All of our partners and factories agree to our standards on working conditions, business ethics, traceability, environmental stewardship and use of chemicals.
Our Ethical Code of Conduct is based on international conventions such as the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code, the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO Core Conventions and more.
The Code of Conduct, ethical policies, annual audits, rigorous screening process, and supplier relationships mean ethical challenges can be addressed and steps towards positive change can be made. This process minimises the risk of falling short of our own exacting expectations and standards. We work closely with our suppliers to continuously improve conditions, making sure that any issues are addressed by getting to the root cause.
We have produced toolkits for engaging and informing our internal teams and help make business decisions too. These toolkits highlight worker related challenges and broader social issues that could impact our supply chain.
The fashion industry’s supply chains are complex and don’t come without their problems. Some key issues we face are excessive working hours in some of our China factories, and the use of multiple sub contractors in our Turkey factories, which are two of our largest sourcing countries. We are working closely with our suppliers with high risk issues to provide support and guidance and in addition have teamed up with The Reassurance Network (TRN), to implement a training and monitoring programme in some of our key factories in both Turkey and China.
Like for many of our peers, this is no mean feat and takes time but gives us a better chance of ensuring that our products are created in facilities committed to providing fair and safe environments for their workers. In order to ensure we have the right support to protect workers in our supply chain, we joined the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). We are very excited to be a party of this industry leading multi-stakeholder community. We recognise the importance of collaboration to make meaningful systemic changes to improve labour rights across the garment supply chain.
In addition, we became members of SEDEX, to centralise the way we collate information from our audits, which provides us with greater insights in to systemic issues. Through this we can make impactful changes to support our suppliers.
We work with different third party partners, including Licensees, Joint venture, and occasionally promotors. These partners use their own supply chain, however, we have created a third party policy which ensures they are still meetings Ted’s minimum standards.
Read about our third party policy