Wherever possible, we seek to use Community Trade ingredients in our products. Over the past two years, spending on Community Trade ingredients, gifts and accessories has risen from 6.4m to 7.4m Poundsterling. We now work with over 25,000 farmers and producers worldwide who supply us with 20 of our naturally derived ingredients and over 60 different gifts and accessories. By 2010, we aim to use wood from responsibly managed sources, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), wherever possible.
The devastating environmental effect of palm-oil plantations on deforested land has been well documented. That's why, as members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we've worked to create new standards designed to help protect natural biodiversity and workers' rights. We are proud to say that all of our 7.5m soaps sold annually are now produced using palm oil sourced from a plantation that is successfully audited in line with RSPO regulations.
We ask all our suppliers to sign the Code of Conduct which supports our Ethical Trade Programme, developed to improve conditions for all workers in the supply chain and to uphold their human rights. This code is strictly enforced and monitored to ensure standards are met regarding child labour, discrimination, and employee pay, hours and working conditions.
We're committed to using responsibly sourced ingredients wherever possible, and working with the communities and people who supply us.
We were one of the first companies to bring ethical sourcing to the industry.