This week we're focusing on ETI Base Code 4: Child labour shall not be used
Hardscape sources stone and hard landscaping materials from quarries all over the world, including Italy, Portugal, Spain, Netherlands, Ireland, China and India. We have long-term productive partnerships with suppliers to ensure that everyone involved throughout the supply-chain process is treated fairly.
We do this by adhering to a set of 9 Base Code Principles, outlined by the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) – a unique alliance of Companies, Trade Unions (TU) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), working in partnership to improve conditions for workers who provide goods to the UK & Ireland.
Over the coming months, we’ll outline each of the 9 ETI Base Code Principles to demonstrate the high standards we expect from our suppliers, as well as our commitment to freedom, security and equality for workers.
Beyond the code, we’re committed to seeing our supply chain workers’ performance improve continuously and desire to see fair trade implemented globally – which takes time, sensitivity and understanding.
ETI Base Code 1. Employment is freely chosen
There is no forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour in our supply chain, from manufacturing through to point-of-sale.
Hardscape’s commitment to the ETI will never allow work as means of repayment for a loan (bonded labour) to take place and ensures all of its staff are paid fairly. Workers are not required to lodge “deposits” or identity papers with their employer and are free to leave employment after reasonable notice.