At Thumbs-Up Safety we have always been proud of our strong reputation in the marketplace for quality and assurance. Our aim has always been to provide ethically-sourced and trusted products. Yet, like many businesses we also recognise the growing need to demonstrate a robust, co-ordinated and well-documented approach to managing our broad social, environmental and ethical impacts.
The workwear market is a truly global operation and we know that our biggest opportunities to make a positive impact lay within the wider supply chain:
◼ To promote the highest ethical practices within our manufacturing partners
◼ To utilise lifecycle thinking to design better, longer-lasting and environmentally-beneficial products
These two areas are the focus for our ongoing Responsible Business Programme.
Supply Chain Partnership
As a responsible business, we choose to work with organisations who share our values and are committed to ethical business practice. We believe in an open and transparent approach across the supply chain and seek to provide our customers with up-to-date and accurate data about our performance and that of our suppliers.
A key part of this is to ensure we can demonstrate ongoing compliance with both the Modern Slavery Act and global standards such as the Ethical Trade Initiative Base Code. To this end, we have a rigorous 5 stage process to ensure the ethical and environmental performance of our suppliers. Where concerns are identified, either during our own visits or independent SEDEX audits, we will actively work with our suppliers to address these issues and support ongoing improvement.
A ‘circular’ approach
We wholeheartedly believe that a more ‘circular’ approach to workwear design can deliver ongoing benefits to manufacturers, customers, end-users and the wider environment. Choosing trusted designs and long-lasting materials alongside efficient manufacturing processes and practical in-use care instructions can significantly extend the life of your workwear, thereby cutting cost and minimising waste. In fact, WRAP estimate that extending a garment’s use by just 3 months will reduce its overall carbon & water impact by as much as 10%.*
By choosing Thumbs-Up Safety as your workwear partner you can be confident that you are working with a supplier who is committed to helping you find the high-quality, assured products you need.