An Ethical Journey

Arco, the UK's leading supplier of personal protective equipment, workplace safety products and workwear, has joined some of the biggest names in British retailing in becoming a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), an alliance of companies, trade unions and non-profit organisations that aims to promote respect for the rights of workers worldwide.

Mike Ramirez, Technical Manager for Arco, explained, "Through the development and management of our Ethical Guide for Vendors and a regular ethical auditing programme, we have worked hard over the years to ensure that the care and welfare of workers manufacturing products for Arco is of paramount importance. Through the adoption and implementation of the 9 principles of the ETI's Base Code, we can now further develop our ethical trade strategies."

The ETI Code of Conduct is based on the following principles:

  • No-one should be forced to work
  • Workers are free to join and form trade unions and bargain with management
  • Working conditions are safe and hygienic
  • Child labour shall not be used
  • Living wages are paid
  • Working hours are not excessive
  • No discrimination is practised
  • Regular employment is provided
  • No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed

    Mike continued, "As a member of ETI, we will be able to share ideas and work on projects with companies and organisations that include Marks & Spencer, Boots, Next Retail, Oxfam GB and Save the Children; adding our enthusiasm and commitment to initiatives that promote greater fairness and protection for working people globally."

    ETI brings together a wide range of organisations from all parts of society with the aim of improving the lives of working people around the world. The Initiative is working to promote and improve the implementation of corporate codes of practice that cover supply chain working conditions.

    Click on the links below to view an article on Ethical Trading and Arco plus a comment written by Lotte Debell, Editor of Company Clothing magazine

    An Ethical Journey

    Comment from Lotte Debell

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