Compliance with the River Island Ethical Policy is considered a key requirement of everyone working with our brand, and is included in the end-to-end assessment of both supplier, and buying team performance.
We have adopted the ETI Base Code as the minimum standards that should apply to workers in our supply chain as set out below. If local law sets higher standards than the base code then these legislative requirements should be met:
River Island Responsibility
Shared Values and Responsibility
To follow purchasing practices which are consistent with the delivery of our ethical standards:
Ethical Challenges, Collaboration and Benefits
River Island recognises that many ethical and trading issues cannot be solved overnight. However, we strongly believe that gradual, sustainable and significant change is an achievable goal. We can influence greater change with a wider collaboration of efforts (across manufacturing partners, other stakeholders, and brands), than through individual initiatives.
River Island have been active members of the Bangladesh Accord since 2013. The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the Accord) was signed on 15 May 2013 and was a five-year independent, legally binding agreement between global brands, retailers and trade unions designed to build a safe and healthy Bangladeshi Ready Made Garment (RMG) Industry.
The Bangladesh 2018 Transition Key Accord:
The 2018 Transition Key Accord was signed on July 1, 2018 in order to fulfil the same purposes as the 2013 Accord as well as maintaining the progress previously made. It is also a legally binding agreement between brands and trade unions; some of the key features include brand commitment to ensure safety remediation is completed and financially feasible, independent safety inspections and remediation program. There will also be disclosure of inspection reports and corrective action plans. Other key features of the accord include: a Safety Committee and Training Program, Safety and Health Complaints Mechanism, protection of right to refuse unsafe work, along with the transition of the Accord functions to a larger national safety monitoring body.
One of the key features of the 2018 Accord is that it is has pledged to hand over its functions to the Bangladesh Remediation and Coordination Cell (RCC) which will be regulated and run by the national government. The 2018 Accord serves the purpose of supporting this organization until it has been developed enough to fully take over the Accord functions.