Q. You say you work to the ETI base code, what it this?
A. The ETI base code is 9 principles, it was founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and is an internationally recognised code of labour practice. http://www.ethicaltrade.org/eti-base-code
Q. What is the difference between minimum wage and a living wage?
A. The National minimum wage is the minimum amount set down by law to be paid to works according to age. However, but the living wage is the minimum amount needed to provide an adequate living standard for a worker and their family. Current research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation suggests this to be nearer £7.00 per hour against £5.93 for workers aged 21 and over in the UK.
Q. How can I be sure my supplier is ethical?
A. Look for their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) page on their website including their ethical policy. Also, look at their credentials – are they member of Sedex and working to the ETI Base Code, or a bpma Charter member.
Q. What is Sedex?
A. Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, is a membership organisation for businesses committed to continuous improvement of the ethical performance of their supply chains. http://www.sedex.org.uk
Q. How do I know you are a member of Sedex?
A. We have a membership number S355131105740, or you can check with the Sedex directly.
Q. Can you tell me about the bpma Charter Membership?
A. Part of the bpma Chartered Membership is about Transparency throughout the supply chain and acting ethically at all times. It requires proof to be provided to the bpma in order to be assessed and gain accreditation to this standard.
Q. Does you being ethical mean I have to pay more?
A. No it doesn’t mean that at all in our experience.
Q. What does it matter to me?
A. For two reasons, firstly we should all care about how people are treated in factories around the world and secondly, if you do not ensure you work with ethical partners – you could find your brand and organisation in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.