The KPIs shown above represent work done as of January 2016. The figures reported here will be updated on a regular basis to reflect our continuing work.
Our mission is to ensure that the sourcing of natural stone respects the environment and improves the lives of the people working in quarries and factories.
Serious social issues are associated with the sourcing of natural stone. These are particularly acute in certain countries and some stone types.
We work with member organisations who want to ensure that they are identifying and addressing these issues. Our members include retail buyers, importers and factories across Europe, China and India.
How we work - Transparency
We work with our members to establish product level transparency, to identify and understand where products are sourced and finished. This is a journey that is easier for some members than others; some of our members have complex supply chains and others have businesses that are organised in such a way that it can be difficult to gain a full picture.
Our aim is to use this Hub to report on the work that has been done. It is not a judgement on the effort each member has put in, but rather an effort to ensure that we are transparent on the scope of what TFT can affect. A company that has achieved 100% transparency may have had a shorter, quicker and easier journey than another. The important thing is that transparency is increasing.
What we expect of members
We have outlined the standards we believe natural stone sites should operate to in the RSP code and the associated No Exploitation Guidelines for Stone sites. We expect all members to sign up to these commitments, either directly or through their own values and policies. The approach a member takes will depend on their size, scale and business set up. We also expect our members to be honest and transparent with us about the sources of their stone, to take the time to engage with the transformation plans and to support the work that TFT does.
To read more about how the programme brings change, what members are working towards and types of membership, please click here.
The transparency work gives us an interconnecting web of information about product sources. We use this information to prioritise work and focus on areas where we know there are serious social concerns and on supply chains where we have the leverage to impact change.
All new sites to the programme undergo a baseline assessment. This is a detailed visit where we look at records, visit the site(s) and speak to workers and management. The result is a full report on the current conditions.
This report gives us a base picture of the site, following this a transformation plan is created and shared with both the member and sites.
First, we compile a set of recommended actions and share them with both the members and sites – we do this for all sites. However, we know that simply sending a ‘to do’ list to a site doesn’t work. Therefore the next step for us is to work with the management and the member to provide information and relevant documents, such as templates, to help them put the processes in place that are needed to deliver the change we have recommended.
We follow up on the initial visits with emails and calls and an exchange of information to explain what we expect and how to achieve it. We then revisit, often many times, to understand how things have changed and how the processes have been implemented. Crucially we want to understand whether the work has resulted in real and lasting improvements for the people working on that site.
We keep working with them, and their supply chain, expanding the scope of expectations and increasing the reach of the programme in the onward supply base.
In 2016, we will formally trial a supply chain approach in two supply chains, to ensure that the transformation is long lasting and far reaching.
The RSP works exclusively with sites where we have the potential to conduct follow up.
MembersMembers commit to long-lasting change in their supply chains, making far-reaching commitments to respect people and nature.
Where we workTo give an understanding of the geographical scope of the RSP, sites are collated and reported here under states.