SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
SPECIALIZED DISCLOSURE REPORT
BIRKS GROUP INC.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
(Jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
(Commission file number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
2020 Robert-Bourassa, suite 200
(Address of principal executive offices)
Miranda Melfi, 514-397-2509
(Name and Telephone number 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, 2019.
Section 1Conflict Minerals Disclosure
Item 1.01 Conflict Minerals Disclosure and Report
Birks Group Inc. (Birks Group or the Company) is a leading designer of fine jewelry, timepieces and gifts and operator of luxury jewelry stores in Canada. Birks Group operates luxury jewelry stores in all major cities across Canada under the Birks retail brand. In addition to being a nationwide retailer with a strong brand identity, the Company is also highly regarded in Canada as a designer and producer of jewelry. Birks Group distributes its Birks collections in the United Kingdom in addition to several jewelry retailers across North America. As a luxury jeweler, most of the Companys jewelry products are made of 18 karat gold, platinum or sterling silver, with or without precious gemstones, with significant emphasis on quality craftsmanship and distinctive design. In 2019, the Company manufactured and contracted for the manufacture of products containing Conflict Minerals. Please refer to Rule 13p-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, Form SD and the 1934 Act Release No. 34-67716 for the definitions of terms used in this Form SD, unless otherwise defined herein.
Birks Group has designed a Conflict Minerals compliance initiative to implement a consistent, company-wide compliance process which includes:
Educating its employees and suppliers about Conflict Minerals;
Establishing a cross-functional management team including members of senior management and subject matter experts from relevant functions such as supply chain, product development, merchandising, manufacturing, legal and finance responsible for implementing the Companys Conflict Minerals compliance strategy; and
Reporting mechanisms for questions and concerns, including a toll-free confidential and anonymous hotline.
The Companys compliance program has been designed to conform, in all material respects, with the framework in The Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas Second Edition, and the related gold supplement for Conflict Minerals.
In addition, the Company has adopted a Conflict Minerals Policy which has been communicated to the Companys suppliers and is included in the Companys Merchandise Quality Manual and available on the Companys website at www.birks.com. Birks Group Conflict Minerals Policy indicates that suppliers who do not comply with this policy will be reviewed and evaluated accordingly for future business and sourcing decisions.
Conflict Minerals Disclosure
Birks Group conducted a good faith reasonable country of origin inquiry using the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (the CMRT) developed by the Responsible Business Alliance, formerly the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative, the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), formerly the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative. The CMRT was developed to facilitate disclosure and communication of information regarding smelters that provide material to a companys supply chain. It includes questions regarding a companys conflict-free policy and engagement with its direct suppliers, and requests a listing of the smelters used by the company and its suppliers. The CMRT also contains questions about the origin of Conflict Minerals included in the companys products, as well as questions regarding supplier due diligence.
The Company reviewed and evaluated each supplier response received against criteria developed such as completeness of responses in the CMRT, inconsistencies within the data suppliers reported in the CMRT and smelter information, based on publicly available information, including a listing of smelters participating in the RMI to determine which required further engagement with the suppliers.
Based on the responses in the CMRT and additional information the Company received, the Company determined that it had no reason to believe that any Conflict Minerals necessary to the functionality or production of its products may have originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or a country that shares an internationally recognized border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The information discussed above is also publicly available at http://www.birks.com. The website and the information accessible through it are not incorporated into this specialized disclosure 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.
|Birks Group Inc.|
|By:||/s/ Katia Fontana||Date: June 5, 2020|
|Title:||Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer|