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Using recycled plastic bottles to make the Eco-fabric for the blazers is a fantastic way to demonstrate to children how products can go on to become something entirely different through the process of recycling. Students are proud to wear their uniforms.

Headteacher, Newport Free Grammar School

We recognise that the factories that produce goods for David Luke may have different legal and cultural environments in which they operate throughout the world. Therefore, our ethical policy below sets the basic requirements all factories must meet in order to do business with David Luke.

David Luke Ethical Policy guidelines for factories

David Luke asks that all of our suppliers adhere to our Ethical Trading Initiative and that they should expect to be inspected regularly. The provisions of this code constitute minimum expectations and not maximum standards and therefore, companies are encourage to exceed these standards.

No Child Labour

  • Our factories employ workers who meet the applicable minimum legal age requirement or are at least 16 years of age, whichever is greater.
  • They must comply with all other applicable child labour laws.
  • They are encouraged to develop lawful workplace apprenticeship programmes for the educational benefit of their workers, provided that all participants meet both David Luke’s minimum age standard of 16 and the minimum legal age requirement.

No Discrimination

Our factories employ workers based on their ability to do the job, not on the basis of their personal characteristics or beliefs. Our factories:

  • Employ workers without regard to race, colour, gender, nationality, religion, age, maternity or marital status.
  • Pay workers wages and provide benefits without regard to race, colour, gender, nationality, religion, age, maternity or marital status.

Wages & Hours

Our factories set working hours, wage and overtime pay in compliance with all applicable laws.

  • Workers are paid at least the minimum legal wage or a wage that meets local industry standards, whichever is greater.
  • Whilst it is understood that overtime is often required in garment production, factories shall carry out operations in ways that limit overtime to a level that ensures humane and productive working conditions.

Forced Labour

Our factories do not use any prison, indentured or forced labour. Our factories:

  • Do not use involuntary labour of any kind including prison labour, debt bondage or forced labour by governments.
  • If they recruit foreign contract workers, the factory pays agency recruitment commissions and they do not require any worker to remain in employment for any period of time against their will.

Working Conditions

Our factories must treat all workers with respect, dignity and provide a safe and healthy environment for them. They shall:

  • Comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding working conditions.
  • Not use corporal punishment or any other form of physical or psychological force.


Our factories must comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations. They must have:

  • An environmental management or system plan.
  • Procedures for notifying local community authorities in case of accidental discharge or release or any other environmental emergency.

Our factories also must be:

  • Sufficiently lit and ventilated, aisles accessible, machinery maintained and hazardous materials sensibly stored and disposed of.
  • Homes provided for workers must be clean and safe. Our factory in Bangladesh is signed up to the “Bangladesh Safety Accord”.

Bribery Policy

David Luke is committed to applying the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in its business activities in the UK and overseas. Every employee and individual acting on David Luke’s behalf is responsible for maintaining our reputation and for conducting company business honestly and professionally. No employee or associated person shall seek a financial or other advantage for the company through bribery. No employee or associated person shall offer, promise, give, request, agree to receive or accept a bribe for any purpose. We take a zero tolerance approach to bribery and corruption and are committed to acting professionally, fairly and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships wherever we operate. Bribery and fraud by any David Luke employee or supplier will be treated as a serious disciplinary offence resulting in dismissal and/or legal action.

It doesn't feel rough, like you might have thought something made out of plastic would.

Pupil, aged 9