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.
Supplier Code of Conduct
Each year, all of our suppliers sign our code of conduct and commit to the fundamental ethical principles it outlines. Our suppliers must also ensure that their own subcontractors comply with these principles, failing which we reserve the right to terminate any business relationship.
A social audit programme
ba&sh has a policy of social audits. We only recognise the most stringent methodologies: BSCI, SMETA SEDEX, WCA or ICS. The social audit must be repeated every 2 years. When non-conformities are identified during the audit, ba&sh carries out follow-up work with suppliers, via corrective action plans.
In August 2021, ba&sh joined a social compliance initiative.
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.
We intend to go even further. From 2023 we will also conduct environmental audits. We will start with the denim laundering facilities.
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.
77% of our production sites were audited by the end of 2022, i.e. audited by an independent third party according to BSCI, SMETA SEDEX, WCA or ICS methodologies and less than 2 years old.
The target is 100% by early 2023.
Fairly Made x ba&sh
We are continuing our commitment that began in 2020 to achieve a high level of traceability in our supply chains and to provide our customers with even greater transparency on our products. In spring 2022, we partnered with a product traceability and impact measurement solution called Fairly Made.
The Fairly Made x ba&sh collaboration has allowed us to take these steps towards better traceability: 30 products in the Winter 2022 collection, 100 products in Summer 2023 and 300 traceable products in the Winter 2023 collection.
Traceability score, recyclability score, materials focus, product life cycle, calculation of kilometres travelled and measurement of 3 significant indicators at the product level: carbon footprint, freshwater euthrophication and energy consumption.
The 6 pillars of our commitment
Frequently asked questions
ba&sh uses cotton, viscose and viscose alternatives, wool, mohair, alpaca, synthetic fibres (less than 10% of ba&sh's total materials by production volume).
We know that the production of our raw materials is ba&sh's biggest impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions generated and strain on biodiversity.
Wherever possible, ba&sh sources certified fibres: cotton fibres that come from organic farming, wool from certified mills that guarantee animal welfare and sustainable pasture management, viscose whose wood pulp comes from sustainably managed forests, less impactful alternatives such as Tencel or EcoVero, recycled fibres for cashmere.
We carefully select the most rigorous international labels.
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 stores, our bags and boxes are made of 80% recycled paper, they are 100% recyclable and FSC certified.
We aim to use only 100% recycled and recyclable cardboard packaging by the end of 2023, with wood pulp from sustainably managed forests (FSC).
In 2023, we also want to introduce a new range of reusable packaging for e-commerce deliveries. The idea: circular packaging, which you are invited to drop off at the post office after receiving your parcel, so that we can reuse it. The result: a reduction of more than 80% in greenhouse gas emissions from packaging.
In 2022, our polybags will be made of 100% recycled and recyclable PE.