Our suppliers

 

88%

of factories audited in 2015

Carried out

2,074

compliance audits

Global Code of Practice team

46

 

Next sources its products from many countries around the world. It is a key priority for Next to ensure we trade ethically, source responsibly and work to assure the safety and human rights of the workers within our product and services suppliers’ global operations.

Approach

Our ethical trading programme priorities within our supply chain are to:

  • Develop and improve workers’ conditions, including safety and human rights
  • Communicate and support the achievement of compliance to our ethical standards with all our suppliers
  • Support our suppliers to achieve continuous improvement through partnership
  • Implement sustainable programmes and initiatives with suppliers to improve their capacity and ability to deliver to our ethical requirements
  • Continue to develop opportunities to work in collaboration with other Brands and retailers, Governments, trade unions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to pursue solutions for some of the more complex and systemic problems within the global supply chain that we cannot resolve alone and to help achieve lasting change

These are supported by Next’s Code of Practice Principle Standards (Principle Standards) which form an integral part of our business and are overseen by our global Code of Practice (COP) team of 46 employees whose role is to build relationships with our suppliers through training and support, as well as undertaking auditing their factories to ensure the Principle Standards are complied with.

  • No child labour
  • Freedom of association
  • Healthy and safe working conditions
  • No forced labour
  • Fair wages and benefits
  • Equal opportunities
  • Employment security
  • Respectful treatment of workers
  • Reasonable working hours

Next recognises its responsibility to respect human rights throughout its operations. We are committed to ensuring people are treated with dignity and respect and our approach is to implement the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (Guiding Principles) and to recognise and manage the risk of harm associated with unsatisfactory working conditions, discrimination, modern slavery, human trafficking and forced or bonded labour.

Challenges and Targets

For Next, ethical trade means addressing key social and ethical impacts and the responsibility to respect human rights throughout its operations. Continuous improvement lies at the heart of our business and we are constantly looking at ways to ensure we run our business in a responsible way by acting in an ethical manner and developing positive relationships with our suppliers to raise standards of working conditions in the factories where our products are made. We will continue to ensure human rights is aligned with the Guiding Principles and focus on the supply chain as this is where we recognise many of the issues could potentially reside.