Wherever we are we want to give something back to our local communities,
that’s why we partner up each of our shops with a small charity in their local area.
As we grow, we’re supporting more and more local charities. Each time we open a new shopwe ask our customers and shopkeepers to tell us about small local charities doing good stuff in their local area – that way we know we’re selecting a partner charity that will make a real difference in your community.
For us, doing good stuff isn’t just about local charities.
We also help support scholarships in India through our Made For Change initiative.
For each of our amazing Made For Change bags sold, the profits go towards helpingto educate some of the kids of the brilliant people who work for us.
Over the last five years we are proud to say that with your help we’ve raised funds for over 1,300scholarships and will continue to reinvent our bags to support our scholarship programme.
We’re really proud that wherever we are we’re doing our bit to help support local communities,
and every time you buy a charity product or support our fundraising initiatives, you’ll be giving back
to your local community too.
All of our partner charities are supported through the White Stuff Foundation, registered charity number: 1134754
We care about the workers who make our products, that’s why we continually check the working conditions in the factories that they work in. We think about the whole White Stuff world – that’s over 160 factories across 16 countries and a total of 60,000 workers.
We believe in doing good stuff and that means looking after our people. We don’t tolerate poor working conditions or people being treated unfairly, if we find people in any part of our supply chain working in these conditions, we will take action to help resolve issues in a fair and responsible way.
We have our very own White Stuff auditors who have been specially trained to our White Stuff methodology. They audit our factories regularly to make sure the conditions are safe for our workers, ensuring they are being treated fairly and paid correctly.
Our Code of Conduct, (which you can download here) informs the factory managers and workers of the standards we expect to find. To make sure this is really clear we have had it translated into the languages of each of the countries where our products are made. Our auditors ensure that it is displayed on notice boards for the workers to see. All our suppliers are required to demonstrate compliance to our Code of conduct.
It’s not just about looking around the factories, it’s also about talking to the workers. By creating conversations with the workers in our supply chain we can delve deeper and find out how happy they are in their workplace. It is through these conversations, we are getting a deeper insight into how they are being treated and crucially if conditions have improved when we go back and visit.
In addition we have been working with key suppliers to keep ethical sourcing at the heart of what they do. We have engaged directly with workers and held training sessions to raise awareness of their rights and in turn our factories have committed to make continual improvements.
We’ve been members of the Ethical Trading Initiative since 2013 – an organisation that brings together retailers and other organisations to share learnings, join projects and work closely on supply chain initiatives.
We have checked the conditions of all the factories who directly manufacture our White Stuff products. Now we are starting to look further down the supply chain at the fabric mills, printers and dyers. We need to ensure that they too have good ethical practices and those practices are sustainable.
Textiles (fabric) makes up 80% of the product we sell and the workers in these factories are very important to us.
Our social responsibility doesn’t stop at humans. We’re a company of animal lovers too, welcoming pets into our shops and head office. Our Product Standards (which you can download here) show how we make sure respect is shown at all times across our production process.
Green is one of our favourite colours, but we don’t just wear it, we live and breathe it.
We spend a lot of time figuring out how to do minimal damage to the world around us.
We invest time and money in working in environmentally friendly ways. We show everyone who
works at White Stuff how to keep energy usuge low and make sure they’re mindful of their ‘footprint’-
from thinking of the trees when we print, to cutting back on our air miles.
We use sustainable packaging wherever we can, recycle with fervour, reduce waste
and water usage…and actively help our supply chain to do the same.
Our shops are full of reclaimed and upcycled bits and bobs.
It’s not just a style statement, it’s an ethical choice
We’ve set up a Green Stuffers Team to review and manage our energy
efficiency and environmental policies and make sure that