HUMAN RIGHTS & ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS IN OUR SUPPLY CHAIN
As part of Global Fashion Group (GFG), LOST INK is deeply committed to social and environmental responsibility, and to ensuring that we live up to the values on which our company was founded. We recognise that with growth and opportunity come greater challenges, wider impacts, and a heightened focus on more deeply incorporating social and environmental responsibility into our core business operations. To that end and as our company grows, so does our resolve to address the complex issues of operating a global business in a responsible, ethical way.
OUR CODE OF CONDUCT FOR BUSINESS PARTNERS (SUPPLIERS)
Our Code of Conduct for Business Partners is the guidance on environmental, human rights, labour and health and safety standards & requirements for our suppliers. These minimum standards are based on International norms and regulations, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organisation’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the Base Code of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). They frame our expectations on our trusted partners, to conduct their business under the same principles as we do ours.
COMPLIANCE MONITORING ON OUR SUPPLY CHAIN
All factories manufacturing for LOST INK are required to comply with the Code of Conduct for Business Partners. LOST INK works with over 100 supplying factories, mostly located in China. To ensure compliance with our standards, we require full transparency of final stage manufacturing factories, including subcontractors.
We require third-party audits for our supplying factories, all of which comprise interviews of production workers, and some of which have been conducted on a semi-announced basis. All factories will be reassessed based on their performance, with a full audit required at least every 24 months. We review all audits thoroughly and work with our vendors and factories on timed and prioritised action plans to continuously achieve improvement over time. As a part of the compliance process, we also track the presence of temporary and agency workers.
FIGHTING MODERN SLAVERY
LOST INK is committed to respecting human rights in our business operations and to support efforts that seek to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking throughout our supply chain and in any part of our business. For that reason, in our business relations we follow a zero-tolerance approach towards any form of forced, bonded or compulsory labour. Find out more about our efforts to fight Modern Slavery on our statement.
Aiming to reduce the usage of hazard chemicals in our supply chain, we have shared with all suppliers our directives regarding the use of banned and restricted substances on raw materials, components and finished products. These are based on the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) & CA Prop 65 (Californian Proposition Clause 65, or also known as The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986) directives, and list all banned/restricted substances that must not be used in any LOST INK product imported to United Kingdom, European Union or United States.
Third-party testing for physical and chemical safety is performed on all styles to ensure our products comply with global and client-specific regulations.
OUR ANIMAL WELFARE POLICY
Through our animal welfare policy, we outline to our suppliers which animal materials can be used on our products and under which conditions. These include the expectation that they implement industry-recognised best practice to ensure animal welfare is safeguarded during rearing, transportation and slaughter, and that no banned animal products (e.g. ivory, horns, teeth or bones from any species, tortoise shell, coral, etc) are used on LOST INK’s production
Where animal products are used, we require them to be a by-product of the food industry (through a Proof of Origin certificate), and to be sourced following the Five Freedoms from the UK’s Farm Animal Welfare Committee.
LOST INK does not use real animal fur of any kind, exotic skins, leather obtained from alive or aborted animals, or hair from the Angora rabbit.
COLLABORATING WITH OTHERS IN OUR INDUSTRY
Addressing the complex challenges that come with an international supply chain is not a simple task, and often requires a collaborative effort with different stakeholders to promote lasting change. To that expend, we look to partner with others in our industry, including civil society representatives, to learn and share best practices, which can in turn help deliver on our objectives. One way we do this is through our group’s membership with the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and Civil Society Organisations that promotes respect for workers’ rights around the globe.
Find out more about the Ethical Trading Initiative here: www.ethicaltrade.org