In today’s world, knowing and understanding where the products you buy come from is easier than ever. This is because many companies have ethical sourcing programs in place, allowing their supply chains to be made visible. This blog post will offer guidance on what you should look out for to ensure that you are purchasing ethically sourced products.
What are ethical sourcing programs?
The demand for ethically sourced products has grown rapidly in recent years. This is why many companies have put in place ethical sourcing programs, to highlight what they are doing to make a difference. There are several key elements to ensuring that a material or product has been ethically sourced. Companies should ensure that human rights are met, workers are paid a fair wage, factories are safe environments and that sustainability is upheld.
What to look out for?
There are some tell-tale signs that a company is practising ethical sourcing. A detailed and thorough policy on their website makes it clear that they are committed to being ethical. This can cover factors such as preventing modern slavery and child labour, ensuring sustainable environmental practices and monitoring the ethical business practice of employees.
Smaller companies may choose to use an external firm to ensure that they are sourcing ethically. This third party can audit manufacturers to ensure that they are complying with ethical sourcing.
PPE and ethical sourcing
This year, one key area which has seen a large increase in sales is PPE suppliers, as the worldwide demand for items such as masks, gloves and medical gowns has grown. When purchasing PPE, customers need to be aware of the processes involved in sourcing and manufacturing the materials and products.
Platinum has a rigorous program in place which ensures that all of our products are sourced ethically and abide by the rules and procedures set in place. When purchasing our PPE products, you can be assured that you are supporting an ethical company that has also supplied products to the Australian government.