School Style Ltd takes its ethical and environmental responsibiities seriously. In terms of products we aim to provide choice and value to our school and parent customers and below we make it clear the ethical stance taken by the brands that we sell in order to offer that choice.
Banner is an industry leader and complies with the highest standards of ethical trading. The company is a Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) member and encourages all its suppliers also to become members and the ensure that are compliant with all local standards and laws of their country. The company refuses to have any dealings with any company or individual that requires to make or receive any form of inducement in order to secure a commercial transaction and will terminate any ongoing relationships if evidence is found to demonstrate this. In addition teh company audits its ethical trading standards firstly through its local agents who supply quality control facilities and who are entrusted to ensure that our high expectations of factory facilities are maintained. Secondly, directors and senior management of our business make regular visits to our suppliers worldwide during the year. Banner has entered into Supply Agreements with all its suppliers, which includes their agreement to be bound by the Banner Code of Practice.
Russell Europe own the Jerzees Schoolgear brand. Russell Europe complies with Oeko-Tex and WRAP continually working to become one of the first major clothing companies to have its factories fully accredited for the new Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production standard. By ensuring its compliance with stringent ethical standards such as Oeko-tex and WRAP Russell is able to give customers confidence that practices like child labour, unfair work conditions and environmental pollution are not used in the production of any of their garments.
Fruit of the Loom
FOTL strives to implement and enforce the highest environmental and ethical standards through its global operations. The company has its own detailed Code of Conduct which is integral to its business. The Code of Conduct is based on current best practice with regard to employment, health and safety and the environment. FOTL requires that all workers receive salaries that are at or above the local minimum wage and are highly competitive. The minimum age for employees at FOTL plants is 18 years and refuses to work with any factories that employ under age workers or forced labour. All FOTL products have had Oeko-Tex 100 approval since 1998, certifying that they contain no substances that may be harmful to humans or the environment.
Requires all authorised garments bearing its name to be manufactured under conditions which adhere to strict standards on working hours and good working conditions including factory temperature. Result requires all suppliers to employ based on equal opportunity and non racist policies. Does not permit the employment of workers under the minimum age established by local law or below the compulsory school going age. Actively encourages all suppliers to pursue correct environmental practices including the recycling of waste materials and the re-circulation of waste heat generated in the dyeing process.
Beechfield Brands is firmly committed to maintaining industry leading quality standards with innovative and dependable products. Beechfield define and grow brands through rigorous application of quality standards and principles, to provide customers with consistently excellent service and value. These standards cover all aspects of the supply chain, from suppliers through to distribution. As part of this process they respect and understand the local laws in the respect of wages, health and safety, child labour and human rights. Field based staff carry out full audits to ensure that the factories they use are compliant with the applicable local standards. Suppliers undergo strict assessment, covering ethical policy, through ability to meet the product quality and service standards required by Beechfield Brands. Beechfield have established partnerships with a dedicated manufacturing base, thus ensuring consistency of quality and supply. Every product is labelled to allow full traceability throughout the supply chain.
Livingstone International will only do business with vendors and suppliers that share the company’s adherence to high legal, ethical and moral standards. All suppliers, vendors and other business partners are expected to comply with Livingstone International Operating Principles and to assure compliance in all contracting, subcontracting or other relationships. For Example will only do business with vendors and suppliers who:
- provide reasonable wages and benefits that equal or exceed the prevailing local industry standard.
- comply with the prevailing local work hours and do not exceed them, except for appropriately compensated overtime.
- share the company’s commitment to the community and to the environment.
They must conform to all legal requirements regarding environmental codes and guidelines. Further, Livingstone will seek business partners who demonstrate a commitment to progressive environmental practices and to preserving the earth’s resources.
Will not knowingly do business with vendors and suppliers that use involuntary, indentured or forced labour, including prison labour that is not on a voluntary basis. All products supplied must conform to all European Union Environmental legislation generated in the dyeing process.
Maddins believe that the customer should be able to trust the clothes they have bought have been created under reputable circumstances. Maddins follow a policy that underlines the commitment to integrity of all their business practices. Maddins are conscious of the impact on the environment from our industry, and as such looks to minimise the effect that our operations have. They will only work with partners who have the same beliefs as they do, and follow guidelines on forced and child labour, harassment or abuse, non-discrimination, health & safety, freedom of association and collective bargaining, wages and benefits, hours of work and overtime compensation.