We're not claiming to have all the answers, but are committed to driving continuous improvements throughout our supply chain.


In terms of how we do business, we do not operate our own factories, but ask all of our suppliers to commit to The Monsoon Accessorize Code of Conduct. This is based on ETI standards and sets out minimum requirements relating to working conditions, pay and employment rights. We then work closely with our suppliers to help them improve and monitor progress through regular visits from our own as well as external audit teams. This includes some unannounced visits so we can get an accurate picture of progress.


Our efforts do not stop at the factory gates but extend to the craftspeople who help create some of our product, often in homes and villages. In particular, we are supporting SEWA, India's Self Employed Women's Association, to set up embroidery centres and community programmes in Delhi and Bareilly in North India.


To us, living our values means creating long-standing, sustainable relationships - and we have worked with many of our suppliers for over 20 years. This doesn't mean we turn a blind eye. If we find a problem, we work together to put it right. If our suppliers do not come up to scratch within a reasonable time frame, we are prepared to move our business elsewhere.


To find out more, you can read the Monsoon Accessorize Ethical Trading Report 2011-2012


STATEMENT ON ANGORA WOOL

Monsoon Accessorize is committed to ensuring high ethical standards across its global supply chain. This includes a commitment to promoting animal welfare and zero tolerance for animal cruelty.

Following concerns raised by customers about the treatment of angora rabbits, we are conducting additional audits of farms used by our suppliers. While our investigations have not found any evidence of live plucking or tethering, as a precautionary measure, we will not place any further angora orders until our investigations are complete.

Beyond our existing stock and orders, we will only continue to sell angora if we are completely satisfied that high animal welfare standards have been met.