ETHICAL TRADING PROCESS
Corporate Responsibility is at the heart of Skeena S’s business practices, reinforcing the heritage and authenticity of the brand.
Skeena S Ethical Trading Policy
Code of Conduct
The Skeena S Ethical Trading Policy includes a detailed Ethical Trading Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct contains, amongst other requirements, conditions whereby factories producing Skeena S goods must ensure: Employment is freely chosen, child labour shall not be used, and no harsh or inhumane treatment will occur.
European Contract Worker Policy
The Skeena S Ethical Trading Policy also includes the Skeena S European Contract Worker Policy, specifically intended to protect workers who may be potentially vulnerable to the exploitation regrettably existent in certain flows of international contract labour. This Policy refers to international human rights norms and, in particular, factories are required to ensure all workers retain passports, ID Cards, bankcards and similar documents to facilitate their unhindered freedom of movement.
2. Ethical Trading Conditions applicable to Supplier Approval
The Skeena S Ethical Trading Code of Conduct and Skeena S Foreign Contract Worker Policy are implemented throughout Skeena S’s Global supply chain.
For all factories involved in the manufacture of products for or on behalf of Skeena S, compliance with the Skeena S Ethical Trading Policy, including the Skeena S Ethical Trading Code of Conduct and the Skeena S Foreign Contract Worker Policy, as well as all other local laws and relevant international standards, is a requirement of doing business with Skeena S.
Before Skeena S approves a new supplier they need to adhere to The ‘Ethical Trading Code of Conduct’ and ‘The European Contract Worker Policy.’ All standards must be met to produce Skeena S goods.
Audits (whether initial approval audits or on-going compliance audits) are conducted either by a member of Skeena S or by third party independent auditors.
Given Skeena S’s overriding objective to improve worker conditions, where any factories involved in the production of Skeena S goods do not demonstrate a commitment to the Skeena S Ethical Trading Policy and do not show improvements in conditions for workers, an Ethical Trading escalation procedure is communicated to the factory through a number of warning emails, visits and meetings and final warning letters. As a last resort Skeena S may take the decision to terminate the business relationship, although all practicable steps to ensure worker safety are taken before this is undertaken.
Modern Slavery Statement Supplier Contract
This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Skeena S has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Skeena S has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
Skeena S is a British Womenswear Digital Print Brand. Our printing and garment manufacture are located both in Europe.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
Anti-slavery policy. This policy sets out the organisation’s stance on modern slavery and explains how employees can identify any instances of this and where they can go for help.
Recruitment policy. We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
Whistleblowing policy. We operate a whistleblowing policy so that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
Code of business conduct. This code explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.
Skeena S does not use any products sourced from animals. All fabrics used are ethically sourced and synthetic. All dyes used are non hazardous and comply with the EU rules and regulations. As a brand we only work with suppliers who are REACH compliant.
As an emerging brand we have a small visible supply chain. Manufacturing in Poland provides us with great quality products, ethically sourced that are well made.
As a brand we are conscious of our carbon footprint, by manufacturing in Poland we transport goods by road over in bulk to reduce our carbon footprint.