Oxford aims to make a positive difference to its people, the environment and the communities in which it operates by enthusiastically embracing the following initiatives:SOURCING PRINCIPLES AGREEMENT
Oxford seeks to ensure that its products are created in good working conditions. This supports the company's core principles of providing its own workforce with meaningful jobs and providing customers with high quality products.
We recognise that we have a responsibility to combat slavery and human trafficking and as part of the retail industry, we are absolutely committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.ETHICAL SOURCING
Oxford and its suppliers have found that when people are treated with respect, have decent working conditions and fair rates of pay then both the individuals and their companies benefit from increased commitment and greater productivity. Customers also benefit from goods offering enhanced quality and superior value.
Achieving this objective has come through the development of agreed standards. At Oxford we will only work with reputable suppliers and manufacturers so that when customers buy goods, they can be assured that they have been produced under acceptable conditions.
All our suppliers and manufacturers have signed our Code of Conduct which firmly states Oxford’s expectations and requirements whilst working with us. Our Code is designed to be ethical, achievable, auditable, global and to promote the ongoing development of Oxford sources of supply.
At Oxford we are committed to ensuring our suppliers adhere to the highest standards of ethics and demonstrate safe working conditions, treating workers with dignity and respect and acting ethically within local law and recognised international standards in their use of labour.
We have strict ethical auditing criteria which suppliers must meet prior to any production. It is only once an audit has been reviewed, and approved that business can be placed and suppliers, a regular pattern of factory visitation and a policy of continual improvement.
These principles clearly require all direct suppliers to ensure their facilities accord with what Oxford believe to be acceptable standards. The company will enforce these principles firmly among direct suppliers and encourage their implementation further down the supply chain.