Harlands Ethical Business Policy has been carefully developed around four key principles.
- limiting any adverse environmental impact arising from its operations
- supporting and promoting fair trading arrangements
- insisting on high standards of animal welfare where any animal derived products are used
- valuing equality and diversity in its business and employment practices.
The production of textiles is responsible for around 25% of the pesticides used around the world. It is one of the most polluting industries on Earth. The appalling environmental and health related consequences arising from this cannot be underestimated and Harlands does not want to contribute in any way to the problem. By exclusively using organic and eco friendly materials Harlands directly limits this practice. Equally we recognise that any business activity will have an impact on the environmental . Harlands will take all reasonable steps to reduce its carbon footprint and energy demands. It uses environmentally sensitive materials and non-toxic chemicals and strives to employ sustainable production methods wherever possible.
Due to consumer demand for cheap textiles and furnishings materials much of its global production is concentrated in developing countries where costs are a fraction of those in the west. Regrettably this often leads to unfair and unjust employment conditions and trading arrangements. Harlands does not wish to contribute to this unethical trend and always supports fully the principles and practice of fair trade.
Another consequence of the relentless demand for cheap consumer goods is the disregard for decent animal welfare standards where animal by-products are used. Industrialised farming and animal husbandry practices meet the demand for low prices but often lead to inhumane conditions and treatment of the creatures involved. Harlands uses only animal products that are essential to the creation of their goods. Wherever this is the case we will only use items that have been produced using the highest possible standards of animal care and treatment.
Harlands believes that in all matters of business there should be fairness and equality. Regrettably, too often, stereotyping and prejudice can overshadow the utilisation of individuals’ talents and expertise. Employees can be treated unfairly because of their ethnicity or beliefs. In all our employment and business dealing we will provide equality of opportunity and challenge those who seek to negatively discriminate.
Harlands Ethical Business Policy is a living document that will be developed and amended as appropriate. We value feedback on our practices from customers and business partners and would encourage a much greater understanding of the issues involved from all who we are in contact with.