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Ethical policies
Ethical policies
Over recent years there has been a growing demand for all organisations in the retail supply chain to demonstrate that they operate in an ethical manner.  Here at Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Bury we believe strongly in these principles and have fully adopted the policies and procedures of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)*.
 
 
Ethical trading means that retailers, brands and suppliers must take responsibility for improving the working conditions of the people who make the products they sell, many of which are produced in poor countries where laws to protect workers' rights are often inadequate or not enforced.  We, like many other companies, have adopted a code of practice, which our suppliers must agree to.  This stipulates minimum wages, working conditions, hours of work, health and safety and the right to join free trade unions.
 


As a demonstration of this commitment we have been members of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) for a number of years and we recently undertook a combined Walmart and Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA).  This rigorous two day audit allowed us to examine and benchmark our policies and procedures against demanding standards in areas such as personnel management, fire prevention and health and safety.  The feedback from the audit was very positive and it has provided us with further opportunities to improve our business practice.



 
* The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers' rights around the globe. 
 
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