A love story
Ten years. Ten years of exchanges, phone calls, meetings, projects carried out together. If you feel like you're reading a love story, it's because the bond between us and our suppliers is one! It is these years of collaboration that have enabled us to continually improve the quality of our products, and it is the result of a relationship of trust that allows us today to go further, by taking them on board with us in the sustainable and ambitious transformation project that we are carrying out.
Code of conduct
Each year, all our suppliers commit to respecting our code of conduct. A simple document, which assures us of their compliance with fundamental ethical principles, which are too often ignored in the textile industry: the fight against child labour and forced labour, respect for legal working hours, a guarantee of fair remuneration, a safe and healthy working environment, and freedom of association. Our suppliers must also ensure that their own subcontractors comply with these principles, failing which we reserve the right to terminate any business relationship.
An extensive audit programme
An outside eye is never too valuable in the pursuit of ethical production. We have therefore also implemented a rigorous policy of social audits. The objective: to maintain the highest level of trust in our long-standing partners on a daily basis. Conducted according to the international BSCI or Pur Projet methodologies, which are among the most demanding in the world, there are twenty audits per year, accompanied by corrective action plans in the event of non-compliance. Our plan is to continue this sustainable transformation by working hand in hand with our suppliers at every stage of the process.
In August 2021, ba&sh moved up a gear
We joined the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), an organisation dedicated entirely to social compliance, with the aim of improving working conditions in companies' international supply chains. Supplier mapping, early detection of problems, auditing, corrective action and training are all designed to help companies like ours fulfil their mission of sustainable production.
60% of our production is carried out in Asia, between China and India. We produce clothing in mainly cotton, viscose and polyester, which are raw materials that come from these regions.
40% of our production is takes place between Europe (30%) and north Africa. This is where most of our accessories & knitwear are produced using local know-how.
47% of production sites audited during 2021
Fairly Made x ba&sh
We are continuing our commitment to a more sustainable future by partnering with Fairly Made, in order to provide even greater transparency on the traceability of our products.
As of winter 2022, with the help of Fairly Made and their innovation solution, we will offer our customers extensive information to trace the production cycle of our products, from textile manufacturing to the end product, all thanks to a QR code.
We are also committed to three pillars: respect for the environment, social impact and the recyclability of our products, with the help of quantitative information provided by Fairly Made.
Frequently asked questions
To limit the environmental impact of our products, we use certified materials: recycled fibres, organic materials, ethically sourced materials, ecological alternatives to conventional viscose, etc.
We carefully select the most demanding international standards.
We have defined a framework to monitor and improve social performance in our supply chain.
Each partner must commit to our supplier code of conduct and comply with a number of ethical principles.
We conduct social audits of our entire supplier base. If non-conformities are identified, we support our suppliers in implementing corrective action plans to contribute as much as possible to the rapid and sustainable transformation of our industry.
Since August 2021, ba&sh is also a member of BSCI, a social compliance initiative. This tool provides a framework for monitoring and improving social performance in our supply chain: supplier mapping, early detection of problems, auditing, corrective actions and training. The aim is to protect workers' rights and improve their working conditions.
In shop, our bags are made of FSC-certified paper and are made from 80% recycled fibres. They are 100% recyclable.
For e-commerce packaging, our packaging is made of 100% recycled cardboard, 100% recyclable and originally from sustainably managed forests (FSC). Since the beginning of 2021, we also offer REPACK, a reusable packaging solution. This packaging reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80% compared to 100% recycled and 100% recyclable packaging.
To protect ba&sh parts during transport and in the warehouse, we use plastic bags. By 2020, our polybags are 60% recycled and 100% recyclable. By 2022, our polybags will be 100% recycled and 100% recyclable. We are aware that this is only the first step, and we are working to minimise our use of polybags and maximise their reuse in a closed loop.