Ethical trading, environmental requirements and recycling
At The Stone & Tile Company we have been designing and importing natural stone tiles, porcelain and mosaics for over 20 years. Ethical trading is highly important to us, and our staff based in India & China regularly visit the factories & quarries to confirm they are compliant with regard to their employees’ safety, together with their respect for their surrounding environment. Our factories performance and code of conduct impacts massively
on our reputation so we have many long-term supplier relationships of 15 and more years. There is a mutual trust and understanding in the
way that we work together and over the years we have helped to improve the conditions and abilities of our suppliers.
If there is anything noticeable that we think can be improved we try and help find the solution.
We ensure that all our factories are audited by independent audit companies prior to manufacturing our product, this ensures they meet the required standards. The audit covers all social, ethical and environmental requirements as well as health and safety standards.
We have compiled documentation from all our overseas stone suppliers, to prove they are legally certificated and have ISO systems
in place to be compliant with their country’s environmental and health and safety laws.
‘Ethical trade means that retailers, merchants and their suppliers take responsibility for ensuring that working conditions are provided to an acceptable level, as well as, when necessary improving these conditions for the people who make the products they sell’
We take responsibility for ensuring that working conditions are provided to an acceptable level, as well as, when necessary improving these conditions for the people who make the products they sell. In our case these workers are employed by supplier companies around the world, many of them based in poorer countries where laws designed to protect workers’ are not always adhered too. The best way to develop people in their lives is to provide them with export opportunities on every practical occasion, natural stone provides that opportunity.
Recycling & Reusing Packaging
We are committed to recycling or reusing packaging products from our imported goods and are continually looking at ways to minimise any environmental impacts with regard to our company’s use of raw materials.