Hardscape have made substantial progress in strengthening its ethical trade programme for 2012/13 and calculates and analyses its data on a calendar year basis. This has been a key focus for Hardscape over the last two years, and we were pleased that the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) recognised our efforts by categorising Hardscape as an AchievephpTPYlem5031r this year, a significant step up from our Foundation status last year.

An Achiever is categorised as achieving sustainable improvements in working conditions and respect for worker rights by engagement with suppliers, trade unions, governments and customers. These actions are informed by, but go beyond its supplier assessment programme. The Achiever category is third in the ETI’s four progressive stages of a company’s commitment to, and performance of ethical trading: Foundation; Improver; Achiever; and Leader.

This means that we protect your brand by ensuring that child labour, slavery, bonded labour etc does not exist within our supply chain (anywhere) and that we collaborate with ETI, Government Authorities, NGOs and other business to place into practice the 9 Base Code Principles of ETI. Verification of membership may be secured by contacting ETI Head of Membership: refer www.ethicaltrade.org or Glenn Bradley the Ethical Trade Manager within Hardscape.