Ethical Trading

Ethical Trading

At BBS Natural Stone, we take the treatment of workers extremely seriously. As members of the Ethical Stone Register (ESR) we are committed to ensuring that all of BBS's suppliers, both here in the UK and overseas, work and trade ethically.

The Ethical Stone Register (ESR) is a leading alliance of companies that promote respect for workers' rights around the globe. Its vision is a world where all workers are free from exploitation and discrimination, and enjoy conditions of freedom, security and equity. It ensures workers, worldwide, have safe working conditions, avoid child exploitation and constantly improve conditions through education.

BBS are fully committed to ethical trade, and adopt a code of labour practice and expect all our suppliers to work towards this too. The codes address issues like wages, hours of work, health and safety and the right to join free trade unions.

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We work closely with our supply chains to ensure that ethical work practices are implemented and followed. By supporting our suppliers with practical assistance, for example, by gifting Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for suppliers employees or giving assistance on health and safety initiatives, we continually demonstrate our commitment to promote respect for workers’ rights worldwide.

All historic and published Ethical Trading Initiative documentation and reporting was carried out during BBS' membership of the Ethical Trading Initiative as part of their General Merchandise sector. BBS have joined the Ethical Stone Register as part of our membership of The Stone Federation, to further our work on ensuring our products are procured ethically and transparently, having full focus on the stone industry.

Our Commitment to Ethical Trading

Our goals and needs for the ESR are communicated to our supply chains, and the need for our suppliers to buy in to the work we are undertaking is fixed.

Our commitment to responsible sourcing practices is total, and our plans and objectives are continually monitored to ensure our due diligence practices are maintained. We work closely with our supply chains and with the employees as well as the employers.

Constantly working to promote the ethical trade initiative, we are proud of our values and know that as one of the leading natural stone suppliers in the UK, our ethical footprint ensures that the natural stone and hard landscaping materials for your project - whether it is a multi-million pound city centre redevelopment, housing development or single private dwelling, has been extracted, finished and transported ethically.

Further details of the Ethical Stone Register can be found here.

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