In March 2020, Ethical Consumer searched the Odylique website for details of how the company managed workers' rights in its supply chain.

The ‘about us’ section of the website stated that the company was a family-owned company and that its products were hand-made in the company’s Suffolk workshop and not outsourced to a factory.

Trading ethically was said to be one of the company’s priorities. In 2009 it became the first UK brand to launch skin care certified to both organic and Fairtrade standards.

It stated that it looked to certify more products with Fairtrade ingredients. The company stated: “2011 saw further innovation with the launch of our beautiful natural mineral make-up range in which the lipsticks and eye liners are made with Fairtrade certified organic shea butter. Then in 2016 our Natural Sun Screen likewise became the first UK sun cream approved by both Fairtrade and the Soil Association."

"We are looking forward to being able to use even more certified Fairtrade ingredients as they become available. Our coconut oil and avocado oil are all purchased from fairly traded sources.”

“Mindful of our commitment to sustainability and the need to minimise our carbon footprint, we try to strike a balance through our relationship with growers, by sourcing locally where possible and through fair trade organisations when we need to buy outside the UK and Europe. We love that through fair trade schemes we can achieve an even closer relationship with the growers of our ingredients.”

As a small company (turnover of less than £10.2million), with an effective if not explicit practice addressing workers' rights within its supply chain the company received Ethical Consumer’s best rating for Supply Chain Management.

Reference:

odylique.co.uk (2020)