MARKS & SPENCER
Marks & Spencer say:
“As an own brand with influence over a quarter of million workers worldwide, we are in a unique position to set new trading standards that improve the lives and communities of those who work for and with us.”
Supply chain labour standards
Enabling suppliers to address difficult issues such as living wages and working hours through collaborative networking, conferences and the launch of an Ethical Exchange website. Setting up best practice projects including ethical model factories and a worker’s rights training programme.
Progress Summary March 2010
We’re confident that we’ve helped our suppliers address some difficult ethical trading issues this year through improved training, guidance and best practice trials. We’ve provided over 21,000 hours of supplier training, including ethical trade conferences which were attended by over 1,000 supplier representatives. We’ve also improved the range of training materials we provide for suppliers, publishing a new Global Workbook along with a DVD setting out the business case for ethical trade and covering practical solutions to common issues. By January 2009, three of our ethical model factories in Bangladesh had converted at least one line of production to improve productivity and increase wages. We plan to launch an ethical model factory in the UK and extend the programme to two further sourcing countries.