Corporate Social Responsibility
Are we members of the Ethical Trading Initiative?
Yes. To further our commitment to ethical trade we joined the ETI as foundation stage members in September 2012. We are pleased to announce from February 2014 we are now full members of the ETI. We aim to integrate ethical trade into the heart of our business and believe working with ETI is essential to achieving this aim. To learn more about ETI and what it means to be a member, visit http://www.ethicaltrade.org/
Do we have a Code of Conduct?
We require all our suppliers to adopt our Code of Conduct, which is based on the ETI Base Code, 'an internationally recognised code of labour practice'.
If a supplier cannot meet our standards or we find a problem, we work together to agree actions and timescales to solve the issue. If suppliers fail to meet our requirements after all options have been exhausted, we are ready to take our business elsewhere.
Do we use homeworkers?
The White Company is committed to improving working standards in its supply chains through the application of international labour standards. This includes a commitment to improving standards in those parts of the supply chain which are the most difficult to reach.
Historically, the lack of visibility of home workers in supply chains, combined with their complicated employment status in many countries, has made them a vulnerable group of workers. We take an open and positive position towards home-working as one of the first steps in making progress on improving their labour conditions; and to do so helps to prevent driving the practise 'underground' which can have unintended consequences, such as where workers could lose their sole means of income.
We understand it is a complex issue but believe skilled homeworkers are important to the hand crafted, quality nature of many of our products. It is this belief that feeds our commitment to help them improve.
What are our core environmental values?
At The White Company we have four key aims towards the way we do business and how this impacts on the environment. We aim to reduce and use less, recycle more, switch off and switch to environmentally friendly alternatives where possible across all business functions.