Environmental standards
ZERO TOLERANCE
Must be Transparent: The supplier must be collaborative with Owen Stitch and provide all the information necessary to determine whether they comply with our SCoC.
DESIRABLE
Have fulfilled and addressed the Environmental Principles from the UN Global Compact:
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8: Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Have taken climate action:
The supplier must have demonstrated a strong sustainability standing, pledging to reduce carbon emissions within its operations and have carried out a third party audit in order to ensure Environmental Management Systems and Quality Management Systems are robust and of high standard for the safeguard of our environment.
Have eco-friendly production processes: depending on the nature of the supplies the supplier is producing, they will have ensured they have acquired the right certifications to ensure no harmful chemicals are used throughout the production process, waste is properly disposed of and reduction in resource use implemented where possible.
Social standards
ZERO TOLERANCE
Met the International Labour Standards: Suppliers do not participate and encourage forced labour, pay the local legal minimum wage to all staff, have ensured all staff are above the legal working age, have equal remuneration for staff within the same roles and have worked against workplace discrimination.
Abided to The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Suppliers must have met this standard in order to protect the fundamental human rights for all people in all nations.
Have ensured rigorous health & safety for staff: The supplier must provide a safe and healthy working environment for staff that meets applicable laws and regulations. Suppliers do not work employees overtime unless voluntary or compensated with a premium rate. Suppliers must remunerate employees with special rates and benefits according to applicable laws in addition to the local legal minimum wage. Suppliers also recognize the necessity of providing a 24 hour rest day at least once every seven days as well as provide statutory holiday.
Have actively worked against discrimination within the workplace: The supplier must ensure all employees feel safe and have not been subject to any discrimination whilst at work, during the hiring process, relative to remuneration due to their sex, gender identity, religion, age, disability, illness, pregnancy, sexual orientation, race, political opinion or other protected status. The workplace should be free of sexual, psychological, physical, and verbal harassment, abuse, or intimidation.
Supplier Code of Conduct (SCoC)
Owen Stitch is guided by strong sustainability and ethical values. We believe in a regenerative society where sustainability runs through the entirety of our business, from our suppliers to our customers.

Our Supplier Code of Conduct (SCoC) ensures we only partner with suppliers having achieved a high environmental and social standard.

We work in collaboration with all of our partners to ensure certifications have been met. This document will continue to evolve as we source new materials, expand our partnerships and respond to changing policies and guidance.
@Last update 1 March 2021
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