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Responsible Sourcing

Like our customers, we care about doing the right thing – not only here in New Zealand but everywhere we operate.  We take seriously our responsibility to maintain labour and environmental standards in our supply chain.

We have a comprehensive ethical sourcing programme in place to assess our supplier factories and ensure worker rights in regard to health & safety, working hours, wages and benefits are protected. We also actively monitor environmental standards in these factories.

Our aim is to ensure our customers have confidence that our products have been ethically sourced. We do this by focusing on the qualification of new factories, ongoing monitoring and training, and supporting joint industry programmes such as the Better Cotton Initiative and Forest Stewardship Council.

We recognise that many women working in developing country supply chains have limited health knowledge and often lack access to critical health services and products.  This is particularly true in Bangladesh – an important source for our garment manufacture. To ensure that these women have the information and access to health services they need, we have partnered with HERproject – an initiative educating female workers through workplace-based programmes on feminine and family health, and financial literacy. 

 

The Warehouse Ethical Sourcing Report

Our public reporting provides an in depth description of how our programme works and the benefits it brings to workers and the environment. We also disclose the name and location of the factories manufacturing our products.

 

Recent Report 2023

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Previous Reports

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HER Project

We recognise that women working in global supply chains, many of whom are young and undereducated migrants, have limited health knowledge and often lack access to critical health services and products.

This is particularly true in Bangladesh – an important source for our garment manufacture. 

To ensure that these women have the information and access to health services they need, we have partnered with HERproject, an initiative educating female workers through workplace-based programmes on feminine and family health, and financial literacy. 

In 2019, The Warehouse partnered with two of its Bangladesh suppliers and Business for Social Responsibility’s HERproject business initiative to deliver the 18-month long HERhealth training to female workforces in these two factories.

The work was closely followed and supported by our ethical sourcing specialists based in our Dhaka Sourcing office and jointly funded by The Warehouse and its two suppliers - ImpressNewtex Composite and Manami Fashions.

HERhealth follows the HERproject methodology, delivering workplace-based interventions with a dual approach:

• Provide guidance to managers on policies and systems improvements so that managers can build inclusive workplaces for women.

• Small groups (5%) of women within the factories and farms learn key information. They then become Peer Educators and share this information with colleagues.

We are really proud of the outcomes of this partnership and plan to commence two new HERproject programmes in Bangladesh in 2023.