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Xpres believes that business should be conducted with total respect for people and the environment. We adopt a rigorous selection process for suppliers and manufacturers, ensuring only those that are totally committed to exceeding our high ethical standards become appointed suppliers. We will not purchase from a supplier that we that we have not personally approved.
We do not own our factories and choose instead to build strong working relationships with carefully selected suppliers. We ask that all suppliers submit social and ethical audits and can prove compliancy with local working laws.
In addition to our rigorous social and ethical supplier selection process, we also ensure that all products purchased comply with EU regulations, including REACH. Any products containing SCHC’s on the banned substance list will not be sold by Xpres.
Our products are manufactured by different supplier organisations employing thousands of people in several countries. We recognise and honour our duty to protect the workforce employed to manufacture our products and work with our suppliers to ensure the provision of fair wages and working hours, safe and hygienic working conditions, regular employment and no discrimination, harsh or inhumane treatment of employees.
In order to manufacture Xpres products, each appointed supplier must comply with national and other applicable laws and conform to the following terms as a minimum requirement:
An ethical audit is a formal examination of the labour practices of a workplace or company. It is a verifiable process to understand, measure, report on and help improve an organisation’s social and environmental performance.
We expect that all of our manufacturers hold, or are working towards a valid audit from SMETA, Sedex or BSCI and must agree to permit regular unannounced visits from our senior management team and independent auditors.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.
Xpres operates a supplier policy and maintains a preferred supplier list. We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. Our anti-slavery policy forms part of our working agreement with all suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.
In addition to the above, as part of our contract with suppliers, we require that they confirm to us that:
We recognise that our business activities affect the natural environment in a number of ways. We strive through continuing improve- ment to minimise the adverse effects on the environment and the earth’s natural resources, whilst safeguarding the health & safety of our employees and the public. We purposely seek out suppliers who take positive action to minimise both waste and the impact of their manufacturing processes on the surrounding environment.
REACH is a European Regulation concerning chemicals and their safe usage. It aims to improve the protection of human health and the environment through a system of Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals. Chemicals deemed as harmful are added to the ‘substance of very high concern list’. Xpres products do not contain any of the chemicals on this list in any quantity and we actively work with REACH Ready to ensure compliance. The restricted substance list is usually updated twice a year.
Xpres routinely checks all products against any new listing to ensure we maintain this standard.
Oeko-Tex is an independent globally standardised certification especially developed for textiles. Its primary purpose is to ensure that the chemicals used in the manufacture of textile products are in no way damaging to health. At Xpres we understand what the modern wearer demands from their clothing and garment decoration. Oeko-Tex Standard 100 allows Xpres to deliver innovate textile transfer films with complete confidence that no harmful chemicals have been used in their manufacture. Xpres aims to ensure that all products achieve this certification where possible.
The following products hold Oeko-Tex Certificates:
Xpres confirms the following;