Ethical trading

Bonmarché is committed to ensuring that our products are safe for our customers and manufactured under safe, fair and humane working conditions. Our products are primarily manufactured in markets outside of the UK.

Bonmarché’s suppliers are contracted to abide by standards specified by us in our supplier code of conduct, in line with retail industry standards. As a minimum requirement, suppliers must provide employees a safe place of work, whereby all local laws relating to health, safety and welfare in the workplace are met.

In 2017 we published our first Modern Slavery Statement in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, which sets out the steps taken by Bonmarché to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains

Bonmarché joined the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) in July 2013 as a foundation stage member and in December 2015 became a full member of 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.

These require members to:

  • demonstrate a clear commitment to ethical trade;
  • integrate ethical trade into their core business practices;
  • drive year-on-year improvements to working conditions;
  • support suppliers to improve working conditions, for example through advice and training;
  • report openly and accurately about their activities.

In July 2013, Bonmarché signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, a five-year legally binding agreement between 70 international labour organisations, non-governmental organisations, and retailers to further the goal of a safe, sustainable Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment industry in which no worker needs to fear fires, building collapses, or other accidents that could be prevented with reasonable health and safety measures. The Accord was sponsored and created by the IndustriALL Global Union and the UNI Global Union in alliance with leading NGOs, the Clean Clothes Campaign and the Workers Rights Consortium.

Bonmarché has been a member of Sedex, a platform for viewing 3rd party audits and supply base transparency, since August 2013. All suppliers are required to submit an independent 3rd party audit to SMETA standards. We continually review our supply base in order to  help us improve our buying and performance.