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Ethical Sourcing Commitment

The Royal Museums Greenwich Buying and Merchandising department will seek to purchase goods which:

  • Are produced and delivered under labour conditions that do not involve the abuse or exploitation of any person
  • Have the least negative impact on climate change and the environment and conform to the museum’s Sustainability Policy.

Such considerations will form part of the evaluation and selection criteria for all products and services for our retail outlets.

Our Ethical Sourcing Commitment focuses on our Core Principles of Quality, Brand, Audience and Value. It is directly concerned with:

  • Ensuring Quality of materials and production.
  • Monitoring our supply chains and environmental standards in order to protect our Brand and reputation.
  • Building an Audience which is interested in ethical, recycled, UK-made and hand-crafted product and helping establish ourselves as a ‘destination’ shop.
  • Adding Value and using POS to increase perceived value for the customer.

Labour Standards

The Buying and Merchandising department has adopted the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code for labour standards. This specifies that:

  • Employment is freely chosen
  • Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
  • Working conditions are safe and hygienic
  • Child labour shall not be used
  • Living wages are paid
  • Working hours are not excessive
  • No discrimination is practised
  • Regular employment is provided
  • No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed

Environmental Standards

The Buying and Merchandising department will ensure that:

  • Forest products are sourced responsibly. Suppliers must source paper and wood from recycled sources or well-managed, sustainable sources which have been certified to a credible standard.
  • Waste is minimised and items recycled wherever this is practicable. Undue and unnecessary use of packaging materials will be avoided, and recycled materials used wherever appropriate.
  • Products made for RMG use recycled materials and are recyclable wherever possible.
  • We do not knowingly purchase goods or services from companies that act against climate change policy.

Our Behaviours

We will request all suppliers accept, implement and monitor the ETI Base Code as minimum standards in their supply chains.

We will give preference to suppliers which best meet and furthest exceed the ETI Base Code and environmental standards, in particular Fair Trade and UK suppliers.

We will work to ensure that our buying practices pose the least risk for contraventions of the ETI Base Code and environmental standards in our supply chains.

We will check for regular updates to the ETI Base Code and adapt our work, or the support given to our suppliers, where necessary.

We will practice openness and transparency with suppliers with regard to buying practices and critical path management. We will seek the views of suppliers over their ability to meet our requirements, and work with them to rectify any problems identified in their supply chains or environmental standards.

We will gather and analyse verifiable information about our suppliers’ ethical performance.

We will practice transparency in, and public access to, ethical information. Our Ethical Sourcing Commitment should be available to customers and the wider public across all retail platforms including online.