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What are the company’s vendor/supplier policies covering human rights and environmental standards across the supply chain?
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United Kingdom
Metric Type
Researched
Years
Company Groups
Value Type
Multi-Category
Unit
Range
Options
Annual Leave & Public Holidays
Anti-bribery Corruption & Presentation of False Information
Biodiversity & Conservation
Child Labour
Community Engagement
Contracts & Terms of Employment
Discrimination
Energy & Carbon Emissions
Equal Pay
Forced & Bonded Labour
Foreign & Migrant Labour
Freedom of Association Right to Organise & Collective Bargaining
Harassment & Violence
Health & Safety
Homeworking (2021 only)
Living Conditions/Dormitories
Maternity Rights & Parental Leave
Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) (2021 only)
Notice Period Dismissal & Disciplinary Action
Overtime Pay
Sub-contracting Outsourcing & Homeworkers
Sub-contracting (2021 only)
Wages & Financial Benefits (e.g. bonuses/insurance/social security/pensions)
Waste & Recycling (Packaging/Office/Facility)
Waste & Recycling (Product/Textiles)
Water Effluents & Treatment
Water Usage & Footprint
Working Hours & Rest Breaks
None
Research Policy
Designer Assessed
Report Type
Steward
Policies outline the minimum human rights and environmental standards that companies require their vendors and partners to implement throughout the supply chain. Having supplier policies in place shows that the company takes some responsibility for the practises that happen within its supply chain.

Methodology

In this question you are being asked to identify the company’s vendor/supplier policies covering human rights and environmental standards across the supply chain. Start by searching for published documents which set out the minimum human rights and environmental standards expected by the company for suppliers and/or vendors.

Documents to look for include:
- Code of Conduct
- Terms of Engagement
- Supplier Guidebook
- Company documents
- Company policies
- Company websites
- Company code of conduct
- Parent company documents (only if the parent company is linked to from the brands website)
- Parent company policies (only if the parent company is linked to from the brands website)
- Parent company websites (only if the parent company is linked to from the brands website)
- Parent company code of conduct (only if the parent company is linked to from the brands website)

NB: Code of Ethics that typically apply to the previous metric question (looking at policies that apply to the company's own operations) and do not count in this metric question, unless they explicitly state that the policies apply to suppliers.

Good keywords for your searches include:
- Animal Welfare
- Annual Leave & Public Holidays
- Anti-bribery, & Corruption & Presentation of False Information
- Biodiversity & Conservation
- Child Labour
- Community Engagement
- Contracts & Terms of Employment
- Discrimination
- Effluents
- Energy & Carbon Emissions
- Equal Pay
- Forced or Bonded Labour
- Foreign & Migrant Labour
- Freedom of Association, Right to Organise & Collective Bargaining
- Harassment & Violence
- Health & Safety
- Living Conditions/Dormitories
- Maternity Rights & Parental Leave
- Notice Period, Dismissal & Disciplinary Action
- Overtime Pay
- Restricted Substance List
- Sub-contracting, Outsourcing & Homeworkers
- Wages & Financial Benefits (e.g. bonuses, insurance, social security, pensions)
- Waste & Recycling (Textiles)
- Waste & Recycling (Other)
- Water Effluents & Treatment
- Water Usage & Footprint
- Working Hours & Rest Breaks

Things to watch out for:
- All of these issues must be explicitly stated in any policies.
- Business/Company code of conducts only apply if they explicitly state that they also apply to suppliers.
- For Waste & Recycling (Textiles), we are looking specific for policies on off-cuts and textile wastage or policy on waste resulting from defective stock or production samples.
- Equal Pay policy can sometimes be found within a discrimination policy. The discrimination policy must explicitly state that it includes pay/remuneration and gender/sex
- Biodiversity and Conservation policy can include deforestation and forest-based fibre policies
- Living Conditions/Dormitories policy can often be found within a health and safety policy