As a responsible and ethical business, Trutex has a zero-tolerance approach to all types of modern slavery and human trafficking within our business and supply chains. We are members of SEDEX and actively endorse and adopt all base codes within the ETI structure and monitor
this though regular auditing (SMETA, BSCI & by Trutex staff) and working with all suppliers within our supply chain.
This statement has been published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act (2015). It provides information on our activities and commitments to prevent modern slavery in our business operation and supply chains.
Trutex is committed to establishing long term partnerships with it's suppliers. Long term manufacturing relationships result in reliable supply and consistency of product quality. Trutex manufactures garments in 20 (Tier 1*) factories globally, centred in five key manufacturing locations: Bangladesh, China, Indonedia, Sri Lanka and UK.
We focus on having long term relationships with the factories that manufacture Trutex products on our behalf and work cooperatively with local management teams to understand the changing dynamics of each local market. Trutex monitors via our local office the cost of living, minimum wage, local regulations, and the local market infrastructure.
No sub-contracting of production is allowed at any time, unless expressly requested in advance and approved by Trutex following a detailed review process. Any sub-contracted factory is subject to all the same standards and approvals as a tier one factory. Trutex visits and authorisation of sub-contracting and annual independent audits.
TIER 1 - Production units. Assembly and manufacture of Trutex Garments: Fully Mapped
TIER 2 – Material Production. (e.g., fabric, trims, embroidery) Anything that goes directly into our finished product: 80% mapped – completion by the end of 2021
TIER 3 - Raw materials. Fibre farming/production: Initial stages relating to cotton sourcing
Trutex are proud to be a foundation stage member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for worker’s rights around the globe.
One of the world’s leading ethical trade service providers, working to improve working conditions in global supply chains.
Slave Free Alliance Membership
A leading global charity working towards a slave-free supply chain.
Schoolwear Associaton Membership
A trade organisation representing the interests of school uniform
Trutex are committed to Corporate and Social Responsibility and as part of this have an ethical sourcing strategy ensuring each factory meets all aspects of ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative) base code.
As a member of the Sedex Organisation and Foundation member of the ETI Trutex limited is focused on continuous improvement within the supply chain, through the implementation of both internal and SMETA social compliance audits.
Adherence to the ETI base code throughout our supply chain is monitored through our Sedex data monitoring and third party SMEATA ethical auditing of suppliers. This is supported by our local and head office, ensuring ensure standards are met and opportunities for improvement identified.
Trutex manages a range of initiatives to help us act responsibly and align our operations to our business aims, where we seek to:
Supplier/Buyer Code of Conduct
Our suppliers are contracted to abide by our supplier code of conduct, which is in line with International Labour Organisation Conventions and the ETI Base Code. This provides comfort that we work with only compliant suppliers to protect our own workers, as well as those of our supply chain.
All Tier 1 suppliers have been issued with copies of our current code of conduct and these requirements form part of the annual supplier manufacturing agreement.
Whistle Blowing Policy
In the UK, we conduct right to work checks and have an updated whistle-blowing policy and process whereby employees can raise any concerns they may have in total confidence. The whistleblowing policy has been reviewed during 2020, with improved clarity on escalation procedures and is published within the employee handbook on a mandatory read basis.
Consistent with our commitment to ensure that the people making our products are treated with dignity and respect and work in safe and healthy conditions, Trutex has banned the use of cotton lint, fibre and associated textile materials from Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Uyghur Region (China) in the production of our products until there is clear evidence that action is being taken to eliminate the use of forced labour, child labour, and human rights abuses in the cotton Industry.
Trutex works with our suppliers to trace the sources of cotton fibres and where appropriate we seek documentary evidence to support the transparency of our supply routes. All our tier 1 and a % of tier 2 suppliers have received our cotton policy and provided assurances through a self-certification process.
Anti-Bribery & Corruption Policy
Trutex’s policy has been and continues to be that all personnel, agents and clients of Trutex must comply strictly and in good faith with the letter and spirit of all applicable laws and regulations in any location in which Trutex transacts business. We consider compliance with anti-bribery laws to be more than a legal requirement; compliance is also a reflection of how Trutex’s company values are embedded.
Our anti bribery and corruption policy is issued to all staff, across all Trutex in-country locations and head office. The policy is issued to all Tier 1 and 2 suppliers as part of the new supplier on boarding process.
Due Diligence, Risk Assessment and Future Actions
Trutex has recognised the need to develop and deliver anti-modern slavery initiatives in its business and supply chain and improve modern slavery mitigation.
To assist with reviewing and improving upon our existing policies, Trutex became members of the Slave Free Alliance in 2019. As members we gain insight and advice from the SFA about knowing what to look for and how to be prepared and protected against slavery within our supply chain.
In 2020 we have carried out a group wide gap analysis review and identified key areas for improvement. This process has highlighted the requirement to complete the tier 2 mapping to provide improved visibility across the supply chain. The actions resulting from this process are ongoing.
Trutex is developing and improving existing key policies with embedded practical modern slavery content, strengthening the message on compliance.
Trutex will publish an updated code of conduct for employees and code of conduct for suppliers by the end of 2021 which will reflect our values in relation to modern slavery in addition to our current code of conduct.
The team is committed to driving the modern slavery agenda forward and there is full executive level engagement.
Training and Awareness
Further Executive leadership training will be carried out during 2021. This will be followed by training plans for UK staff and offshore teams to explain what modern slavery is and recognise the types of exploitation most likely to affect Trutex Ltd. This will commence in the second half of 2021.
Approved for and on behalf of the Board of Trutex Investments Limited
Chief Executive Officer
*Tier 1 suppliers defined as Production units where there is the assembly and manufacture of Trutex garments. Tier 2 is currently being mapped.