Ethics & Sourcing
Traceability and transparency are key focuses for ensuring sustainable and ethical sourcing at Tigerlily. Our social audit program holds accountable all suppliers who are also signatories to our Code of Ethical Trade. By conducting regular visits with our suppliers, we see firsthand the conditions and standards in our partner factories. We have built trusted relationships with our long-term partners and have been auditing our suppliers for more than ten years.
“We have built trusted relationships with our long-term partners and have been auditing our suppliers for more than ten years.”
We engage the services of internationally recognised certification consultants Bureau Veritas, to conduct appropriate testing, inspections and audit services. This ensures our suppliers are visited annually and comply with international standards and our Code of Ethical Trade. Where Bureau Veritas auditing is not possible, suppliers are required to meet SMETA or BSCI standards
Our approach to conscious sourcing means we never seek a lowest-price partner. We aim to forge partnerships that contribute fairly and mindfully to benefit our partners, environment, customers and local communities.
Code of Ethical Trade
AT TIGERLILY WE OWN WORK WITH PARTNERS WHO ARE SIGNATORIES TO OUR CODE OF ETHICAL TRADE AND PART OF OUR SOCIAL AUDITING PROCESS
Our ethical sourcing program comprises of 11 mandatory requirements to trade. We are unwavering in our belief, there is no need to substitute quality on our mission to reduce our footprint and create equal opportunities and fair working conditions for all. At Tigerlily we only work with partners who are signatories to our code of ethical trade and part of our social auditing process.
Certifications & Auditing
When it comes to auditing at Tigerlily, we believe that specialised expertise is required. Bureau Veritas is an international certification agency that helps us with this, supporting the process with a dedicated team guiding us through our social auditing process of each partner. Our relationship with Bureau Veritas ensures compliance with our code as well as local and international regulatory requirements, allowing us to deliver product with confidence.
The criteria for each audit is structured around our code of conduct and standards equivalent to SA800 and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP). Before we start a partnership, we ensure they understand and agree to abide by our Code of Conduct. Each partnering factory joins our social audit program with an annual social audit inspection.
The assessment frequency is determined once the audit is complete. Corrective action plans are put into place where required and an agreed timeframe is recognized to correct any issue. The most important outcome is to encourage and support ongoing improvement.
To support our partners, we also accept other forms of certification (SMETA and BSCI) that adhere to the same international standards. SMETA stands for the SEDEX Members Ethical Trade Audit. The methodology practiced is based on the Ethical Trade Initiative Base Code. BSCI stands for the Business Social Compliance Initiative. Both certifications rely on expert auditing partners, including Bureau Veritas.
Our supply chain is made up of two Tiers. Tier One specifies all partners that manufacture product, Tier Two specifies all mills and printing houses.
CURRENTLY WE PARTNER WITH 28 TIER ONE SUPPLIERS.
Of those 26 (93%) are ethically certified
We are working with the remaining two partners to help them achieve accreditation.
Our goal is to ensure 100% of our Tier One
Partners are ethical certified by 2020.
As part of our commitment to traceability, we have identified twelve Tier Two Partners who provide fabric and trims to our 28 Tier One Partners. We know 11 (92%) of these suppliers hold our standard of accreditation. Our commitment is to continuously trace, audit and monitor our supply chain from end-to-end.
Through our partnership with Bureau Veritas all suppliers are monitored for ethical compliance, but we are also able to monitor environmental compliance for the following:
- Discharge of waste in water supply
- Disposal of chemical and solid waste
- Improper air emissions
- Handling of waste
- Use of authorized waste contractor
- Environmental permits
- Communication of environmental discharge to local community
Our future focus is the additional implementation of an assessment structure for:
- Water and Air emissions management
- Solid waste and hazardous substance management