The Big March Way
Ethical. Sustainable. Transparent.
It is critical that our products - from the materials to manufacturing - are accounted for in our ethical responsibility. Our business believes that emphasizing on how the products are sourced it is crucial during the decision process as it not only contributes to the quality of the final product but also impact on the whole society.
To ensure that our products are all produced ethically, we continue to build and maintain a strong relationship with our suppliers. This is fulfilled through having both companies understand that we will be both operating to our ethical standard agreement. It is our commitment that we will take full responsibility to continuously improve our processes and ethical sourcing standards through working with our suppliers and the communities where our factories are operating.
We aim to conduct our business with the highest standards of integrity, in accordance to our international sources whilst complying with all of the laws and regulations. The drive of our commitment derives from respecting the core labor force and protecting the human rights.
In each of them Big March Company’s supply chains, we guarantee the ethicalities as below:
1. No child labor
When forming relationships with our suppliers, there are to be a mutual understanding and respect for our philosophy. This means that the suppliers and their subcontractors will not employ a worker under the age stipulated by the legal requirement.
2. No gender discrimination
Discrimination against women workers and staffs are forbidden in our supply chains. Factories distribute the principle of equal pay for equal work. Women enjoy completely equal rights and career opportunities with men.
3. Freedom of religion and belief
We protect not only the traditional religious beliefs of the major religions, but also non-theistic and atheistic beliefs, as well as the right not to profess any religion or belief.
4. Safe working conditions
To avoid workers within our supply chain working in poor conditions, we have committed to allocating decent working conditions, in order to ensure all working conditions are safe and hygienic – therefore an audit is conducted where it covers areas of worker rights and conditions. Auditing is crucial to ensure our factories and supply chains understand “The Greenstone Way” standards and expectations. When anything is not conducted by our standards, an immediate correction action is undertaken to self improve the wellbeing of our workers and suppliers. Our suppliers along with their subcontractors are permitted to provide safe and healthy workplace environment accordance to the law.
5. Fair wages and social welfare
Our suppliers in Asia, sign employment contracts with their workers, and register each of their workers with the Labor Union, so that workers are to be protected with their legitimate interest. Worker’s wages are legally fair according to the local Labor Law, and employers pay all the social welfare and insurance for their workers. Overtime work is strictly supervised, and legitimate overtime work payments are distributed to workers when unavoidable overtime work happens.
Our suppliers are an extension of our team who has an important role within the manufacturing process. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact through complying with local and international laws and regulations of production wastage and hazardous chemicals management. The suppliers and their subcontractors must also comply with “The Big March Way” standards at all times to maintain a strong relationship.
The production, manufacturing, transportation and textile production are primary concerns that impact the environment. These impacts arise from material selection, the dyes used to print fabrics, and the process of manufacturing.
1. Conscious material selection
In recent years, we have made it our priority to develop eco-friendly fabrics such as organic cotton, bamboo fabric and recycled PET. When working with our clients on their designs and products, we always recommend and encourage them to choose sustainable fabrics so we can all contribute to protecting the environment.
When selecting materials, we consider how the product will be used and the durability that it can have with the final garment. We never use inferior quality materials only for pursuing maximized profit. Inferior quality apparels are low cost and cheap for sale, but they could only be worn for short time and easily be discarded therefore accumulating to wastage on our planet.
2. Eco-friendly dyeing and printing
Wet treatment can often be quite hazardous to the environment due to pre-washing, bleaching, printing and dying of the fabrics. This is due to the processes that require chemicals and dyes that can potentially create environmentally hazardous waste product. To minimize this harmful impact, we avoid inks and dye that contain toxic heavy metals (cadmium and beryllium) and where possible, use only natural dyes that are only made from plant materials.
3. Effective manufacturing process
We cooperate with our factories to do researching and engineering, so we can keep improving techniques that we use are highly effective, such as preparing the pattern designs and cutting techniques to minimize offcut wastage.
Through tracking and managing a transparent supply chain, it enables us to manage rising levels of risk in the environment - where corporate supply chain practices are attracting legal and consumer scrutiny. This also enables us to know the origins of all of our products, so that we can inform our clients of the background and any quality, safety, ethical and environmental concerns that they may have.
Supply chain transparency will have a long-term advantage as is it provides the benchmark and creates a standardized method of sharing information across all of our suppliers and clients. In turn it encourages innovation as it provides better understanding of the needs of our clients and gives us the opportunity to collaborate with others to resolve their sourcing issues.
To ensure the supply chain transparency, it is compulsory that our suppliers must disclose all subcontractors used for the Big March Company’s production, and both suppliers and subcontractors must not refuse inspection from our Quality Controllers at anytime.
We have achieved a supply chain transparency through building a strong relationship with our suppliers and through encouragement for constant improvement. The steps that we have undertaken to meet the transparency include: assess and inspect new suppliers based on The Big March Way standards; train new suppliers to make sure that they understand and obey The Big March Way standards; audit existing suppliers at least once every year; keep frequent communication with suppliers during any production process; and share information with both suppliers and clients.
A critical part of our supply chain transparency is to identify and prioritize risks through the presence and nature of the industry. It is analyzed to determine how we can visualize the risks when our products can be potentially impacted. This will be conducted through mapping key problems and personal involvements. It has become a vital process as we can now manage and forecast risks by accessing, learning, and acting upon our supply chain’s information. We ensure the risks are managed and monitored through a risk management tool to outline the code of conduct standards that were created to improve our performance to facilitate collaboration.
Although creating full transparency is a challenge, it is highly beneficial to our business as it affects both our suppliers and clients. Simply knowing exactly where each part of our fabric has originated from – this builds a mutual trust with suppliers. Therefore we continue to improve our supply chain down to their raw materials to increase a transparency to guide mutual respect, integrity and honesty.