Do you know where your conference supplies have been made?

All
too often, conference and event related businesses are looking for the
cheapest option for their supplies but unfortunately, this means that
they can unwittingly use poorly run factories which can be unreliable,
low on quality and potentially bad for brand image.
 
As ever, I
believe when buying conference supplies, it is about quality and value
for money, not just price. Factories which make conference supplies have
often come under fire for their poor working conditions and disregard
for CSR policies. Many clients and brands will choose to order their
conference bags and branded products from companies or suppliers they do
not know or have a relationship with just because they offer cheaper
products.
 
There is a major flaw in working with these types of
companies/suppliers though because the client is not aware of how fair
or ethical the company is, nor have they any understanding of how
reliable the factory is, sometimes their supplier does not know this
either.
 
We have picked up many clients who end up desperate to
get their products supplied in time for their event because they have
been let down at the last minute. And, for the really cynical, your
reputation and credibility are in jeopardy if you use the wrong supplier
and get caught out. A prime example of brands using unethical suppliers
was the 2010 ‘sweatshop scandal’ in which several well known high street
brands came under fire for using a clothing supplier with a factory in
India. It was found out that the brands were paying workers just 25p an
hour and forcing them to work overtime, leaving their children
unattended. It caused a major media storm and damaged the brands’
reputation, losing the trust of some consumers.
 
It is far better
to find a supplier who treats their factory workers with respect and
provides them with good working conditions and benefits, than to concern
yourself entirely with price, especially if it could alter the
perception of your brand. Workers in such factories which manufacture
conference supplies should be provided with fair pay, a good working
environment and good sanitary facilities. This way, you will get a
quality product made on time.
 
CSR and the environment are
important to us in the UK, why wouldn’t we want our conference supplies
to be made in a factory with the same values we hold ourselves to?  
 
So,
next time, think about where it is you are ordering your conference
products from and ask whether the company is not just reliable, with a
high quality product but also ethical. You may find it is worth spending
a little extra to ensure high standards not only for the products you
receive but for the workers making them.

Any comments? Email jdavis@mashmedia.net

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