Setting the standard in ethical sourcing.

Doing the
right thing.

We're confident we've developed the most sustainable and ethical supply chain in our industry, backed up by strong independent accreditations. Since 2006, we've been a member of Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), one of the world's leading ethical trade service providers, as part of our commitment to improving the working conditions in global supply chains.

Our work so far has resulted in us becoming the first UK schoolwear supplier to set Sedex 4-Pillar as the minimum audit standard for all our suppliers to comply with. This means all our suppliers are independently assessed to the highest requirements in crucial areas such as fair pay, labour standards, health & safety, business ethics and environmental impact.

To find out more about our supply chain achievements and commitments, download our latest sustainability report.

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What we've achieved.

We believe we're the

first UK schoolwear supplier

to set Sedex 4-Pillar as the minimum audit standard for all our suppliers to comply with by the end of 2022.

100%

of our overseas suppliers for brochure stock are members of Sedex.

74%

of our finished goods suppliers have completed either Sedex 2 & 4-Pillar SMETA or equivalent audits.
We insist that all factories have

independent QC personnel

that ensure and maintain consistency in delivering high-quality standards of finished goods.

100%

of all overseas factory workers have been double-vaccinated against Covid and quite a lot of factory owners paid for these vaccinations.

What we're
striving for.

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One:

Achieve greater transparency of the environmental impacts of our supply chain.

Two:

Commit to measuring our full Scope 3 carbon footprint, which will involve collating data from all our suppliers in 2022.

Three:

Reduce emissions and pollution by switching to 100% green energy across our factories and incorporating new targets and supplier standards as part of their reduction plans in Q3 2022.

Four:

Better understand our raw materials footprint with full traceability of our end-to-end sourcing operations, including the sourcing of yarn, trims from the mills and dye houses.

Five:

Reduce plastic packaging and remove single-use plastic from our global supply chain, working with academic experts at Heriot Watt university to accelerate this journey.

Six:

Expand our overseas supply base by opening up the tendering process to more factories and engaging with new ones that meet our new standards.

Seven:

Implement secondary sourcing on more products to reduce risk and continue to manage fabric supply and quality for our customers closely.

Eight:

Maintain the same level of accountability in terms of ethical and environmental standards for our retail supply chain.

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Better cotton

At Banner, we are dedicated to improving cotton farming practices globally with Better Cotton. Their mission is to help cotton communities survive and thrive, while protecting and restoring the environment.

Better Cotton is sourced via a system of mass balance and is not physically traceable to end products.

We are committed to sourcing 50% of our cotton as Better Cotton by 2025.

Accreditations & Memberships.

We're proud to hold the following accreditations and memberships, which demonstrate our commitment to becoming an even more environmentally and socially responsible business. They mean a lot to our customers and us.

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