Here at Simon Jersey we take our corporate social responsibility very seriously. Learn more about our approach to our people, our impact on the environment and our commitment to ensure all garments are sourced responsibly by reading through our CSR initiatives.
WE'VE REDUCED OUR ENERGY USE BY 23% AT OUR HEAD OFFICE
Reducing our impact on the environment is incredibly important to us and we have recently achieved the ISO:14001 standard for our environmental management system. We have worked towards this standard for the last year, and our achievements include:
A high standard of training for all staff
23% reduction in energy usage
33% reduction in paper use
0% of our waste now goes to landfill
Despatch boxes are made from 100% recycled cardboard
INVESTORS IN PEOPLE
Simon Jersey has held the Investors in People standard since 1999 for the management and development of our team. In 2016 we were thrilled to achieve the bronze level standard, held by only a small number of organisations in the UK. Next year we plan to aim for the silver level award.
HEALTH & SAFETY
In 2017 we were awarded the OHSAS:18001 standard for our commitment to health and safety issues. Our work towards this standard led to improvements in all areas of the business and best in class standards for the safety of our team at work. Our business success depends upon people and therefore we are strongly committed to meeting not only our legal obligations under current and any future legislation in relation to corporate social responsibility, but to our moral obligation to following good practices in the identification and implementation of the measures needed to control any risks associated with activities.
Read more about our Social Compliance Policy.
IN THE COMMUNITY
Over the past 45 years we have been keen to support local groups, recent projects include supplying a new uniform to Rossendale Hospice which reached out to us for support in replacing uniform that was nine years old. We’ve also provided sports kits to local schools as part of the legacy of our work with Team GB and encouraging the next generation of sports people.
We donate unsold Simon Jersey uniforms to charities and organisations that can give them to people in need. We regularly give suiting items and separates to Suited & Booted and Smart Works which both provide interview outfits to people in the UK aiming to get back into work.
Recently, we also provided healthcare tunics to Inter Care and Safe Africa which provide medical equipment to health centres in different regions of Africa.
At Simon Jersey we fully recognise our responsibilities to the people we work with, the communities where we operate and the environment. Our aim is to lead the workwear industry in creating a more sustainable future.
We recognise that through our responsible business practices we can help to ensure that our customers can meet their ethical and environmental commitments too.
More than 1.2 million garments are manufactured under the Simon Jersey uniform brand every year so it is important that sustainability is high on our agenda. We recognise that it’s our duty to ensure everything manufactured on our behalf is done in a way that’s respectful of the people who make it and the environment.
To ensure that we meet the highest standards in terms of responsible sourcing, we have adopted a code of standards based on the ETI Base Code. We audit any new supplier at the start of our relationship with them, and at regular intervals, to ensure ongoing compliance with human rights, labour rights, anti-corruption measures and environmental responsibility.
We grade suppliers from level 1 to 5 and all potential suppliers must have already achieved level 3 before any contract is awarded. Where there are improvements to be made, we provide support and advice on how to meet our top level standards, which will benefit the people who work there and the local communities in the long term. We also regularly visit official Simon Jersey suppliers to ensure standards are maintained and see the results of any improvements. In addition to this, suppliers in Bangladesh, which is considered an at-risk country, must also be signed up to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety.
We believe in freely sharing our information which is why we’re members of Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) and expect all of our suppliers to register, complete the self-assessment questionnaires and also share their audit results freely online.
Simon Jersey is committed to ensure that all suppliers and subcontractors within the Supply Chain, with which Simon Jersey has a direct (contractually regulated) business relationship, shall sign our Code of Conduct Compliance Commitment, participate in our Code of Conduct Compliance Scheme and acknowledge our Labour Standards Assurance System.
MODERN SLAVERY ACT 2015
INTRODUCTION FROM KIERON TRAYNOR, GROUP CEO – BEST DRESSED GROUP LIMITED
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. Best Dressed Group recognises the importance of combatting the risks of servitude, forced labour and human trafficking in all our operations. Our corporate values centre on the principle that employment should be freely chosen and our processes built on an ethical foundation. We are committed to continuously improving our practices to identify and remediate modern slavery.
We act ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and we will strive to further implement and enforce effective systems and controls to prevent modern slavery from taking place in our own business or in our supply chain.
We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
For full details of our commitment to the Modern Slavery Act 2015, please click here.