Ethical Policy Statement
CED Stone Group are one of the leading UK based suppliers of
natural stone and hard landscaping products. Operating from six main
sites and trading for over 40 years, we import finished materials from
source factories based mainly in China, India, Portugal, Spain and
Through our trading relationships and collaboration with
independent bodies, we have formed a deep understanding of the many
ethical and social issues occurring in these countries and how they can
impact on workers in our supply chains.
As an organisation we are fully committed to trading in a
responsible manner. It is our intention to constantly address the social
concerns connected to our industry and continue to implement changes to
ensure that we are fulfilling our obligations as an accountable and
conscientious business. This policy identifies the criteria and general
practices that we adopt and comply with in order to deliver ethical
services and products that our customers can trust.
- CED Stone Group initially joined the ETI (Ethical Trading
Initiative) in April 2012 and we are currently one of very few UK
Natural Stone companies who are full and active members. Through our
involvement with the ETI, we are able to harness the expertise,
knowledge and resources of all the affiliate members to understand and
identify Ethical issues and concerns in our supply chain; helping us to
develop innovative and sustainable solutions.
- We build long-term relationships with our overseas trading
partners, giving us a strong base to overcome cultural barriers and
form partnerships built on mutual trust and respect. This builds a
progressive platform for us to hold open Ethical discussions. Increasing
our ability to influence change when identifying potential issues with
working conditions and allowing us to work in close conjunction with
factories when implementing improvements. Supplier collaboration is key
to establishing long-term sustainable Ethical solutions.
- Ethical Trade is at the core of our business practice and
is a cornerstone of our Corporate Social Responsibility activities. We
conduct a strong internal Ethical training regime across all our
departments, with regular meetings up to Board level, discussing our
Ethical strategy and practices. We ensure that all our staff are
equipped to combine good business decisions with full and proper
consideration for Ethical impacts. We generate staff awareness so that
fair pricing and manageable production times are always considered,
ensuring that our orders will benefit and enrich rather than hinder and
- It is pre-requisite that all our Tier 1 suppliers commit
fully to the ETI Base-Code of labour standards and sign up to say they
will adopt the Code in full. They must also confirm that they will abide
by local and national labour laws in their workplace. We recognise that
suppliers in some countries face significant, often deeply entrenched,
challenges to meet all the standards. We support our suppliers to comply
and collaborate on several projects; such as financing the distribution
of good quality protection equipment and work-wear to factories in
China and arranging training programmes on H&S and HR practices to
production centres in India.
- We respect labour rights in our supply chain and encourage
the formation of Working Groups, at factories where there is no formal
grievance procedure in place. We arrange Worker interviews to “hear
their voice”; giving us the necessary knowledge to focus on targeted
improvements that align directly with the Workers specific priority
concerns and needs.
- We have a structured programme of SMETA based audits which
we carry-out at factories in our supply chain. These inspections are
audited on both the ETI Base-Code of labour standards and relevant local
and Country specific employment laws.
- We encourage transparency right down through our supply
chain and conduct regular, (CED staff), factory inspections to assess
working conditions first hand. On occasion these factory visits are
client accompanied, allowing them, first-hand knowledge of the working
conditions, Health and Safety practices and Human Resource standards in
place at these sites.
- We include Ethical topics in the CPD presentations that we
run for Stone Industry professionals such as Architects, Garden
Designers, landscapers, Contractors and Commercial bodies. These are
used to inform and build awareness; keeping Ethics and responsible
conduct at the forefront of all we do.
- All information regarding our Ethical requirements from
our trading partners and our commitment to responsible sourcing are
communicated to supplier factories regularly by means of Buyers Guide
documents, tagged information with orders, leaflets, posters as well as
on this Ethical Policy statement.
- We are committed to following a Due Diligence process in
our Ethical Trade activities as well as in our engagement with workers,
their representatives and any connected NGO or TU bodies.
- We adopt a strict and detailed New Supplier Policy -
“Crossing the Ethical Road”. This involves sharing the Ethical Standards
that we expect and require if trading is to begin. We assess their
abilities and the risk factors involved, taking action to fix any
serious unethical practice. If we are unable to resolve then no
Commercial relationship will be established.
- Our approach when dealing with and discussing issues that
impact Ethical Trade within our supply chain is always to be open,
honest and to act with integrity. Experience has taught us that this is
the best way to affect positive change.