We’re committed to looking after those who create, make and wear our products. From the supply chain and wider communities, to the team at Ted’s global headquarters, ambitious targets have been set to address working practice and ensure continuous improvement.
From creating opportunities to empowering people and communities across the world, fashion can be a force for good. For this, work, people and processes must be respected. Our business impacts the lives of thousands of people around the world, meaning we have to be proactive in our approach to advancing positive working conditions and protecting human rights.
Discrimination and exploitation can be common in the fashion industry, which is why all the factories and suppliers Ted works with go through a rigorous screening process. Once part of the team, Ted sets out to form lasting relationships with all his partners, which in turn encourages better working practices. All partners, new or old, must conduct annual social audits of their factories and processes, making sure continuous improvements are being made, standards are up to scratch and things are ticking over as they should. This falls under the responsibility of Ted’s Ethical Trade and Production teams, who regularly visit suppliers all over the world. Some partners have been onboard for over twenty years. Ted wouldn’t settle for anything less.
Ted’s Ethical Code of Conduct (the Code) is the cornerstone of this commitment. It covers our principles for safe, fair and decent work and all locations must adhere to it.
You can read Ted’s Code HERE
Transparency & Supply Chain Mapping
Ted believes certain things must be put in place in order to work towards positive change: transparency and honesty are two of them. With that in mind, we’ve set out to map our complex supply chain and have committed to making sure our processes, practices and ways of working are as transparent as they can be. This is an important step towards ensuring unethical practices, such as modern slavery, has less chance of rearing its head in the supply chain.
You can read Ted's Modern Slavery Statement here
From wallets to waistcoats, it’s important to know where Ted’s products are made, which is why we’ve partnered with Segura; an industry leading supply chain mapping platform. With their help, we can easily keep an eye on all Ted’s suppliers and make sure everyone is aligned with the same principles.
Facts about Ted’s Supply Chain
- Ted has over 150 first-tier factories in 17 different sourcing countries.
- 100% of our first-tier factories have agreed to the Code and have an ethical audit.
- Over 70,000 workers are employed in the first-tier of Ted’s supply chain.
- 72% of these workers are women.
Ted is committed to achieving greater supply chain transparency, which includes plans for mapping our raw materials too. For now, Ted’s put together a complete list of all first-tier factories, where our finished goods are made and shipped from. This includes factory names, addresses, as well as some additional information about the facilities. We see this as an important first step, with the second step being to continue mapping our second-tier facilities and beyond. This will include all the facilities and people that support our first-tier, such as subcontractors and mills.
Ted's provided a list of all information via the link below. In the meantime, any queries and questions canbe directed to 'Ted's Conscience', his in-house sustainability team. In the meantime, any queries and questions can be directed to ‘Ted’s Conscience’, his in-house sustainability team.
Click here to see Ted's first-tier factory list.
Ted’s Ways of Working
The most important part of Ted’s supply chain are the people who work within it. It’s our responsibility to ensure all workers are respected and protected. Accordingly, we require all our partners and factories to agree to Ted’s standards on working conditions, business ethics, traceability, environmental stewardship and use of chemicals.
Ted’s Ethical Code of Conduct is based on international conventions such as the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code, the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO Core Conventions and more.
Ted’s Code of Conduct, ethical policies, annual audits as well as a rigorous screening process and supplier relationships, mean ethical challenges can be addressed and steps towards positive change can be made. This process minimises the risk of falling short of our own exacting expectations and standards. We work closely with our suppliers to continuously improve conditions, making sure that any issues are addressed by getting to the root cause.
Ted understands territory challenges in our sourcing countries and carries out due diligence when it comes regional issues. We have produced toolkits for engaging and informing our internal teams and help make business decisions too. These toolkits highlight worker related challenges and broader social issues that could impact our supply chain.
Here at Ted, we are very selective about the suppliers we work with and are committed to being open, constructive and transparent. We also expect this attitude from our suppliers so Ted’s supply chain and the wider fashion industry can continuously improve. It is our suppliers’ responsibility to enforce Ted’s ethical standards within their own supply chain, with Ted available for advice and support.
If a supplier is found to be in breach of Ted’s expectations, we’ll work with them to ensure appropriate solutions are found and implemented. Ted’s close relationships with his suppliers are key to how we operate. Being understanding and supportive to our suppliers gives us a better chance of ensuring that our products are created in facilities committed to providing fair and safe environments for their workers. We find our suppliers are more open to change when working in partnership with us.
Whilst much is being done to address poor practice across the global industry, Ted’s also inspired by the positive and progressive changes being made closer to home.
As a business, we have an active role in the local community in a number of ways. We create and deliver education-focused challenges, masterclasses, talks and presentations to local partners and schools. We also nurture local talent through mentoring, networking and workshops. Through this, we’ve been inspiring people to consider careers in the creative and business worlds, while providing work experience opportunities.
Through the imaginative use of terminal stock, the repurposing of equipment and technology for community use, we’ve aligned our commitment to sustainability with our work within the community.
As a business, we play an active role in the local community in a number of ways. We create and deliver education-focused challenges, masterclasses, talks and presentations to local partners and schools. We also nurture local talent through mentoring, networking and workshops. Through this, we’ve been inspiring people to consider careers in the creative and business worlds, while providing work experience opportunities.
Through the imaginative use of terminal stock and the repurposing of equipment and technology for community use, we’ve aligned our commitment to sustainability with our work within the community.
One way of doing this was to team up with C4WS, to assist them in helping to rebuild the lives of homeless people. Since 2018, Ted’s donated tailor-made formalwear to the shelter for people to wear to job interviews. Ted’s proud of the small difference these clothes-drops have made so far.
Another of Ted’s highlights was the ‘Shirtfather’ design workshop with New River College; a consortium of three Pupil Referral Units. For this initiative, students were asked to create products and garments using Ted fabrics, with the best designs getting hand-picked to go in to production. The pupils then visited the head office to present their creations to Ted’s Production Director.
Ted’s also especially proud of the work done with Camden STEAM. This collaboration involved local council, schools and youth organisations connecting with businesses and cultural organisations to create opportunities for young people. Ted hosted a 5-day Business Challenge for students, tasking them to choose an inspirational theme and design a pair of trainers. They then pitched to a panel of Ted’s trusty experts, with the winning team now working with our footwear designers to have their shoes made.
Whether half way across the globe or a little closer to home, Ted pledges to take care of the people at the very core of his community.