ETP is committed to providing fair and responsible workwear. We have, therefore, set a number of requirements for our suppliers and transport partners.
Suppliers are asked to sign an order specification before every supply, in which the supplier commits to ETP’s supply protocol. This manual contains specific requirements and standards:
Amfori BSCI platform (Business Social Compliance Initiative)
BSCI is represented in all our manufacturing countries. As a member of this platform, we implement the BSCI Code of Conduct in our chain. The code supports the performance of audits. Moreover, it assures that improvements are implemented. Not all factories meet these requirements yet. In such cases, the audit team will draw up an action plan which we follow up together with the factory.
Accord on Building and Fire Safety Bangladesh
We endorse the importance of a sector-wide approach to achieve a safe workplace in factories in Bangladesh. A number of our colleagues are closely involved in the development and implementation of structural improvements. The main points of this agreement are:
– Inspections on the building construction
– Fire safety inspections
– Electricity inspections
We also signed the 2018 agreement, which contains a number of additional elements, e.g. safety training in factories, and closer cooperation with national governments to secure agreements.
Covenant on Sustainable Garments and Textile
By signing this covenant, we commit ourselves to the implementation of improvements within the textile industry. Our action plan focuses on:
– Health and safety in the workplace
– Child labour
– Discrimination and gender equality
– Forced labour
– Trade union freedom
– Living wage
– Animal welfare
– Water pollution, use of chemicals, water & energy
– Raw materials
– Sustainable collections (additional theme ETP)
– Circular collections (additional theme ETP)
Annually, we carry out due diligence. This means that we re-assess the risks. We are alert for activities in high-risk countries, and monitor our suppliers of fabrics as well as suppliers of production. Every theme is assigned to a specific product manager, who is responsible for its progress. We are always aware of the latest developments (through seminars and industry initiatives) and share knowledge within the organisation.
We work with a list of prohibited chemicals (RSL list, restricted substances list). This list is based on European standards and prevents usage of, e.g. azo dyes, PCBs and cadmium. Suppliers must declare that the products comply with the prescribed specifications. We regularly test clothes through an independent testing agency for the presence of damaging substances. If prohibited substances are found, we meet with our supplier and work together towards a solution.
ETP exclusively uses FSC certified paper and packaging products. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organisation, which is committed to worldwide responsible forest management and a healthy living environment for people and animals.
– Our primary logistics service provider, Bleckmann, annually publish their Environmental Initiatives report.
– All shippers are obliged to transport clothes gas free (free of toxic gasses). We require every container shipment to Europe to be accompanied by a gas-free declaration. Otherwise, the container will not be unloaded in our distribution centre.