A fundamental aspect of the way in which we conduct business is complying with environmental and social responsibilities. To ensure the proper attention is paid to this concern, we have established core corporate environmental objectives that we adhere to, and which allow us to minimize waste and promote efficiency in all of our business and purchasing decisions. We further demonstrate these standards by encouraging the use of manufacturers whose policies are compatible with our own. Additionally, we always adhere to client policies in this area and we welcome new challenges to meet your expectations.
Supremia is committed to playing a positive role in helping to eliminate slavery, human trafficking, exploitation of child and forced labour, as well as poor working conditions. Our Directors, buying and compliance teams all operate on-site at the factories we use to produce our orders. We are also working with our partners, including leading independent third party corporate social responsibility auditing companies, to identify and address non-conformances within our global supply chain.
Supremia International has been a member of the ETI since 2008. We attend regular ETI meetings to gather and share information with our senior management and buying teams, increasing awareness of ethical issue throughout the business.
Supremia has adopted the 9 Key Principles of the ETI base code within our own vendor identification and auditing program. This has allowed us to improve our supplier identification process, as well as develop and implement improved ethical practices throughout our existing supply chain. Through our in-house inspection teams we ensure a copy of the ETI base code is signed by all suppliers and is displayed in communal areas so workers have visibility of it. This has been extremely beneficial, not only to Supremia but also for our suppliers and their workers.
As a member of ETI Supremia are required to complete an annual self-assessment report. The report is an important part of members’ commitment to the ETI and is an essential element in helping the ETI to monitor trends, assess the membership’s overall impact and identify good practices. Supremia are currently ranked at ‘Improver’ level.
It is Supremia company policy that all suppliers are audited by either a third party and/or our own lead auditors who are certified by accredited third party audit companies. Core suppliers are systematically re-audited every 18 months.
Outside of auditing, all ethical issues are escalated to board level. Directors and buyers will then address the matter directly with the supplier. Supremia would consider terminating a relationship if after a period of discussion and mediation a satisfactory resolution could not be found.
Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, is a membership organisation for businesses committed to continuous improvement of the ethical performance of their supply chains.