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DS4U Fair Trading

Over the years Fair Trading has become a growing issue for companies involved in Cross-Border trading.­  As a result companies were coming under increasing pressure to ensure good working conditions for the people who produce the goods they sell. Our ethical sourcing strategy revolves around a “code of practice” setting out the minimum labour standards that we expect our suppliers to comply with. We strive to buy only from reputable manuf­ac­turers and wherever possible.

We manufacture the majority of our furniture at our Blackburn warehouse.­  However there are some items we dont have the capacity to manufacture on-site therefore we source them from traditional manuf­ac­turers abroad namely Italy, Sweden & Malaysia. We make regular visits to the production units both to monitor business activities and work with our suppliers in developing new ranges and continuously improving quality. By developing a long term relationship with our suppliers, we can work together to provide:

  • Fair wages for all employees
  • Equal oppor­tuni­ties for both men and women
  • Good working conditions
  • Protection against the employment or exploitation of minors
  • Sustainable sourcing of all wood products
  • Increased envi­ron­mental awareness and respon­sibility
  • Ongoing orders with the timely payment for all goods providing stability and security
  • The mutual opportunity to grow and develop our businesses

 

With regards to the UK side of our operation, we concentrate on :

  • Minimising our waste and recycling as much as is reasonably possible, including all cardboard and supporting our local Community Resource Centre.
  • Using recycled packaging materials wherever possible.
  • Providing a comfortable and enjoyable working environment for our colleagues.

To summarise, we’re running an expanding business and while we’re not perfect, we are committed to continuously improving our envi­ron­mental and ethical practices.

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