Our commitment to responsible sourcing across our business
Responsible sourcing is something Boden feels very strongly about so we have a dedicated ethical trade team that works closely with all areas of the business. We want to ensure that the products made for Boden are always responsibly sourced. This is no small job, so we continuously collaborate with a range of external stakeholders, other brands and retailers, in addition to working closely with our suppliers, to progress our work in supply chains.
Where our clothes are made
Since the early days of Boden, working with people who understand who we are as a brand and our values as a company has been fundamental to our success. We select our suppliers and factories around the world based on their expertise, workmanship and attention to detail. We consider these suppliers as partners and, where we can, cultivate long-term relationships that support the delivery of beautiful clothes for our customers.
Transparency and traceability are principles that we believe go together. The first tier of our supply chain is where the majority of production takes place and currently numbers 160 factories, across 18 countries (Cambodia, China, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Mauritius, Morocco, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Tunisia, United Kingdom and Vietnam). We’re proud to share with you the list of factories we work with – that’s why we published our first-tier factory list in May 2018.
We want you to know who’s making your clothes, they’re a vital part of our operation, and that’s why we published our first-tier factory list in May 2018.
By their nature, global supply chains are extremely complex and it’s no small challenge to map them. We have been gathering data from our product suppliers in order to trace our supply chains down and across the tiers. This is a work in progress and we will be sharing how we are getting on with you as we continue on this journey.
How we work with suppliers
We consider suppliers our partners, with honesty and openness at the core of the relationship. It’s important we strive for continuous improvement, working together to ensure we are meeting both our commitments and creating a happy, healthy place to work. Positive change takes time, and we start our relationships how we mean to go on: by being open about our expectations from the beginning.
When suppliers start working with Boden, they sign up to our Responsible Sourcing Commitment, which is an essential part of the terms and conditions of working with us.
Our programme is constantly evolving, but it is centred on the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code, an internationally recognised set of labour standards (based on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions). It helps us and all ETI members drive improvements in working conditions across the world.
Read more about the ETI Base Code: https://ethicaltrade.org/eti-base-code.
We’re always looking at new ways to engage and develop our relationships with our suppliers, whether through on-site project work or conferences, workshops and brand collaboration. Our teams & senior management frequently meet suppliers at Boden’s HQ and at their offices and factories around the world.
In 2018 we are taking this open approach to the next level and will be asking suppliers to participate in the Better Buying Initiative, giving them a unique opportunity to feedback collectively and anonymously on what we are doing well and what we need to work on.
Read more information about the Better Buying Initiative here: https://betterbuying.org/.