Ethical Trading and Corporate Responsibility
Being a responsible business is part of our brand DNA and has been since we began. Whether it's developing great relationships with British manufacturing, embedding the principles of ethical trade in our business or supporting charitable causes we believe in, we have a strong desire to do the right thing for our employees and customers.
We design our clothes in the United Kingdom but we source them from all over the world including China, India, Portugal, Turkey and the UK. We live by our motto to provide the 'highest quality goods', so we only use factories that live up to our exacting standards, wherever they are in the world. Our aim is to work with suppliers that have the same ethos as we do - to make great clothes in a fair, equitable and environmentally conscious manner.
We are members of the Ethical Trading Initiative, an organisation we joined in 2010. ETI is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers' rights around the globe. As a member of the ETI, we are required to ensure that all of our suppliers commit to a code of labour practice covering clear and measurable standards related to wages, working conditions and employment rights.
Suppliers and factories must follow our supplier code of the conduct which is based on the ETI Base Code. The ETI Base Code is an internationally recognised code of labour practice founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation.
- Employment is freely chosen
- Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
- Working conditions are safe and hygienic
- Child labour shall not be used
- Living wages are paid
- Working hours are not excessive
- No discrimination is practised
- Regular employment is provided
- No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed
Our ETI initiatives are part of our wider ethical trade programme - a combination of work incorporating factory visits, supplier training, formal audits, self-assessment and capacity-building projects. We are committed to establishing long term, mutually beneficial partnerships with our suppliers. Through our ethical trade programme we continuously work with our suppliers to deliver sustainable improvement in the lives of those workers who make our product.
Jack Wills is strongly committed to ensuring that all of our materials are sourced responsibly and this commitment includes raw materials sourced from animals. We have a detailed Animal Welfare Policy which covers hair and fibre, fur, feather and down, leather skin products, shell and animal testing. Suppliers are required to give full commitment and assurance that they adhere to our animal welfare policy and we have a compliance process which covers this.
We always aim to minimise our impact on the environment where possible, choosing environmentally friendly options for our packaging and marketing materials, for example in our Handbooks. We are continually looking for ways to improve the environmental performance of our operations from retail to head office to our manufacturing partners.
Our colleagues continually raise money through employee led activities such as cake sales and fun events. We also support charities such as the Relate Trust by selling their accessories in store.
Relate is a South African not-for-profit social enterprise that creates social investment opportunities to change lives.