J Barbour & Sons Ltd (Barbour) is committed to the welfare and health and safety of all its employees and contractors and to delivering socially and environmentally responsible products to their customers.
The Chairman and the Board of Directors recognise the importance and implications of health, safety, welfare and environmental issues. It is Barbour’s policy that all reasonably practicable steps will be taken to protect employees, customers, contractors and any other persons who enter its premises wherever they are situated. This information will be communicated to all concerned to ensure a safe and healthy environment.
Barbour works in partnership with its own factories and all of its suppliers both in the UK and overseas to ensure that workplace standards, health and safety, fair pay and fair employment conditions are complied with. All major suppliers who work with Barbour are issued with an Apparel/Accessories Supplier Contract which incorporates clauses on human rights, the environment and ethical trading standards, based on the principles of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) code. A supplier must adhere to this Contract in order to be allowed to supply the company. Every year, planned visits and physical inspections are carried out at the company’s discretion.
Risk assessments have been carried out on all work activities and copies of the assessments are available at all UK locations. Employees will receive information, instruction and training on health and safety during Induction and at any other relevant time on the hazards associated with their work activities, the controls in place to ensure safe working whenever new equipment and processes are introduced, and on any changes to safe systems of work. These requirements are also imposed on all major Barbour suppliers in the Apparel Accessories Supplier Contract referred to above.
All employees are encouraged to participate and contribute in health and safety activities within the workplace in order to ensure a positive health and safety culture and to serve on safety committees that are established at all primary sites. A Group Safety Committee meets bi-monthly to formulate overall company policy.
Barbour will consult and co-operate with all appropriate Enforcing Authorities, Insurance Companies, and Professional and Trade Organisations and Institutions to ensure that all policies and standards are adhered to.
Barbour is constantly seeking to provide products that have been responsibly and ethically sourced whilst ensuring that the high quality of the garments is never compromised. In designing garments, consideration is taken to ensure that wherever possible, Barbour uses materials that are recyclable or biodegradable, commercial considerations not withstanding. All Barbour wax jackets are sourced from natural cotton fabrics.
Barbour’s consumer packaging is currently under review to consider the use of further recyclable and sustainable supplies.
In the UK, Barbour complies with Producer Responsibility (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997 and is registered through SWS Complete Compliance Solutions.
It is Barbour’s goal to constantly improve the company’s environmental performance and to manage the company’s activities to prevent and minimise wherever practicable, the effects of those activities on the environment. Barbour aims to meet and where possible, exceed the requirements of all relevant environmental legislation and strives to make good environmental practice a priority.
Barbour’s customer service is unique - any Barbour wax jacket, however old, can be returned to customer services to be rewaxed, reproofed or repaired at any time thus ensuring the garment’s longevity in the market. All other serviceable product returned to Barbour is assessed and graded for further use, of which a large portion is donated to charity.