||Rule 13p-1 under the Securities Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13p-1) for the reporting period from January 1 to December 31, 2017.|
Section 1 Conflict Minerals Disclosure
Item 1.01. Conflict Minerals Disclosure and Report.
In accordance with Rule 13p-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Conflict Minerals Report for the calendar year ended December 31, 2017 filed herewith as Exhibit 1.01, is available on Urban Outfitters, Inc.s website at www.urbn.com/investor-relations (click on the Conflict Minerals Report link in the Responsible Sourcing section of the website). The information contained on Urban Outfitters, Inc.s website is not incorporated by reference into this Form SD or its Conflict Minerals Report and should not be considered part of this Form SD or the Conflict Minerals Report.
Item 1.02. Exhibit.
The Conflict Minerals Report required by Item 1.01 is filed herewith as Exhibit 1.01. See Item 2.01 below.
Section 2 Exhibits
Item 2.01. Exhibits.
Exhibit 1.01 Conflict Minerals Report.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the duly authorized undersigned.
Urban Outfitters, Inc.
|Francis J. Conforti||(Date)|
|Chief Financial Officer|
Conflict Minerals Report of URBAN OUTFITTERS, INC.
In accordance with Rule 13p-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
This is the Conflict Minerals Report of Urban Outfitters, Inc. (Urban Outfitters, we, us or our) for the calendar year ended December 31, 2017 in accordance with Rule 13p-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Form SD (collectively, the Conflict Minerals Rule). As used in this report, consistent with the Conflict Minerals Rule, 3TG means columbite-tantalite (coltan), cassiterite, gold, wolframite and the derivatives tantalum, tin, and tungsten.
The intent of this Conflict Minerals Report (CMR) is to describe the measures Urban Outfitters has taken to exercise due diligence on the source and chain of custody of certain minerals in our products manufactured during the 2017 calendar year.
Urban Outfitters offers lifestyle-oriented general merchandise and consumer products and services through a portfolio of global consumer brands comprised of Anthropologie, Bhldn, Free People, Terrain and Urban Outfitters brands and its Food and Beverage division. Urban Outfitters also operates a Wholesale segment under the Free People and Anthropologie brands that sells its products through department and specialty stores worldwide, customer websites and its Retail segment.
Urban Outfitters contracts to manufacture products that may contain 3TG specifically gold and tin such as apparel, footwear, accessories, home furnishings and electronics. As these materials are necessary to its products, Urban Outfitters is dedicated to tracing the origin of these metals to ensure its sourcing practices do not support conflict or human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or an adjoining country (together with the DRC, the Covered Countries). Urban Outfitters does not, to the best of its knowledge, do any direct business with any smelters or refiners (SORs) of 3TG. As a downstream company (as such term is defined in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Developments Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas and accompanying Supplements (the OECD Guidance)),1 Urban Outfitters must rely on its suppliers to provide accurate, reliable information about 3TG in its supply chain.
|2.||Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry Information|
As required by the Conflict Minerals Rule, Urban Outfitters conducted a reasonable country of origin inquiry or RCOI in 2017. We designed our RCOI in good faith to determine the origin of 3TG that is necessary to the functionality or production of products that we contract to manufacture. To the extent applicable, we used the same processes and procedures for our RCOI as we used for our due diligence efforts (in particular Steps One and Two of the OECD Guidance, which are discussed in Section 3(b) of this CMR).
To conduct the RCOI, Urban Outfitters engaged its Tier 1 suppliers (Suppliers) to collect information regarding the presence and sourcing of 3TG used in the products supplied to Urban Outfitters using the Responsible Minerals Initiatives (RMI) Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT). Information was collected and stored using an online platform provided by a third-party service provider (the Service Provider). Our Supplier engagement included the following steps:
|||We sent an introductory email to our Suppliers describing our Conflict Minerals Compliance Program and introducing our Service Provider as our partner in this process. Our Service Provider then emailed our Suppliers requesting information regarding the sourcing of our Suppliers materials, with the ultimate goal of identifying 3TG SORs and associated mine countries of origin.|
|||Our Suppliers were also provided access to the Conflict Minerals Supplier Resource Center (https://conflictmineralresources.com), an educational tool provided by our Service Provider to facilitate a deeper understanding of our Conflict Minerals Compliance Program, supporting regulation and frequently asked questions concerning 3TG tracing.|
|||Following the initial introduction to the program and information request, up to four reminder emails were sent to each non-responsive Supplier.|
|1||OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, Supplement on Tin, Tantalum and Tungsten and Supplement on Gold, 2016; http://www.oecd.org/daf/inv/mne/OECD-Due-Diligence-Guidance-Minerals-Edition3.pdf.|
|||If, after these efforts, a Supplier still did not provide the requested information, an escalation process was initiated. As needed, employees of Urban Outfitters contacted non-responsive Suppliers to request their participation in our Conflict Minerals Compliance Program. Our Service Provider subsequently followed up with non-responsive Suppliers again via email.|
Where a Supplier was unable to provide a CMRT, our Service Provider requested information on its suppliers (Tier 2 Suppliers) of products of components that may require 3TG for their production or functionality. These Tier 2 Suppliers, and subsequent tiers of suppliers, as needed, were then engaged following the procedures explained above. When contact information was provided, our Service Provider contacted these suppliers via email in order to build a chain-of-custody back to the 3TG SOR.
Supplier responses were evaluated for plausibility, consistency, and gaps both in terms of which products were stated to contain or not contain necessary 3TG, as well as the origin of those materials. Our Service Provider undertook additional outreach to attempt to resolve the following types of quality concerns:
|||One or more SORs were listed for an unused metal;|
|||SOR information was not provided for a used metal, or SOR information provided was not for a verified metal processor according to the Service Providers database;|
|||Supplier answered yes to sourcing from a Covered Country, but none of the SORs listed are known to source from that region;|
|||Supplier indicated that they have not received conflicts mineral data for each metal from all relevant suppliers;|
|||Supplier indicated they have not identified all of the SORs used or provided all applicable SOR information received, and|
|||Supplier indicated 100% of the 3TG for the relevant products originates from scrap or recycled sources, but one or more SORs listed are not known to be exclusive recyclers.|
A total of 380 Suppliers were contacted as part of our RCOI process. The response rate among these Suppliers was 83%. Of these responding Suppliers, 4% indicated one or more 3TG as necessary to the functionality or production of the products they supply to Urban Outfitters. Responsive Suppliers identified to Urban Outfitters 16 SORs. Additional information on these SORs is contained in Section 4 of this CMR.
Pursuant to the Conflict Minerals Rule, Urban Outfitters was required to conduct due diligence for 2017. These due diligence efforts are discussed below.
Urban Outfitters conducted due diligence on the source and chain of custody of the 3TG identified in its RCOI in accordance with the internationally recognized due diligence framework as set forth in the OECD Guidance. The OECD Guidance has established a five-step framework for due diligence as a basis for responsible global supply chain management of minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.
Selected elements of Urban Outfitters program design are discussed below. These are not, however, all of the discrete procedures of the program that Urban Outfitters has put in place to help ensure that the 3TG contained in our products are responsibly sourced. The headings below conform to the headings used in the OECD Guidance for each of the five steps.
|b.||Selected Elements of Design Framework|
i. Step One: Establish strong company management systems
|||We adopted a conflict minerals policy that is publicly available at www.urbn.com/investor-relations (click on the Conflict Minerals Policy link in the Responsible Sourcing section of our website).|
|||We assembled an internal team to support supply chain due diligence in 2014 that since then has been overseen by members of senior management.|
|||We supplement our internal compliance team with outside professionals. As discussed in Section 2 above, our Service Provider collects and aggregates data from our Suppliers and provides our Suppliers with opportunities to learn more about the Conflicts Minerals Rule and our Conflict Minerals Compliance Program.|
|||We established a system of controls and transparency over our mineral supply chain.|
|||Our suppliers are required to participate in Urban Outfitters broader social compliance program. We require our third-party vendors to register through an online website and agree that they and their suppliers will abide by certain standards of conduct.|
ii. Step Two: Identify and assess risk in the supply chain
|||Our Service Provider reviewed the list of SORs provided by our Suppliers and compared this list against the list of compliant or the equivalent SORs published in connection with the RMIs Responsible Minerals Assurance Process, the London Bullion Market Associations (LBMA) Good Delivery List and the Responsible Jewellery Councils (RJC) Chain-of-Custody Certification.|
|||Through our work with our Service Provider, we are engaging with SORs to obtain mine of origin information and to assess whether those SORs have carried out reasonable due diligence regarding their use of minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.|
iii. Step Three: Design and implement a strategy to respond to identified risks
|||We regularly report the findings of our supply chain risk assessment to senior management.|
|||We continue to refine the risk management plan that we implemented in 2014 to monitor and track risk mitigation and evaluate supplier relationships.|
|||If any SOR identified by our Suppliers was not certified by an internationally-recognized scheme, our Service Provider attempted to contact the SOR to gather more information about its sourcing practices. In addition, internet research was performed to determine whether there were any publically available sources of information regarding the SORs sourcing.|
iv. Step Four: Carry out independent third-party audit of smelter/refiners due diligence practices
|||In connection with our due diligence, our Service Provider, on our behalf, utilizes information made available by the RMI, the LBMA and the RJC concerning independent third-party audits of SORs.|
v. Step Five: Report on supply chain due diligence
|||We file a Form SD and a Conflict Minerals Report with the Securities and Exchange Commission and make these filings publicly available at www.urbn.com/investor-relations (click on the Conflict Minerals Report link in the Responsible Sourcing section of the website).|
|c.||Steps to Improve Due Diligence|
Urban Outfitters seeks to continuously improve upon its supply chain due diligence efforts. We have taken or expect to take the following steps to mitigate the risk that our sourcing practices support conflict or human rights abuses in the DRC:
|||clearly communicate expectations with regard to supplier performance, transparency and sourcing;|
|||encourage Suppliers that have not yet done so to adopt and communicate their own responsible sourcing policies relating to 3TG; and|
|||engage with Suppliers that provided incomplete responses or that did not provide responses for 2017 to help improve our response rate.|
|4.||Identified Smelters and Refiners and Country of Origin Information|
Urban Outfitters efforts to determine the mine and location of origin of 3TG in its supply chain are described in detail in this CMR. Based on the information provided by the responding Suppliers and through our due diligence efforts, we were able to verify the below list of SORs used to produce 3TG in our Suppliers products.
The SORs listed below are all Compliant. This means that the SORs were listed as compliant with the RMIs assessment protocols, or were indicated as re-audit in progress. These SORs were not necessarily compliant for all or part of 2017 and may not continue to be compliant for any future period.
The status information reflected below is current as of April 16, 2018.
|Metal||Official Smelter Name|
|Metalor Technologies (Hong Kong) Ltd.* |
|Metalor Technologies (Singapore) Pte., Ltd. * |
|Heraeus Precious Metals GmbH & Co. KG*|
|The Refinery of Shandong Gold Mining Co., Ltd.*|
|CV United Smelting|
|Metallo Belgium N.V.|
|PT ATD Makmur Mandiri Jaya|
|PT Belitung Industri Sejahtera|
|PT Bukit Timah|
|PT Panca Mega Persada|
|PT Refined Bangka Tin|
|PT Timah (Persero) Tbk Kundur|
|PT Timah (Persero) Tbk Mentok|
|Yunnan Tin Company Limited|
|Yunnan Chengfeng Non-Ferrous Metals Co., Ltd.|
|Gejiu Non-Ferrous Metal Processing Co., Ltd.|
|*||Indicates SORs that have obtained a Responsible Gold Certification from the LBMA.|
|||Indicates SORs that have obtained a Chain-of-Custody Certification from the RJC.|
The countries of origin of the 3TG processed by the SORs listed above are believed to include the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo (Brazzaville), Czech Republic, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa), Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Laos, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
These countries of origin are derived from information provided by Suppliers on their CMRT or through the outreach, review of information and additional research conducted by our Service Provider.
This CMR contains forward-looking statements, which are based on Urban Outfitters current assumptions and expectations. These statements are typically accompanied by the words expect, may, could, believe, would, might, anticipates, or words of similar import. The principal forward-looking statements in this report include Urban Outfitters expected steps to improve its supply chain due diligence efforts.
All such forward-looking statements are intended to enjoy the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Although we believe there is a reasonable basis for the forward-looking statements, our actual results could be materially different. The most important factors which could cause our actual results to differ from our forward-looking statements are (a) the continued implementation of satisfactory traceability and other compliance measures by our direct and indirect vendors on a timely basis or at all, (b) changes in the Conflict Minerals Rule and other political and regulatory developments relating to the sourcing of 3TG, whether in the DRC or its adjoining countries, the United States or elsewhere, and (c) those factors set forth in our description of risk factors in Item 1A to our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2018, which should be read in conjunction with the forward-looking statements in this CMR. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this CMR or, if earlier, as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement.