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SUSTAINABILITY

John Marks is committed to:

  • Constantly improving policies in line with new technology

  • Follow quality, health and safety guidelines

  • Combine ethically produced garments that are also fit for purpose and durable

  • Ensuring both short and long term sustainability.

  • Offering equal opportunities to in house and factory staff (see our Diversity Policy)

 

John Marks only use ethical supply chains, and has long standing relationships with its dedicated suppliers and manufacturers. Constantly striving to supply garments that are sustainable and ethical on every level by:

  • Utilizing recycled bottles

  • Redirecting plastic waste from landfill

  • Offering post-consumer polyester from seas, rivers and pre-landfill

  • Supplying organic and vegan shirts/polos (new products being developed all the time)

  • Re-using and recycling packaging including boxes, hangers and bags

 

JOHN MARKS SUSTAINABILITY ACCREDITATIONS

 

 

WRAP Principles are based on generally accepted international workplace standards, local laws and workplace regulations, and include the spirit or language of relevant conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

 

Having a WRAP certification shows that production is dedicated to ethical and responsible business standards. It demonstrates that the laws have been obeyed, treats workers with dignity and respect, and are conscious of the impact the operation has on the environment. The WRAP certificate is a recognized symbol of a commitment to uphold social and ethical standards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sedex is a membership organisation that provides one of the world’s leading online platforms for companies to manage and improve working conditions in global supply chains.

They provide practical tools, services and a community network to help companies improve their responsible and sustainable business practices, and source responsibly.

 

 

 

 

OEKO-Tex – Standard 100 is awarded to companies who are independently audited to confirm that no harmful chemicals are used anywhere in garment production. This ensures that every thread, button and other accessories, have been tested for harmful substances thereby rendering it harmless to human health.

 

An Amfori accreditation requires a company to operate their business in a way which is ethical, transparent and sustainable is their mission.

 

They offer holistic trade, social and environment services to improve the resilience and sustainability of businesses global sourcing strategy.

 

They will ensure that they can fulfil their mission to enable organisations to enhance human prosperity, use natural resources responsibly and drive open trade globally. As part of this mission, they are helping their members to work towards the fulfilment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

 

 

 

 

 

REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) compliance deals with the regulations that were created to improve the environment and protect human health. REACH addresses the risks associated with chemicals and promotes alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances.

 

The aim of EU REACH is to provide a high level of protection for human health and the environment from the use of chemicals ensuring manufacturers who place chemicals on the market are responsible for understanding and managing the risks associated with their use. Reach promotes the use of alternative materials in place of hazardous substances.

 

 

 

 

Fairtrade is a system of certification that aims to ensure a set of standards are met in the production and supply of a product. For farmers and workers, Fairtrade means workers’ rights, safer working conditions and fairer pay. For consumers it means high quality, ethically produced products.

 

Choosing Fairtrade means standing with farmers for fairness and equality, against some of the biggest challenges the world faces. It means farmers creating change, from investing in climate friendly farming techniques to developing women in leadership.

 

 

 

 

 

Textile Exchange develops and manages standards that provide the industry with a way to verify sustainability claims, from raw materials to the final product. All Textile Exchange standards are developed through a multi-stakeholder approach to address gaps in available verification tools working to ensure that standards meet the needs of a growing and changing industry.

 

Their expertise is in standards development, revision, and ownership. Certification is conducted through third-party certification bodies (CBs).

 

 

 

 

This logo is a registered trademark for products that do not contain animal products or by-products and that have not been tested on animals.

 

 

Fair Wear Certified

The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is an independent, non-profit organisation that works with companies and factories to improve labour conditions for garment workers, with a stringent certification process.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND DIVERSITY POLICY

 

We recognise everyone is an individual and we encourage a working environment in which diversity is recognised, valued and encouraged. We are committed to principles of fairness and mutual respect in which the concept of individual responsibility is accepted by all. Fundamentally we believe that during your employment you should treat and be treated by other employees and customers and those associated with the Company with respect and consideration. It is the responsibility of all employees to ensure they observe and adhere to this policy at all times. Employees will be held personally liable as well as, or instead of, the Company, for any act of unlawful discrimination. Acts of discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimisation against employees or customers or suppliers are disciplinary offences and will be dealt with under the Company’s disciplinary procedure. Conduct of this type will often be gross misconduct which can lead to dismissal without notice. Discrimination in the workplace is unacceptable and in most cases unlawful. We have therefore adopted this policy to ensure that all job applicants and employees along with those who use our services are treated fairly and without favour or prejudice. When recruiting new employees the selection methods we adopt are solely related to the basis of an applicant’s capability to perform the role. We do not seek irrelevant qualifications and welcome applications from all.

 

No job applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of their:

  • Age

  • Religion or Belief

  • Disability

  • Pregnancy or Maternity

  • Gender Reassignment

  • Sex

  • Marriage or Civil Partner status

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin)

 

The above are referred to as ‘Protected Characteristics’.

All employees have a duty to act in accordance with this policy and treat colleagues with dignity at all times, and not to discriminate against or harass other employees, regardless of their status. In employment terms, our Policies will ensure that all employees are treated equally in respect of recruitment, training, performance, promotion and access to benefits and when dealing with grievance or disciplinary issues. We are also committed to ensuring that these principles are applied in the way that all employees work together and deal with and are dealt with by customers. Each and every employee of the Company regardless of role or position is therefore key to the success of this policy. We expect every employee to make a positive contribution towards creating an environment of equal opportunity and fairness through the organisation by observing this policy. In particular employees have an individual responsibility to adopt the following:

  • Refrain from pursuing actions or taking decisions which are contrary to the spirit of this policy

  • Not to harass, abuse or intimidate anyone on account of their Protected Characteristics

  • Do not place pressure on other employees to act in a discriminatory manner

  • Resist pressure to discriminate and report any and all such behaviour

WRAP
SEDEX
OEKO TEX
AMFORI
rEACH cOMPLIANCE
Fairtrade
AMFORI
Vegan
Fair Wear
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