Building A Sustainable Future
The world is changing and consumers are well aware of the political, social and technological injustices across the globe. At Portfolio Home, we recognise our responsibilities as a business and we’re determined to help build a sustainable future. We place a high priority on operating Portfolio Home to high standards of integrity and ethics.
We recognise the importance of championing a better way of doing business and doing the right thing by people and our planet. That’s why we’re continually developing our sustainable initiatives to help reduce our carbon footprint, offer an eco-friendly alternative and present a fairer way of operating.
Our Values At Portfolio Home
✔ Caring for our planet
✔ Ethically sourced products
✔ Improving people’s lives
Caring For Our Planet
We are proud to announce we were one of the first home textile suppliers within the UK to change from single-use virgin plastic to reusable and more environmentally friendly fabric bags. The fabric bags offer a reusable ‘green’ alternative and use no plastic whatsoever. Portfolio Home also has packaging in widely recyclable and reusable card giftboxes with zero plastic waste. Where plastic packaging has been unavoidable, the business made a conscious decision to move away from PVC non-recyclable single-use plastic to LDPE4 plastic packaging which is accepted in a number of UK recycling schemes. We are currently working towards reducing our use of plastic packaging across our range of products.
Within our flexible fulfilment services, particularly Direct Dispatch (also know as drop ship) we only use mailing bags made from 100% recycled material. Our polythene mailing bags are also widely recyclable which significantly reduces our carbon footprint.
The primary material composition of all our products come from a sources whereby we can trace the legitimacy of its production ensuring our ethical standards are met. No use of any animal products is used in any stage of our production of home textile products nor are any harmful chemicals which greatly reduces risk to the environment.
Selected products within our collection have a natural material content such as our luxury Prestige linen union which uses 100% cotton blended with a quality natural linen. Both materials are made from natural fibres and provide consumers with many benefits. The dyes we use are also certified to be harmless and eco-friendly.
To lower our carbon dioxide emissions, the Portfolio Home brand has actively reduced our energy consumption by using renewable sources of energy such as electric and hybrid company vehicles to endeavour to help reduce carbon emissions to zero.
Ethically Sourced Materials
We work only closely with our global network of trusted suppliers with the aim that the materials used in the manufacture processes are traceable, and socially and ethically-sourced. Our suppliers have factories in the UK, Pakistan, China, India, Turkey, Portugal and Bangladesh. We regularly review our suppliers’ policies and practices and expect them to adhere to our high standards. All our partnered factories are visited and audited by a representative of the company prior to any business relationship.
We endeavour to ensure our products are fairly made with a priority on fair and ethical working practices. We assess our suppliers’ goods and we will only work with suppliers when they can demonstrate best practice, quality goods and work towards protecting the environment, conservation, human rights and renewable resourcing.
All suppliers are issued with and are expected to comply with Portfolio Home’s Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy and Ethical Trading Policy. As we actively review our supply chains, we have a zero-tolerance policy on child labour, modern slavery or animal testing.
Portfolio Home is committed to ensuring our suppliers adhere to the high standards of ethics and we outline our Ethical Practice Policy. Suppliers must demonstrate that they provide safe working conditions and that they are committed to working to the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code and to ongoing improvements to employee working conditions.
Portfolio Home has a dedicated Quality Audit and Product Technologist department that check quality and standards of products before they reach our customers – ensuring only the best products are offered to consumers. We only work with skilled textile suppliers, textile designs and specialists and try to promote quality methods of production. Any violations of the Portfolio Home’s Ethical Trading Policy will lead to the termination of the business relationship.
Our supplier certification must include:
• ISO 90001: 2000 • Oeko-Tex Standard100 • ETI (Ethical Trade Initiative) • C-TPAT • SEDEX Member Status
Improving People’s Lives
The business recognises its responsibility in ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its company or that of its supply chain. We have put procedures in place to ensure the maximum protection against hidden labour exploitation of workers or applicants by third party/ rogue individuals. You can view our Modern Slavery Statement here.
All employment of staff by Portfolio Home (Bridstock Gate Ltd) is in the UK and is conducted in line with UK law in regards to employment and health & safety. We proudly invest in our staff and we believe in improving people’s lives. As such we champion the following initiatives for and with our members of staff.
– Equal opportunities employer with a firm zero tolerance on discrimination
– Regular pay reviews
– Private medical insurance cover including dental, optical – Death in service
– Training and mentorship for professional development
– Company perks such as sample sales, fun days, dress down days
– We support local causes within the community from sponsorship of football teams to donation of goods
– Charity work – regular fundraising including charity bakes and sponsored runs that raise thousands of pounds every year for our selected charities