We are thrilled to announce that our partner factories are SMETA audited (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) - one of the most widely used ethical audit formats, covering Sedex’s four pillars of Labour, Health and Safety, Environment and Business Ethics. As the issue of sustainability has grown ever more important, long-term business success can only be ensured if human rights are acknowledged and protected.
This pioneering & globally-recognised standard improves ethical practices throughout the supply chain & emphasises that we care about the protecting of our suppliers and their workforce.
“For us the business case is simple. We need to ensure that the suppliers we partner with are working in an ethical manner, and SMETA offers robust ethical audits that help inform and guide us when making these decisions. And because our suppliers can share those audits with multiple buyers, we all avoid unnecessary duplication, saving time and money across the supply chain.”Sharon Childs – Finance Director and Head of Sustainability at The Sourcing Team
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was developed through collaboration by leading standard setters with the aim of defining requirements that are recognised world-wide and that ensure the organic status of textiles from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to labelling in order to provide credible assurance to the consumer.
Since its introduction in 2006 the Global Organic Textile Standard has already demonstrated its practical feasibility. Supported by the growth in consumption of organic fibres and by the remarkable demand for unified processing criteria from the industry and retail sector, it has gained universal recognition, enabling processors and manufacturers to supply their organic textiles with one certification accepted in all major markets. With the introduction of the logo and labelling system the GOTS is already visible not only on the shelves of natural textile shops but large-scale retailers and brand dealers as well. This is a milestone in consumer recognition and a strong acknowledgement of our reliable quality assurance concept.
Bellfield's range of 100% organic t-shirts are GOTS certified. Bellfield is highly commited to treating our planet kindly and improving our impact on the environment by working with such fabrics and processes.