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Ethical trading of natural stone

What is ethical trading?

Ethical trading focuses on our supply chain and how we interact with other nations. We are very conscious of our corporate and social responsibilities in trading with other nations and we support the ETI Base Code of labour practice.

As a leading supplier of ethically sourced natural stone landscaping products, Aggregate Industries UK Ltd is spearheading efforts to improve the working conditions of stone workers particularly in India.

We are active members of TFT (The Forestry Trust) Responsible Stone Program who's mission is to diminish the negative impact of natural stone mining and processing by sourcing responsibly quarried stone that respects the environment and improves people's lives at the raw material extraction stage and throughout the supply chain.

Within our supply chain we have identified potential risks from existing and potential suppliers. Primarily these relate to child labour being used in natural stone products imported from India and China. Since 2012, imports from these countries accounted for an estimated <1% of our total products sold.

To assess this risk we have a policy which contains standards restricting trade if child or forced labour is found, worker health, safety and welfare is ignored or pay is below the local legal limits. The policy is supported by a comprehensive code of practice for natural stone suppliers, held in our information management systems.

It is our intention to help our suppliers to comply with our policy, which we monitor against our code of practice, in order to maintain long-term benefits for all parties. Deliberate and persistent failure to comply with our policy and the code of practice could result in a breach of contract and result in the cessation of trading.

Our trade partners

We are pleased to work with trade partners; in India with World of Stones and in China with Xiamen Jiefu Stone Co Ltd and Zurface Natural Stone Solutions.

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Ethical trading policy

Ethical trading policy