JSD is a member of SEDEX (the Supplier and Ethical Data Exchange) and EFF (the Ethical Fashion Forum). Both organisations are spearheading improvements in responsible and ethical practices across the global supply chain. Because JSD conducts regular factory audits, we can participate actively in the debates they promote.
People, Planet, Profit: that’s our bottom line on Corporate Social Responsibility. We are committed to making a difference to the lives of those who work in our supply chain. This way, we also help safeguard our clients’ brand values.”
We encourage community cohesion, in partnership with our international suppliers. That can mean sponsorship of charitable and fundraising initiatives. Thanks to financial stability from JSD contracts, our manufacturer in Sri Lanka supports an orphanage, infant school, a medical clinic and sponsored sport within its village.
At JSD we work with our supplier partners to implement ethical, environmental and social best practice. We only contract with companies who meet our manufacturing criteria. We carry out regular ethical audits within factories. And we encourage everyone to implement an Equality and Diversity policy.
Result: we all operate more effectively and trade more ethically.
Q & As that show our ethical agenda matches your own sustainability programme.
How do you monitor the impact of your suppliers’ operations on the environment?
We only work with factories that exercise a duty of care to the environment. We must be satisfied that they use precious water resources responsibly, dispose of chemically treated effluent and dyes safely, and use recyclable materials. They are required to recycle any leftover fabric from a production run and, wherever possible, use it in the next run, so reducing waste and cost.
What steps do you take to ensure your processes are ethical and sustainable?
We audit everything: from the fabric used at the initial design process – we source organic and eco fabrics wherever possible – right through to the environmental effect of delivery of the final uniforms. Wherever possible, our delivery schedules are based on shipping not air freight, to reduce our carbon footprint.
How do you look to minimise impact on the environment within your own company and by those you work with?
Recycled products are specified throughout our own operations: that includes all our packaging. We also encourage clients to reuse packaging wherever possible. We also offer clients the option of garment refurbishment, plus a recycling service for appropriate products.
Can we be sure there will be no exploitation of labour markets?
We never put profit ahead of our responsibility to our workers. Our factories are not permitted to exploit their labour market to compete for your business. Since no two countries have the same manufacturing cost base, we look for factories with the highest ethical reputation and quality of manufacturing. These factories must operate within the top tier of wage scales for the region.
How do you ensure best practice ethically?
To keep JSD and our clients ahead of the game in the green arena, we are a member of SEDEX (the Supplier and Ethical Data Exchange) and the Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF) – the international industry body for sustainable fashion, with over 6,000 members in 100+ countries. We’re also the first design-led corporate wear company to join up to SOURCE, the EEF’s global platform for sustainable fashion. This gives us the latest business intelligence, connections and sourcing options, which we then integrate into our own social, environmental and commercial decisions.