The Jutexpo Standard

The Jutexpo Standard is a set of the 10 key elements we consider to be the minimum when it comes to ethical and technical standards, awards and credentials. The full list is below for reference.

What do we do to ensure this standard is achieved?

Here at Jutexpo we are committed to best practice and high standards for our staff and the production of our Jute bags. Our ethical production is fundamental to the integrity of our bags and we are proud to be leading the market with our standards. We believe retailers and suppliers should take responsibility for improving the working conditions of the people involved in making their products.

Jutexpo have a commitment to ethical trade and adopt a strict code oflabour practice, thus addressing issues like wages, working hours, health and safety. Jutexpo's facilities have annual independent audits at our factories to ensure the ethical standards are meeting the ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative) Base Code - the worldwide standard for ethical production

For the third year in a row Jutexpo have been awarded a Grade A, the highest grade achievable, for consumer products accreditation from the BRC Global Standards Award. In addition to the BRC audit, we are also audited to the SEDEX ethical Standard. This is the market leading audit standard, used by many of the largest retailers globally. The use of SEDEX allows retailers access to our audits and current audit status, maintaining an open, honest and transparent practice

Compliant to the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code

Compliant to the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a leading alliance of companies, Trade Unions and Non-Government Organisations that promotes respect for workers rights around the globe.

Jutexpo ensure compliance is adhered to as the ETI Base Code ensures all workers are free from exploitation and discrimination, enjoying conditions of freedom, security and equity.

The key parts to this Base Code are:

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

If you would like any further information please visit: http://www.ethicaltrade.org/eti-base-code

British Retail Consortium Global Standard Grade A Factory

Jutexpo are proud that their factory in India has been awarded a Grade A, the highest award possible by the British Retail Consortium.

The BRC are a globally recognised brand and consumer protection organisation.  Using their global network of accredited certification bodies they ensure that manufacturers are audited by rigorous schemes and the highest auditors for product quality and meeting legal obligations.

This provides our customers with a reassurance that are products are safe, legal and of a high quality.

Our factory in India has been audited by the BRC every year since 2013.

If you would like to learn more about the BRC please visit: https://www.brcglobalstandards.com/

Regular Independent Ethical and Technical Audits

Since Jutexpo's founding in 2002, our factories have had regular ethical audits undertaken.  These are derived from the ETI (Ethical Training Initiative) base code. 

These ensure that no child labour is involved, all workers are paid decent wages, have safe working conditions and that the factories fulfil environmental standards.

All stages of the production processes are audited - from sourcing raw material to delivery of the final product - and we ensure that all our suppliers adhere to the same codes of practice as ourselves.

Sedex Registered with Full Independent Third Party Audits for Full Transparency of Compliance

Sedex is a global organisation that drives improvements in ethical and responsible business practices across a wide number of industries and sectors.

When we have audits undertaken we upload them to Sedex's secure database.  Their system allows their members to access this information as well as other supplier information.  We are keen to demonstrate transparency to our customers and happy to provide information surrounding our auditing process.  Sedex is a fantastic way to do so as most major retailers are Sedex members.

If you would like to find out more information about Sedex, please visit: https://www.sedexglobal.com/about-us/

Welcoming Customer Factory Visits

We are proud to be entrusted with some of the world's largest brands and understand that one of the most important thing for our customers is protection of their brand.

On this basis and in line with our transparent approach to compliance, we have always welcomed visits to our production facility in India, from our clients.  Over the years, many of our clients have joined us at our factory in India and have come away with satisfaction that our bags are ethically produced to the highest standard.

We operate on a transparent basis and offer willingness to disclose our ethical integrity of our bags. 

Better Cotton Initiative Standards

BCI otherwise known as the “Better Cotton Initiative” is an initiative that aims to improve the standards of trading cotton for the people who produce it. The BCI are transforming cotton production worldwide by producing better cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. By helping farmers reduce water wasteage the BCI helps the environment thrive and ensures that farmers are paid a fair amount for their cotton. 

There are hundreds of companies who take part in the better cotton initiative and Jutexpo are delighted to be one of them. 

To learn more about the Better Cotton Initiative please visit: http://bettercotton.org/ or view this detailed video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmt3FsnF4EA&sns=em

GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Bag Manufacturing

GOT's otherwise known as The Global Organic Textile Standard is an organisation that are defining the requirements for organically produced cotton worldwide. The organisation has grown massively due to the high demand of organic fibres and demand for unified processing criteria from the industry and retail sector. The Global Organic Textile Standard has gained universal recognition due to it's rapid advancement, enabling processors and manufacturers to supply their organic textiles with one certification accepted in all major markets.

GOTS certified cotton is a cotton completely free of pesticides and fertilizers and has no part in genetic modification. The standard that GOTS certified cotton complies with, requires throughout the supply chain for both ecology and labour conditions in textile and apparel manufacturing using organically produced raw materials. 

To learn more about GOTS certified cotton please visit: http://www.global-standard.org/

 

A Full Suite of In-House and Independent Product Testing

Product testing forms a large part of the final stage of development for Jutexpo's bags.  These are lab tests undertaken by a variety of bodies.  Both in house and independently. 

We undertake testing on the handles and the bag for their strength with particular attention paid to the seams.  The bags are pulled, filled and observed both statically and on the move.

Aside from the quality testing, we also undertake tests as to the safety of our product.  We ensure that no formaldehyde is present in our bags or the dyes used.

Over the years, we have developed the testing undertaken on the colourfastness.  Bags are subjected to rubbing tests and reports generated.

These tests have been developed in line with customer discussions.

The materials used in our products also undergo testing.  This offers us and our customers comfort that the information provided to them is correct, providing an accurate breakdown of fibres used.  For example with Juco - this is a blend of Cotton and Jute and our labels reflect the breakdown of the material. 

Our Cotton is subject to its own testing and is fully traceable to the source.

We receive reports and each product is certified, offering our customers peace of mind when selling Jutexpo bags.

Warehouse and Logistic Facilities to Customer Standards

As well as ensuring that our production process is run efficiently and in keeping with a high standard.  Our warehouse runs in accordance with customer expectations.

We ensure that our deliveries comply with delivery standards for each customer and deal with each product on an individual basis as we understand that not all companies require the same information/format in both the delivery and storage of their product.

If you would like any further information on our warehouse/logistics, please do not hesitate to contact us at: info@jutexpo.co.uk or 01386 834777

An In-House Design Team to Help Create Your Ideal Bag

Of course, one of the most important parts of our bags is the appearance.

We offer our customers an option to enrol the help of our knowledgeable Graphics Design Team.  With years of experience they take the customers ideas and create a final product to leap off the shelves. 

They deal with customers on a one-to-one basis, offering the customer advice as to successful combinations of materials, colours and detailing the array of options available to them including bag size, handle type and printing.

We are extremely proud to be able to offer this option to our customers.

If you would like any information on our in house Design Team, then please do get in touch at: info@jutexpo.co.uk or 01386 834777.

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