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Part of Toxic Fashion’s (hereafter referred to as TF) work is to campaign for the government to make a commitment to put our health and environment first. This commitment is achievable as there are everyday small choices in fashion towards a more sustainable approach. TF’s aim is to educate people about the potential dangers of chemicals used in the growing and manufacturing of textiles and ultimately our clothing, in order that we can make informed choices about what we wear that lead to a healthy balanced life which facilitates productivity, contentment, wisdom and long term health.
It is therefore TF’s aim to promote the use of sustainable textiles and those that contain the least amount of chemicals as possible. When selling fashion clothing TF’s business concept is to offer quality products that are manufactured in a way that is environmentally and socially sustainable.
TF value the fact that all their operations are characterised by honesty, integrity and fair play. TF’s Code of Conduct contains guidelines on how we, as an organization will act in various situations.

Using Images and Copyright
TF actively promotes the work of emerging designers who have an ethical ethos, but will ensure that all work featured on the TF website has been used with the consent of the creator. Research activities and promotional activities will also require the following consent:

Activity Consents (Students over 18 years old):
• I understand that I have given my consent for my work to be used on a website promoting ethical fashion, created by the researcher
• I understand that I have given my consent for the researcher to include photographs of myself on the website
Activity Consents (Students under 18 years old):
• I understand that I have given my consent for any work produced whilst undertaking this project to be used on a website promoting ethical fashion, created by the researcher
• I understand that I have given my consent to be videoed whilst undertaking this project. I understand that any recordings will NOT be part of the website promoting ethical fashion and will be used solely for MA assessment evidence by the researcher.
• I understand that I have given my consent to be photographed whilst undertaking this project. I understand that any photographs taken may be part of the website promoting ethical fashion but will be anonymised and will not show the head area of the participant.

Data Consents (Students over 18 years old):
• I understand that I have given approval for my [name, image, opinion] to be published/ shown/ on the website and may be used in future reports/ outcomes/ exhibitions.
• I understand that I have given approval for my [name, design work, opinion] to be published/ shown/exhibited on the website/exhibition of this project and may be used in future reports/ outcomes/exhibitions.
• I understand that my work will be credited with my name in the following format: “Design reproduced with permission by (your name), Colchester Institute, 2011”

Data Consents (Students under 18 years old):
• I understand that I have given approval for my [name, design work, opinion]to be published/ shown/ exhibited in the final report/ outcome/ exhibition of this project and may be used in future reports/ outcomes/ exhibitions.
• I understand that my name will NOT appear on the website, but if my work is used I will be credited using the following: “Design reproduced with permission by Extended Diploma in Art and Design student at Colchester Institute, 2011” (Students under the age of 18). N.B. These details will change dependent on: the place of study, the programme of study and date the consent was obtained.

Statements of Understanding:
• I have read the information leaflet about the research project which I have been asked to take part in and have been given a copy of this information leaflet to keep.
• What is going to happen and why it is being done has been explained to me, and I have had the opportunity to discuss the details and ask questions.

Right of withdrawal:
• Having given this consent I understand that I have the right to withdraw from the programme at any time without disadvantage to myself and without having to give any reason.

Statement of Consent:
• I hereby fully and freely consent to participation in the study which has been fully explained to me.
Images subject to Copyright will only be used with permission and all rights will be respected. Before using an image, the license and/or copyright statement will be read to ensure "acceptable use" has been adhered to and conditions of use are applied.

These conditions may include:
Attribution. The creator lets others copy, distribute, display, and perform their copyrighted work - and derivative works based upon it - but only if they give credit the way you request.

Noncommercial. The creator lets others copy, distribute, display, and perform their work - and derivative works based upon it - but for noncommercial purposes only.

No Derivative Works. The creator lets others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of their work, not derivative works based upon it.

Share Alike. The creator allows others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs their work.

Ethical Procurement
TF believes in a responsible corporate behaviour, and will therefore seek to source products and services in a way that promotes CSR.
• All quotes for products will be compared on the basis of their environmental and social impact and this will be given highest priority in sourcing.
• Where possible, TF will aim to use products and services that meet at least one of the following criteria:
• are locally-sourced
• are supplied by local businesses
• are supplied by businesses with a social or environmental aim, social enterprises, or companies from the trade union or co-operative movements.
• are second-hand where appropriate
• are recommended by Ethical Consumer where appropriate
• take into account active campaign recommendations (e.g. electronics campaign)
• Where TF sources garments, suppliers must meet all provisions of the CCC model code, including credible independent verification of working conditions, and membership of a multi-stakeholder initiative if appropriate. The manufacturing workforce should be organised into a trade union or cooperative.
• Only organic, fair trade and recycled products shall be bought, even if cheaper conventional products are a more economically viable option.
• Chemical products used for printing will be sourced on the basis of their environmental and social impact.
• Plastics (other than recycled) and polystyrene will be avoided unless absolutely necessary.

Energy use
TF aims to have a minimal impact on climate change. It is therefore imperative that TF minimise our carbon footprint (see also travel):
• All plugged electrical equipment should be switched off at the wall socket when not in use.
• All lights will be switched off when not in use, including leaving the room for short times.
• All office light bulbs will be energy saving (where possible).
• Computers will be set so that they will go to stand-by within five minutes of non-use and will switch off completely if not used within 15 minutes.
• Computers and monitors should not be left running at night.
• We will work to ensure that our offices are run on green electricity tariffs.
• Heating and cooling should be at the minimum needed in order to maintain a comfortable working environment.

Travel
Participation in national and international networks requires effective communication and the development of personal relationships through some degree of face-to-face contact. Outreach work too necessitates travel to the location of target groups. While recognising this, TF staff should seek to keep the total amount of travelling to a minimum, and to eliminate air travel wherever possible.

The following protocols should be applied:
• Before committing to attend any event or meeting that requires intercity or international travel, staff should fully consider:
• possibilities for replacing meetings with other forms of communication such as Skype or phone conferencing.
• options for staff located closer to the meeting or event to attend in their place.
• whether or not attendance is justified if neither a) nor b) is feasible.
• Air travel is viewed as an unusual occurrence, not a regular option. Travelling to and/or from a meeting or event by air may not be considered unless one of the following criteria is met:
• it takes place outside of Europe.
• the cost of return travel by train exceeds £300 or travel by coach is outside of budgeted expenditure.
• the time to travel there and back over land exceeds 48 hours.
• another meeting, event or time-critical piece of work falls at a time when the staff member concerned would need to be travelling over land, and cannot be covered for by other TF staff.
• Where one of the criteria in 2) is met, the staff member concerned should
• re-examine the necessity of attending the meeting or event.
• seek a second opinion from another member of the staff team or management committee before booking, setting out in writing the reasons why the meeting/event, and the flight, are deemed necessary.
• Staff should consider options for raising extra funds where cost of travelling overland is the prohibitive factor, reapportioning workloads where time is the prohibitive factor, and travelling over land in one direction even if both is not possible.
• Staff should aim to book travel as early as possible to ensure that the most competitive train tickets are available.
• Staff will record all their travel noting the location and type of transportation used through their expenses claim forms or invoices for travel.
• Car hire should only be considered as an option for UK travel when the person travelling is carrying heavy or bulky items.

Reduction, re-use and recycling of paper
TF aims to minimise its environmental impact, while striving to maximise productivity and professionalism. The following protocols should ensure this:
• Where feasible, documents should be read and stored electronically rather than as paper copies. Office systems should be designed to maximise the amount of work that can be conducted electronically and minimise the amount of paper used.
• Paper will be printed on both sides of the page, where appropriate.
• All waste office paper will be recycled after use.
• Staff will be encouraged to print all internal documents two sheets to one page and on both sides of the paper. Appropriate printer drivers should be installed to ensure this is possible.
• Where appropriate, envelopes and other stationery will be re-used.
• All office paper should be unbleached and recycled and where not available or inappropriate, from sustainably managed sources.
• All mass printing will be printed on recycled or sourced from sustainably managed forest paper with water based inks.

Public communication of our ethical policy
TF aims to set a standard for other organisations to follow, and to demonstrate that an organisation can function sustainably without compromising its effectiveness. To that end:
• This policy should be placed on the TF website.
• Wherever possible, documents for external consumption should contain an ethical statement, for example, “Printed on recycled paper using water-based inks.”
• TF will strive to develop targets to record our performance relating to this policy.

Policy implementation and Review
• All staff will have a responsibility to ensure this policy is implemented in their work and in their workplace.
• This policy will be reviewed annually by the TF management committee.

 

 






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