RESPONSIBLE TRADE CREATES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND REDUCED SOCIAL INJUSTICES. THIS IS THE FOUNDATION OF OUR MORE THAN 110 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE FROM CARRYING OUT TRADE WITH SUPPLIERS, PRIMARILY IN INDIA.
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Responsible trade creates economic development and reduced social injustices. This is the foundation of our more than 110 years of experience from carrying out trade with suppliers, primarily in India. Through the years we have seen a lot that has failed to live up to the demands of human rights. This has included unfair wages and benefits, lack of health insurance, vacation pay and pensions, or lack of clean drinking water or toilets. We are sometimes asked how we can continue to have a presence there. The answer, and our philosophy, is simple.
It is only through a continued presence and active involvement that we can be part of creating change and positive development. We have worked with many of our suppliers for decades, and therefore, both of us have been on an incredible journey.
Our code of conduct, which we were one of the first companies in the world to adopt, must be signed and adhered to by all our suppliers. In practice, a signature is just a signature on a piece of paper, but this is where the journey to improvements begins, through constant visits, dialogues and controls.
It is through long-term thinking, cooperation, dialogue and returning visits that we, together with our suppliers, are creating change. Read more about our code of conduct here.
Our code of conduct includes the prohibition of forced labour, child labour and discrimination. We demand freedom to form associations, a good working environment, legal wages and benefits, statutory working hours, real employment, humane treatment and compliance with the national laws that exist in our production countries. It is our ambition that you, as a customer of INDISKA, shall know that our products are manufactured under fair conditions.
We also have products such as our Fairtrade and Ecologically-labelled coffee and the beautiful cards that are handmade by the women’s group in Peace Trust. But for us, it is important to look at the big picture rather than individual items.
The family company, INDISKA’s, connection and love for India makes it clear that we are engaged in other ways locally. Since 1998, we have been engaged in and supported several social projects in India.
Gender equality and the conditions for women are, and have been, important areas. The women’s group within Peace Trust is one example where we want to contribute to independence through work. Other areas where we can participate and make a difference, besides the obvious examples such as fair wages, holidays and access to toilets, also include the issue of water, which to a large extent is also a women’s issue.