DOES TED BAKER USE CHILD LABOUR?
Child labour is a very emotive issue, and here at Ted Baker we work closely with our factories and suppliers to ensure that not only is there no child labour, but also that no one else within our supply chain is being exploited or discriminated against.
We are working with MADE-BY using existing certification and audits from our factories and suppliers to compare them to the MADE-BY benchmark. Where these are not available we ask suppliers to adhere to our Code of Conduct, based on the SAI code, and will be working with individual factories on social improvement programmes to create examples of best practice within our supply chain. You can find out more about our ethical code of conduct here.
DOES TED BAKER USE ORGANIC MATERIALS?
We do use organic materials in some of our products. We also use a range of fabrics from sustainable sources. The best way to find out what fabric a product is made of, is to read its description on this website. For more general information about the different materials we use, you should take a look at our Fabric Guide.
WHAT DOES TED BAKER DO TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT?
At Ted Baker we know we have a responsibility to do right by the environment. As a proud partner of MADE-BY we are working on the sustainability of our entire collection, up and down our supply chain. We are also working on keeping our carbon footprint as dainty as we can. With an array of other leading London businesses, we've been committed to collectively cutting our carbon emissions by 1.5 million tonnes over the last two and a half years, in keeping with the Mayor of London's Energy Strategy. For more information on the Green500, please click here. Alternatively, you can visit our blog for news of our recent activities.
WHAT IS THE SUMANGALI SCHEME AND WHAT IS TED BAKER DOING IN RESPONSE TO IT?
The Sumangali Scheme equals bonded labor, on the basis of the fact that employers are unilaterally holding back part of the workers’ wages until three or more years of work have been completed. In addition, workers are severely restricted in their freedom of movement and privacy. Workers work in unsafe and unhealthy circumstances. We are aware that this scheme is being abused by some unscrupulous mills and factories but at this point we have not yet discovered any evidence within our own supply chain. We take this matter very seriously and hold workers rights in the highest regard. As a result Ted Baker has joined with other major brands and retailers to offer our support to the Anti-Slavery International campaign, and will continue to work with these other businesses in the area to help stop this practice. We recognise that we can play an important role in condemning practices like these by supporting those efforts to eliminate labour rights issues by working closely with other brands, Anti- Slavery International, SOMO and also supporting the CASS initiative (Campaign Against Sumangali Scheme). To read the report click here.
DOES TED BAKER USE FUR IN ANY OF THEIR GARMENTS?
DOES TED BAKER USE ANGORA HAIR IN ANY OF THEIR PRODUCTS?
We have been assured by our angora suppliers that they source angora fibre from farms where the rabbits are shorn and plucking is prohibited. We are confident that our angora is from as humane a source as possible, but, as we aren’t comfortable with the practice of shearing ourselves, we have decided that we will not produce any angora products in the future. As of high summer 2014 there will be no more angora in our collections. For more information, please see Ted's policy here.
WHAT IS TED BAKER'S POLICY ON ANIMAL WELFARE?
Ted Baker as a company is committed to participating in the fairest of fair trade. We expect all animal-derived products that we sell to have come from animals that are treated in the very best way and in strict accordance with animal welfare legislation. For more information, please see Ted's policy here.