BESTSELLER JOINS THE BRITISH ETHICAL TRADING INITIATIVE

BESTSELLER HAS BECOME A FOUNDATION STAGE MEMBER OF THE BRITISH ETHICAL TRADING INITIATIVE (ETI), WHICH IS A LEADING ALLIANCE OF COMPANIES, TRADE UNIONS AND NGOS THAT PROMOTES RESPECT FOR WORKERS’ RIGHTS AROUND THE GLOBE.

BRANDE, Denmark, 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — By becoming a Foundation Stage Member of the ETI, BESTSELLER has committed to adopting the ETI Base Code, a model code of labour practices, as well as following ETI’s Principles of implementation. This means that we will work in close collaboration with the other ETI members to tackle the many complex questions about how to trade ethically and how to make a positive difference to workers’ lives. After two years of being a Foundation Stage Member, BESTSELLER will become a Full Member, taken that the commitment during the trial period has been demonstrated in practice.

Ethical trading is not new to BESTSELLER
Back in 2008, BESTSELLER was one of the founders of the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative (DIEH) which is the Danish sister organisation of ETI consisting of a broad variety of Danish companies. However, after 7 years, BESTSELLER has decided to resign and instead join the ETI to engage with other large international fashion companies that are met with the same expectations and face the same challenges.

“Through our membership of DIEH we have already participated in some of ETI’s working groups, but becoming a member ourselves will leave us with much better opportunities for influencing the work within the groups and help drive positive changes,“ says Mogens Werge, Sustainability Director in BESTSELLER.

BESTSELLER is also engaged in other multi-stakeholder initiatives, such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) that works to find a universal approach for measuring sustainable performance.

“As a single company we often have very little leverage to tackle issues that are deeply rooted in country cultures and that require fundamental changes. Therefore, joining forces within the industry and taking a collaborative approach is the most efficient way of making real sustainable improvements when working with complex supply chains as in the apparel and footwear industry,” says Mogens Werge.

Read more about ETI here: http://www.ethicaltrade.org/

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