Reduce Single Use Plastics

We have set ourselves ambitious targets to reduce the use of single-use plastics throughout our supply chain. We need to be careful as often these plastics are protecting our fabrics or garments during transport and simply eliminating them would lead to more damage and wastage, easily outweighing the environmental cost of the plastics and compromising our core, “Durability = Sustainability” principle. Where we need to continue to use SUPs, we ensure that they are disposed of carefully and recycled where possible.

Target: 50% Reduction in SUP vs 2018 benchmark by end 2022

Clean Waste Water

Water pollution through the dyeing and finishing process is a massive global problem. We ensure that all of the factories supplying fabric to our supply chain have full water treatment plants and are fully inspected and compliant with the most stringent environmental legislation.

Goal achieved: 100% certified clean waste water

Recycled Polyester

Where we can, we plan to move to using recycled polyester. At present this fibre is more expensive and often doesn’t perform as well as “new fibre”, potentially compromising our “Durability = Sustainability” principle. However, we are working with suppliers at the forefront of this technology. By the end of 2019 we have committed to ensuring that 10% of our polyester is sourced from recycled sources (principally plastic bottles). We are targeting 25% by the end of 2020.

Target: 25% Recycled polyester purchases by end 2020

Sustainable Cotton

BCI - Better Cotton InitiativeWe are proud members of the Better Cotton Initiative/BCI. The Better Cotton Initiative/BCI connects people and organisations throughout the cotton sector, from field to store, to promote measurable and continuing improvements for the environment, farming communities and the economies of cotton-producing areas. By buying cotton products from Schoolblazer, you’re supporting the Better Cotton Initiative/BCI Farmers who use water efficiently, care for soil health and natural habitats, reduce use of the most harmful chemicals and respect workers’ rights and wellbeing. Better Cotton is sourced via a system of Mass Balance.

Target: We are committed to sourcing 50% of our cotton as Better Cotton by the end of 2022

Regular Employment

To every extent possible work performed must be on the basis of a recognised employment relationship established through national law and practice.

Obligations to employees under labour or social security laws and regulations arising from the regular employment relationship shall not be avoided through the use of labour-only contracting, sub-contracting or home-working arrangements, or through apprenticeship schemes where there is no real intent to impart skills or provide regular employment, nor shall any such obligations be avoided through the excessive use of fixed-term contracts of employment.

No Discrimination

There is no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation.

No Excessive Working Hours

Working hours comply with national laws , collective agreements, and the provisions of the below, whichever affords the greatest protection for workers. The below are based on international labour standards.

Working hours, excluding overtime, shall be defined by contract, and shall not exceed 48 hours per week.

All overtime shall be voluntary. Overtime shall be used responsibly, taking into account all the following: the extent, frequency and hours worked by individual workers and the workforce as a whole. It shall not be used to replace regular employment. Overtime shall always be compensated at a premium rate, which is recommended to be not less than 125% of the regular rate of pay.

The total hours worked in any seven-day period shall not exceed 60 hours, except where covered by the below.

Working hours may exceed 60 hours in any seven-day period only in exceptional circumstances where all of the following are met:

  • This is allowed by national law;
  • This is allowed by a collective agreement freely negotiated with a workers’ organisation representing a significant portion of the workforce;
  • Appropriate safeguards are taken to protect the workers’ health and safety;
  • The employer can demonstrate that exceptional circumstances apply such as unexpected production peaks, accidents or emergencies.

Workers shall be provided with at least one day off in every seven-day period or, where allowed by national law, two days off in every 14-day period.

Living Wages

Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week meet, at a minimum, national legal standards or industry benchmarks, whichever is higher. In any event wages should always be high enough to meet basic needs and to provide some discretionary income.

All workers shall be provided with written and understandable information about their employment conditions in respect of wages before they enter employment, and about the particulars of their wages for the pay period concerned each time that they are paid.

Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure shall not be permitted nor shall any deductions from wages not provided for by national law be permitted without the express and informed permission of the worker concerned. All disciplinary measures should be recorded.

No Child Labour

There shall be no recruitment of child labour (under 16).

Young people aged 16 and 17 should not be employed on a regular basis.

On the rare occasions that young people aged 16 and 17 are employed then they shall not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions.