We value our relationships with our suppliers having worked with many for over 15 years. The strong partnerships that we have formed have allowed us to work collaboratively to help deliver our Sustainability Commitments and Ethical Responsibility. A supplier to Glassons must meet our Code of Conduct requirements and demonstrate they understand the policies that are required in the manufacturing of Glassons product.
Our Code of Conduct applies to all supply partnerships. We expect suppliers to ensure this is communicated to all owned and contracting factories, sub-contractors, input suppliers; to respect and comply with our Code of Conduct.
Our Code of Conduct supports the following ethical trading principles:
- 1.1. LEGAL REQUIREMENTS Follow local laws
- 1.2. NO CHILD LABOUR SHALL BE USED Do not employ underage workers
- 1.3. PREVENTION OF FORCED LABOUR AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING Do not use any form of slave, forced, bonded, indentured or prison labour
- 1.4. NO DISCRIMINATION IS PRACTICED Do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, nationality, union membership, political opinion or ethnic origin
- 1.5. SAFE & HEALTHY WORKING ENVIRONMENTS SHALL BE PROVIDED Provide a safe and healthy working environment
- 1.6. WAGES & BENEFITS Pay fair wages including all benefits and premium penalty rates for overtime hours worked. All overtime must be voluntary;
- 1.7 NO HARSH OR INHUMANE TREATMENT IS ALLOWED Treat all workers with dignity and respect
- 1.8. FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING Respect the right of employee's freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
1.9. SUPPORTING ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
Respect the environment through implementation of an Environmental Action Plan (EAP)
*see more details about our EAP under our Environment section
- 1.10 RAW MATERIALS All raw materials used by suppliers must be ethically sourced and the standards outlined in this code of conduct must flow into all parts of their supply chain
- 1.11 SUB CONTRACTORS All suppliers must ensure that their contractors and suppliers adhere to our Code of Conduct.
- 1.12. RIGHT OF INSPECTION Our company expects all suppliers and their contractors to respect and comply with our Code of Conduct
Safety of workers
The purpose of auditing is to ensure that our responsible sourcing Code of Conduct is being followed by everyone we work with. The auditing process is fundamental to our business supply partnerships to achieve our commitment to; decent work, protection of the vulnerable, fair wages and safe workplaces.
We believe that Auditing is the responsibility of the retailer and is integral to gaining transparency of the factories within our supply chain.
Audits this year:
Due to COVID-19 disruptions there has been a delay in factories being audited. We are monitoring this closely and are in close communication with all factories.- 15 audits this year - Aug 2019-Aug 2020
The strong partnerships that we have formed has allowed us to work collaboratively to help mitigate the economic impact on supplier's businesses and workers as the world responds to COVID-19.
Glassons publicly committed to "Tearfund Fashion Commitments" supporting garment workers' wages and wellbeing.
You can read more about our actions on Tearfund Covid Report to be published Oct 2020
SgT QUALSPEC Our auditing partner.
Qualspec is globally accredited meeting ISO 9001 standards to conduct Factory Assessment Audits and Ethical Social Compliance Audits.
INNO Non-Government organisation (NGO) offering support to garment workers in China.
We have partnered with Chinese NGO INNO by implementing the 'Handshake Workers Programme' which supports workers voices and grievances. We believe this is a perfect fit, as INNO is Chinese based, providing support right where the majority of our suppliers are located. INNO is a whistle blower hotline that workers can access via QR code posted in the factory, enabling direct communication to INNO employees.
Tearfund and Baptist world
Baptist World Aid Australia is a Christian NGO supporting individuals and communities around the world. After the tragedy of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, Baptist took action to shed light on what fashion brands and companies are doing to address forced labour, child labour and exploitation of workers in their supply chains.
The Ethical Fashion Report was first launched in 2013 - and has tracked progress within the industry having released 6 reports to date. The report scores Brands A+ to F based on how well they support workers. Tearfund is the New Zealand based Christian NGO managing NZ based fashion brands participation of The Ethical Fashion Report.
Glassons Ethical Fashion Report Results
In the last published 2019 Ethical Fashion Report; Glassons scored a B+. The report scored 130 companies from A+ to F, based on the strength of their systems to mitigate against the risks of forced labour, child labour and exploitation in their supply chains.
In 2020 the ethical fashion report was replaced with the Tearfund Covid 19 Fashion Commitments. This asked brands to state how they supported factory workers during this unprecedented pandemic.
Glassons made a public commitment to support our factory workers and signed up to the Tearfund 6 Fashion Commitments, which are:
- Support workers wages, honouring supplier commitments
- Identify workers at greatest risk
- Listen to the voices and experience of workers
- Ensure workers rights and safety are respected
- Collaborate with others to protect venerable workers
- Build back better for workers and the world
Click here to view Glassons' public commitment to support our factory workers. Tearfund will be releasing their results for the Covid 19 Fashion Commitments in mid October 2020.
All of our manufacturers must adhere to our Environmental Code of Practice, which includes:
- Factories shall comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations.
- All factories shall comply with Glassons Restricted Substance List (RSL) and Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL)
- All factories must have an Environmental Action Plan documenting implemented controls to minimize the impacts on the environment for:
- solid waste disposal
- hazardous chemical storage, use, handling, disposal
- air and water emissions: monitoring and accurate record keeping
- adequate training for workers in the safe handling of chemicals
Having aligned ourselves with globally recognised fibre certifications enables greater transparency of our supply chain. In doing so, we can verify a greater percentage of our fabrics are responsibly sourced and using eco-responsible production processes by meeting high environmental standards.
Glassons supports Cruelty Free Fashion that respects biodiversity, animal welfare and protection of our oceans.
Animal welfare policy
Animal welfare is important to Glassons and no animals should be harmed in the production of our products.
Click here to read our Animal Welfare Policy
In addition to this animal welfare policy we are working on the below policies
- Biodiversity policy
- Protection of our oceans policy