Suck UK
Code of Conduct
Ethical Standards & Social Responsibility

SUCK UK Ltd is committed to sourcing quality merchandise and developing partnerships with suppliers who share common principles of social and environmental accountability. We ensure that our required standards are met by our suppliers and where necessary factory audits are carried out. We require the same principles to be adopted by all our manufacturing partners at all times.

Audit
SUCK UK work in partership with third party inspection company Asia Inspection to help its suppliers manage and improve their ethical accountability. SUCK UK has chosen to carry out inspections to the SMETA standard, originally designed by Sedex. We believe SMETA inspections produce a comprehensive report that is easy for our customers to evaluate and pays special attention to needs to the factories workers. SUCK UK is a B member of Sedex however our audits are not visible on the Sedex platform. We are working with Sedex to facilitate this although we believe we can provide a more transparent representation of our ethical compliance by supplying copies of our factory audits directly to our customers on request.

Manufacturing Standards
SUCK UK care about how our products are manufactured and the working conditions in which they are produced. We are committed to ensuring that our chosen suppliers provide a safe and hygienic working environment for all of their employees.

Product Testing
SUCK UK has a close relationship with Intertek UK and ensures all new products placed on the market are safe and tested to the regulatory standards implemented by British Standards. We are happy to investigate other testing methods or certificates on request from our international customers. All test certificates are available in the technical information tab for each product.

Environmental Standards
SUCK UK are environmentally conscious and are taking small steps to become greener when and wherever possible. We only work with suppliers who share our commitment to:

  • Use product materials that are sustainably sourced where possible.
  • Clearly label the materials we use for recycling purposes.
  • Dispose of harmful waste materials safely and cleanly where their use cannot be avoided.
  • Use renewable energy sources where possible.
  • Actively reduce waste production.

Suck UK is registered with the UK Environment Agency under the WEEE scheme. Our reference number is WEE/JH3584ST.

Wages and Hours
Our suppliers shall pay all workers at least the minimum legal wage governed in their local areas in a timely manner. Whilst overtime is voluntary and may be necessary at times during peak time production, our suppliers operate in a manner that limits overtime to a level that ensures a safe and productive working environment.

Child Labour
SUCK UK do not tolerate child labour or forced labour of any kind. Our suppliers only employ workers above the local legal age limit to produce our products. SUCK UK encourage apprenticeship programmes for young people as long as they are not exploited or placed in a situation that would endanger their health and safety.

Respect for Individuals
SUCK UK believes that individuals should be employed on the basis of their ability to do a good job – not on the basis of individual characteristics or beliefs. We refuse to develop business with any supplier who discriminates either in hiring or in employment practices.

Intellectual Property
Our suppliers respect and support the protection of the trade secrets, patents, trademarks and copyrighted works of SUCK UK and its customers. All of our suppliers have signed a confidentiality agreement which protects all information that is provided by us and our clients.

Factory Visits
We aim to regularly visit our key suppliers in China and Hong Kong. We believe face to face meetings with the owners and staff helps build a strong, mutually beneficial business relationship. This also enables us to witness and understand working conditions directly, rather than from a 3rd party audit report.

Our visits also provide a valuable opportunity for our suppliers to showcase information about their manufacturing and product development capacity. This insight is invaluable, enabling us to improve and develop new product ideas, whilst maintaining the highest quality and efficiency - the benifits of which we pass on to our customers.

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Sedex
SUCK UK and many of our suppliers are members of The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex). This is an organisation set up for businesses committed to continuously drive improvement on ethical performances of their supply chain. Companies who join Sedex share the same vision and information about the labour standards at their factories and are assessed by customers to ensure ethical and responsible business practices are adhered to.

The information on SUCK UK's suppliers is accessible on the Sedex database. This scheme helps provide our customers with the confidence to enjoy our products and services. For more information, please visit: www.sedex.org.uk Reference Number: S000000034894

SMETA
Is not a code of conduct, a new methodology, or a certification process, but describes an audit procedure which is a compilation of good practice in ethical audit technique. The SMETA documents are designed to be used in conjunction with current established practices by experienced auditors to help them to conduct high quality audits that will be accepted by multiple retailers and brands.