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Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility Statement
The management of Ede & Ravenscroft recognises its responsibilities to the environment, its customers, suppliers, employees, and to the wider community. It places a high priority on operating to high standards of integrity and ethics.
We recognise that our activities impact on the environment and we therefore aim to minimise that impact by taking a responsible approach to the way we source and use materials and energy. We minimise waste wherever possible and manage any waste according to a waste hierarchy and in a proper and responsible manner.
Ede & Ravenscroft also aims to make a meaningful contribution to the local community and to behave as a responsible employer.
The following sections set out the principles we follow and the initiatives in place as part of our commitment to corporate social responsibility and continuous improvement programmes.
We work closely with our suppliers with the aim that the materials used in the manufacture of our products or products that we sell are traceable, and socially and ethically-sourced. We review our suppliers’ policies and practices on an individual basis and expect them to adhere to high standards and the following principles:
We provide our customers with quality products by ensuring that we use only the best materials and production methods. We work with the most-skilled producers and always try to promote traditional and artisan methods of production. We work with our direct suppliers to apply quality control procedures and to reach traceability back to source.
- UK Sourcing
Wherever possible, we always try to source from within the UK to minimise our carbon footprint, however, where materials and products are not available, we also work with exclusive and distinctive suppliers from across the globe.
We promote sustainable and environmental practices throughout our supply chain, and aim to only use products from sustainable sources. We do not support the rearing of animals for the sole purpose of using their skin. We use faux fur and work with our suppliers to ensure that they do not use endangered or threatened animal species, fauna or flora. Suppliers must comply with CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants do not threaten their survival.
- Ethical and Environmental
We assess our suppliers and their products against our Corporate Social Responsibility policy and our purchasing codes, taking information of relevance and pertinence from our supplier questionnaires, audits and specifications. We work with our suppliers to ensure their commitment to best practice on all issues, such as protecting the environment, animals, human rights and renewable resourcing, to deliver ethical quality goods. We do not use any materials that have been tested on animals. It is our aim to promote and implement progressive sustainable practices across the design, sourcing and manufacturing supply chain.
Supply chain engagement
- Selection & Sourcing
We work closely with our suppliers to ensure we source the highest-quality products and work towards our objective of full traceability. Building long-term relationships with our suppliers is important to us, and a number of these relationships span many decades. This close relationship enables us to foster sustainable design, enabling environmental impacts to be reduced upstream and products created that have longevity or are recyclable beyond their serviceable life.
- Ethical & Environmental
The direct relationships we enjoy with suppliers allow us to ensure they follow a responsible code of conduct towards sustainability, and allow us to ensure that they and their employees are being paid a fair price for the product. Many of our suppliers are very small, and we support them to ensure a continuing supply.
- Slavery and Human Trafficking
Ede & Ravenscroft is committed to ensuring that there is no slavery, human trafficking or child labour in our supply chains. To this end, we have commenced a programme whereby we clearly set out to suppliers the expectations we have for our business partners. We also require our suppliers to set out their employment, remuneration and welfare policies which are reviewed carefully. If any suppliers fail to reach our standards then we will terminate our relationship with that supplier.
We work directly with our supply base and through regular meetings and visits, we ensure that the standards that we set are maintained. CSR is included in supplier profile documentation, ensuring there is a requirement for suppliers to state their CSR principles.
- Environmental Policy
Ede & Ravenscroft is committed to reducing our impact on the environment by improving energy efficiency (carbon management) and minimising waste. It is our policy to operate in compliance with all relevant environmental legislation. We also aim to continually improve our environmental performance and minimise the impact of our activities by regularly reviewing our environmental policy. This will allow us to:
- Prevent pollution.
- Reduce our carbon footprint.
- Minimise the consumption and wastage of natural resources as far as reasonably and economically practicable.
- Ensure that consideration is given to purchasing environmentally sustainable products and services as well as considering service partners’ environmental credentials in the selection process.
- Encourage the use of travel options that minimise environmental impact.
- Carbon Management
We recognise that our operations create carbon emissions and that this has a detrimental effect on the environment. We have started to take action and continue to minimise these emissions. All employees and suppliers are also made aware of their environmental and social responsibilities.
The main contributor to our carbon emissions is our use of electricity. We have taken action to reduce these emissions through a number of energy efficiency initiatives and investments. In the last 12 months these are:
- LED rollout to stores.
- Behaviour Change initiative across all sites
- Thermal blinds installed at Head Office to reduce the sun’s thermal impact in summer and increase it in the winter
- Comprehensive monitoring and review system in place for meter readings
- Waste Management
Our aim is to continuously reduce our environmental impact via the application of the waste hierarchy. Waste is eliminated where possible. Where waste cannot be avoided we aim to recycle materials towards achievement of our objective of zero waste to landfill. Since initiating our waste management programme, our key achievements in minimising our waste and water impacts have been:
- Photographic processing silver recovery system to eliminate the need for tanker collections – reduced risk and carbon footprint (miles travelled).
- Photography product packaging redesigned to ‘lightweight’ package and made fully recyclable/compostable through the elimination of plastic.
- Use of reusable ‘hampers’ for transporting ceremony gowns.
- Installation of new fabric cutting technology that optimises yield.
- Charitable Giving
Ede & Ravenscroft supports a number of organisations and charities in the local community and nationally in a variety of ways, including cash donations, contributions of goods and services, educational sponsorships, grants and internships.
- Local Organisations
Ede & Ravenscroft supports local organisations such as:
Chancery Lane association
- The Arts & Education
We have a long history of supporting students and artists by providing yearly grants and internships both in the UK and internationally.
The Ede & Ravenscroft Team
Ede & Ravenscroft invests in our team, their working environment and welfare. Our key employment principles are as follows.
- Equal Opportunities Policy
We are committed to ensuring that no employee, colleague, supplier, applicant or associated worker is treated less favourably on the grounds of race, religion, gender, age, ethnic origin, disability or sexual orientation. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all staff, employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications and abilities. All employees must be dealt with equally, fairly, ethically and with consideration for their self-esteem.
- Staff Engagement
Staff Engagement is critical to our success. To ensure that our team is fully informed about the business and have opportunities to participate in decision-making, we take the following steps:
- Provide updates on our trading performance and relevant day-to-day issues.
- Have notice boards to convey information to staff.
- Hold regular management meetings.
- Skills and Training
Employees receive training and instruction on their arrival within the company. They are supported and encouraged to develop their own skill-set, both to enhance their performance and to ensure that they gain greater self-confidence and awareness. Training, coaching and development are offered. We have an internal trainee programme for tailoring, robe making and wig making and are about to engage in a government sponsored apprenticeship programme in IT services.
- Benefits and Rewards (reward and recognition)
All staff are paid a fair wage for the work they do which is regularly monitored against the general market r rate. In addition to pay, numerous benefits are offered to all staff, including a pension scheme, interest-free travel loans and generous staff discounts. There are also Long Service Awards.
Our Clients and Customers
Ede & Ravenscroft is a unique business and our sense of purpose comes from our motto Pete Excellentiam. This single founding principle informs and guides what we do, and extends to our staff and suppliers. We aim to provide an exceptional customer experience through all channels, whether this is in our stores, at events, online or by phone. Our team is trained to be knowledgeable, polite, professional, attentive, friendly and helpful. We aim to provide old-fashioned service backed up by modern systems and processes.
On those occasions where something goes wrong, we aim to provide and promote a generous response. We under take regular ‘mystery shopping’ exercises and engage with customers and clients to monitor performance, and help us to continually improve the services we provide.