Bonmarché awarded full membership into the Ethical Trading Initiative

Bonmarché joined the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) as a Foundation Stage Member in July 2013 and has now been confirmed as a Full Member.

The ETI promotes respect for workers’ rights around the globe.

Full membership was granted because of Bonmarché’s commitment to ethical practice within its core business, for supporting suppliers to improve working conditions and for the company’s collaboration with other brands seeking to drive positive change in the work environment.

Speaking about this achievement, Wiebke Flach, ETI Head of Membership said, “When companies join ETI they are effectively making a statement that they are serious about ethical trade and that they want to be part of a leading community of socially conscious brands. Since it joined us, Bonmarché has engaged fully with working groups. By awarding full membership we recognise their clear commitment to ethical trade and to driving year-on-year improvements to working conditions.”

Ian Leader, Quality and Sourcing Manager at Bonmarché said, “This is an important milestone of recognition in how we operate as a business. Bonmarché takes great pride in ensuring our products are safe for customers and manufactured under safe, fair and humane working conditions. We look forward to working with the organisation to fulfil the commitments that ETI membership entails.”

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For further information regarding Bonmarché, please call:

FTI Consulting – Communications adviser
Jonathon Brill, Josephine Corbett
+44 (0)20 3727 1109

Notes to Editors:
Bonmarché is one of the UK’s largest women’s value retailers, focused on selling stylish, affordable, premium quality clothing and accessories in a wide range of sizes for women over 50 years old, via its own store portfolio, website, mail order catalogues and through the Ideal World TV shopping channel. Established in 1982, Bonmarché has more than 30 years of experience in this growing market segment, operating across the UK.

About the ETI:
The ETI is an alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations with a commitment to ethical trade, who adopt the ETI base code, widely acknowledged as a model code of labour practice derived from the Conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) that they expect all their suppliers to work towards. Since 1998, the ETI has been working in partnership with its members to improve the lives of workers in global supply chains. In addition to adopting the base code, members of the ETI must also agree to adopt the ETI’s Principles of Implementation.