Ethical & Environmental Trading Policy
By cutting out the middleman, HMJ secure fair prices for their producers, while being able to secure our chain of values and offer highly competitive prices to their customers.
HMJ Zoo Design aims to provide Europe Zoos with, high quality, good value, authentic, environmentally friendly & fairly traded, themeing, decoration & building materials, from around the world. HMJ Zoo Design buy their products directly from local producers, these are usually families, communities or small companies from over 10 different countries world wide.
By cutting out the middleman, HMJ secure fair prices for their producers, while still being able to offer highly competitive prices to their customers. HMJ also supports local skills + traditions and insists on high standards of environmental practice. All raw materials and products are sustainably sourced and relevant certification sought when appropriate. All production processes are safe to the producer, environment and end-user. Therefore, customers can be guaranteed of an authentic product, with a real story, that does not cost the earth.
Ethical and Environmental Sourcing Policy:
Because we care about the people and environments involved in making our products we ask all our suppliers to adhere to the same demanding Ethical and Environmental codes we have set for ourselves, as described below: HMJ Zoo Design is committed to ensuring that relationships with our suppliers are ethically, environmentally as well as commercially, based. We promote the dissemination of best ethical and environmental trading practice throughout our supply chain to address this complex issue.
HMJ Zoo Design’s Principles of ethical and environmental trading
HMJ’s ethical and environmental trading principles listed below, are in line with the following international conventions:
a) International Labour Organisation Conventions and Recommendations which comply with local legislation relating to ethical trading and human rights.
b) “The 10 principles of the U.N.’s Global compact” covering human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption and
c) The 10 Standards of Fair Trade from the International Fairtrade Association (IFAT ).
HMJ working codex
1) Human Rights
a)Support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights and make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
2) Labour Standards
a) Uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
b) Pay “fair” prices: A fair price in the regional or local context is one that has been agreed through dialogue and participation. It covers not only the costs of production but enables production which is socially just and environmentally sound. It provides fair pay to the producers and takes into account the principle of equal pay for equal work by women and men. HMJ ensure prompt payment to their partners and, whenever possible, help producers with access to pre-harvest or pre-production financing.
c) Eliminate of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.
d) Support the effective abolition of child labour; HMJ respect the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as local laws and social norms in order to ensure that the participation of children in production processes of fairly traded articles (if any) does not adversely affect their well-being, security, educational requirements and need for play. When working directly with informally organised producers HMJ will ask them to disclose the involvement of children in production.
e) Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. HMJ are committed to offer opportunities for promotion based on merit, irrespective of factors such as race, religion, sex, nationality or age. HMJ especially endorse gender equity, meaning that women’s work is properly valued and rewarded and that women are empowered in their organizations.
f) Ensure safe and healthy working conditions. HMJ promotes safe and healthy working environments for producers.
3)Opportunity for development
a) Create opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers: HMJ believes Fair Trade is a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Its purpose is to create opportunities for producers who have been economically disadvantaged or marginalized by the conventional trading system.
b) Promote Capacity building: HMJ provide continuity and product development feed back.
c) Promote Fair Trade: HMJ provide their customers with information about the producers, the products, and in what conditions they are made. HMJ use honest advertising and marketing techniques and aim for the highest standards in product quality and packing.
d) Promote Fair Trade Relations: HMJ trade with concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of marginalized small producers and do not maximise profit at their expense. HMJ maintain longterm relationships based on solidarity, trust and mutual respect that contribute to the promotion and growth of Fair Trade.
a) Work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
b) Show Transparency and accountability: HMJ practices transparent management and commercial relations to deal fairly and respectfully with trading partners.
a) Support a precautionary approach to the following key environmental challenges;
i) loss of biodiversity and longterm damage to ecosystems
ii) pollution of the atmosphere and the consequences of climate change
iii) damage to aquatic ecosystems
iv) land degradation
v) the impacts of chemicals use and disposal
vi) waste production
vii) depletion of non-renewable resource
b) Promote greater environmental responsibility,
i) By mobilising its company, employees, customers and suppliers to reduce their carbon footprint and wider environ mental impact.
ii) Through the sourcing of sustainably harvested materials and the application of responsible methods of production.
iii) Use natural resources efficiently and minimise waste.
c) Offer innovative products and services that minimise harm to the natural environment.
d) Measure, report and continuously improve the environmental impact of operations, products and services.