Ethical trading initiative & The Modern Slavery Act
The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a unique alliance of Companies, Trade Unions (TU) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), working in partnership to improve conditions for workers within supply chains which provide goods to the UK & Ireland consumer market.
Hardscape are Full Members of the ETI having graduated to Achiever Status within the membership assessment and ranking process. Our vision is a world where all workers are free from exploitation and discrimination, and work in conditions of freedom, security & equity.
Hardscape are committed to the fair treatment of anyone involved in the manufacture of our products and this commitment delivers that we protect your brand by ensuring that a policy based on the ETI Base Code (the internationally recognised standard for labour codes of practice) along with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights is rolled out in our supply chain thus proving we are actually completing, at ground truth, our stated commitment.
The Modern Slavery Act: what does it mean for landscape architects?
Glenn Bradley, Group Ethical Trade Manager at Hardscape, is spearheading changes around business and human rights in the UK and Ireland in relation to Modern Slavery. Here he explains what this means for landscape architects and why the industry needs to take action.
Hardscape: leading by example
Hardscape’s core business beliefs are centred around the three-tier framework of the United Nations guiding principles for business and human rights: we guarantee that our supply chain workforce are protected and respected. Since 2007, Hardscape has been instrumental in campaigning for increased transparency and accountability in its supply chain. Through collaborative work in the Business and Human Rights Forums (of which Glenn is currently the Chair) Hardscape can demonstrate input to the UK and Irish Government National Action Plans for Business and Human Rights specific to the UN Guiding Principles.
As a pioneering member and facilitator within the Rajasthan Sandstone Working Group of ETI in India, Hardscape has collaborated with FCO Human Rights, Rajasthan State Authorities, TUs and NGOs to improve workers’ rights and the lives of Masons manufacturing the Sandstone. This is best demonstrated in Hardscape’s work with the Dalit Solidarity Network (DSN UK) and Anti Slavery International (ASI) throughout their supply chain to address the issues of the most vulnerable workers – the Dalit peoples – who are too often invisible and ignored.
Hardscape is on the Modern Slavery Act registry and is currently ranked at achiever level in the corporate membership of the Ethical Trade Institute, as shown in the most recent report from February 2018.
For further information on our Modern Slavery Act commitment:
Hardscape are committed to:
- Ensuring employment is freely chosen
- Ensuring Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining by our work force is respected
- Ensuring that working conditions are safe and hygienic
- Ensuring that Child labour will not be used in our production process
- Ensuring that living wages are paid
- Ensuring that working hours are not excessive
- Ensuring that no discrimination on any grounds is practiced in the workforce
- Ensuring that regular employment is provided
- Ensuring that no harsh or inhuman treatment is allowed
- Working with our supply chain partners to ensure a process of continuous, incremental improvement