Better Cotton Initiative
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a not-for-profit organisation bringing together the cotton industry’s complex supply chain, from farmers, spinners and manufacturers to retailers. It exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment and better for the sector’s future. Inditex has been supporting the BCI’s work since 2011, especially for growers in India, by helping them use better farming techniques that reduce water consumption and cut down on pesticides, among others.
Better Work brings diverse groups together – governments, global brands, factory owners, unions and workers – to improve working conditions in the garment industry and make the sector more competitive. Better Work aims to have a significant and direct impact through its own country-based programmes in the garment sector, as well as its influence, knowledge sharing and partnerships. We have teamed up with Better Work to help establish fundamental labour rights in supplier factories, such as in Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Caritas is the official confederation of the Catholic Church’s charity organisations operating in more than 200 countries and territories across the world. We have been helping their international work since 2008 on relief and community development programmes in Bangladesh and Cambodia, raising living standards and the health and education levels of deprived communities. In Spain, our partnership has been focused on the social integration of vulnerable groups through employment programmes, and helping us sort donated old clothing for recycling, reuse or repair.
The Cotton Campaign is a global coalition of human rights, labour rights, investor and business organisations dedicated to eradicating child labour and forced labour in cotton production. Its goals are to end the state systems of forced labour in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan’s cotton sectors. Inditex and all our brands are signatories of the Cotton Pledge, arranged through the Responsible Sourcing Network, stating that we will not use this cotton in any of our products until this practice is eliminated.
We have had a longstanding partnership with Entreculturas, a non-governmental organisation that champions access to education as a means to social progress. It carries out education initiatives among the least privileged populations of Latin America, Africa and Asia with the aim of bringing quality education to as many people as possible, increasing the scope for transformational change in society. We have funded 46 programmes run by Entreculturas since 2001; our current focus is on Latin America and communities affected by conflict and persecution in Africa.
Ethical Trading Initiative
Inditex has been a member of ETI since 2006, an alignment of companies, trade unions and organisations that want to promote workers’ rights around the globe. Our Code of Conduct of Manufacturers and Suppliers follows the ETI’s Base Code, addressing key issues such as wages, working hours, health and safety, worker representation, as well as the prevention of exploitation and discrimination. Recent projects we have been involved with are centred in India, China, and in Turkey for protection of Syrian refugees working in supply chains.