We know we have a special duty to protect the welfare of workers in our supply chain. Since 2004, we’ve been on a journey to continually improve and extend the scope and effectiveness of our programme. We’re proud to have been one of the first large companies in New Zealand to create a formal ethical sourcing policy.
You might be asking yourself, what exactly is ethical sourcing? In short, it’s all about ensuring that the products made are obtained through responsible and sustainable methods.
For us, that means that only factories which meet or exceed our standards can supply goods bearing one of The Warehouse’s private labels. Our standards are not easy to meet, because our customers and communities deserve it. The overall pass rate for new factory submissions in 2019 was just 60%, ensuring that the factories entering our supply chain are up to scratch from the outset.
In addition to a policy and guidelines to influence our suppliers, we also participate in several programmes and initiatives that work to benefit the people within our supply chain. These include programmes like HERproject, the Better Cotton Initiative and The Responsible Business Alliance.
Learn more about our efforts in ethical sourcing here.