People are the most important asset of any business and we've come to understand the vital importance of every person in our supply chain, whether that's a project estimator, delivery driver, sales person or a stone mason working for one of our Indian natural stone suppliers. This focus on people is the driving force behind London Stone's commitment to managing an ethical supply chain. We're fiercely loyal to all the suppliers in our foreign supply chains and it's through these relationships that we are able to drive positive change and ultimately improve conditions for the workers who make our products.
In 2015 London Stone threw our weight behind a project to create Child Labour Free Zones (CLFZ) in Budhpura, a major cobble producing region in Rajasthan, and a sector that's notoriously vulnerable to the use of child labour. The challenge is to persuade all community stakeholders that children should be in school; no ifs, buts or maybes.
The project has seen hundreds of children enrolled into formal education and has also mobilised a whole community to stand up and take control of their own future.
For updates on the progress being made in Budhpura visit www.nochildleftbehind.co.uk
Opening up our foreign supply chains to full independent scrutiny in 2015, London Stone signed up to the Forest Trust's Responsible Stone Programme. We are proud to have 100% visibility on our foreign supply chains all the way down to quarry level.
Auditors from TFT are now in the process of visiting the different production sites within our foreign supply chains to inspect the conditions and to ensure that they are safe and hygienic, no child labour is used, working hours are not excessive and that living wages are paid.
Full visibility of our progress within the Responsible Stone Programme can be found here at our TFT transparency hub.