At BAM we’ve always believed in building long term partnerships with our suppliers which means we understand what conditions are like on the ground – and we choose to work with suppliers who share our values. More than 80% of our products are produced in factories we’ve worked with for 5 years or more. But we know if we want to have a net positive impact on our people, there’s more we need to do, looking beyond our suppliers and further back along the supply chain

Improving wages and addressing power imbalances in our industry is a huge and complex challenge which will require alignment from brands, governments, suppliers and even consumer expectations. That’s why we’re joining forces with other brands and working with The Fair Wear Foundation. It’s not sexy attention-grabbing stuff. There’s no big headline. It’s slow, steady work but it’s the only way to create a fairer industry.

The Goal: Fair wages & treatment throughout the supply chain.

How we’re working towards it:

1. Bringing full traceability & transparency to our customers for every single item through digital BAM DNA product passports.

2. Supporting fairer wages and treatment by adopting the Fair Wear approach and looking beyond tier one garment factories.

3. Ensuring every team member thrives & benefits from the success of the business.

The textile industry employs a huge 430 million workers. Because most work within raw material, fibre and fabric processing, tracing our supply chain back to the source is critical to ensure fair treatment for all.

There are still some alarming stories, but the industry is now pretty hot at ethical sourcing and using audits to monitor working conditions in garment factories.
The job now is to create the conditions for living wages which means aligning brands, governments, suppliers and even consumer expectations.

This is a huge challenge that requires industry-wide collaboration. That’s why we’re joining forces with other brands and working with The Fair Wear Foundation. It’s not sexy attention-grabbing stuff. There’s no big headline. It’s slow steady work but it’s the only way to create a fairer industry.

Our People goals

Tracing our supply chain is the first step. We have to know who is making our clothes. Then we can use our influence to improve conditions for everyone in our supply chain:

Inside our factories

The BAM Story / Working for BAM

Fair Wear Foundation member

We’re a Living Wage Employer

Inside our factories

The BAM Story / Working for BAM

Fair Wear Foundation member

We’re a Living Wage Employer

Successes so far

Bam Fairwear Success Bamboo Clothing

The Fair Wear Foundation

Being a member of the Fair Wear Foundation means our robust system for monitoring and growing our supply chain is industry leading. Fair Wear doesn’t just look at our suppliers, they also assess our purchasing and working practices to ensure our working conditions remain top of class.

Also through 3rd party audits, we know that all our suppliers already pay at least the minimum wage for all staff.

Better Buying Partnership Index

We asked our suppliers to take part in the Better Buying Partnership Index survey to give them the opportunity to feedback anonymously on our purchasing practices. Six of our nine suppliers took part this year and we scored 67/100 compared to an average of 39/100 (across all brands involved in the survey). Although we’re pleased to score way above average, there is clearly scope for improvement, which we are working to this year.

Bam Better Buying Success Bamboo Clothing
Bam Employee Trust Success Bamboo Clothing

Employee Ownership Trust

We launched the Employee Ownership Trust in 2021 which means our employees now equally share ownership of 10% of the company. We continue to pay our employees more than the living wage in the UK and we are accredited by the Living Wage Foundation

Our Supply Chain

We’ve mapped 86% of our suppliers across tiers 1-4 (garment factories to fibre production). We’ve also mapped our bamboo back to the raw material source. We’ll continue to monitor and map suppliers at all stages of production. We believe one of the best ways to know what’s going on in your supply chain is to see it for yourself, so we intend to continue visiting all stages once we are able to travel again.

Bam Supply Chain Success Bamboo Clothing
Bam Garment Bamboo Clothing

TIER 1

Garment

100%

Bam Fabric Bamboo Clothing

TIER 2

Fabric

99%

Bam Yarn Bamboo Clothing

TIER 3

Yarn

73%

Bam Fibre Bamboo Clothing

TIER 4

Fibre

72%

Raw Materials

How easy or hard it is to map the origin of our raw materials depends on the crop. Tracing back to the specific areas of forest that bamboo comes from is relatively straight-forward simply because bamboo is a unique fibre, so the supply chain is narrower when you get back to that level. Organic cotton is a far more widely grown crop which means it's harder to trace back to the exact farm and we can only see as far as the country or possibly the province level. So, we collect transaction certificates from suppliers to verify that our cotton is organic.

Piloting 2022. BAM DNA

We’re identifying who makes our clothes from the raw materials to the clothing manufacturer and everyone in between. Every fibre. Every trim.

Want to understand your clothing’s DNA? Just scan the QR code. We’re piloting this with our 73 Zero range and we’re partnering with Green Story again because they are so damn good that this stuff. We’re the first to do this (we think they’re piloting it with us because we’re pretty good at this stuff too).

But the great news is that other brands will follow suit. Which means in the future you’ll be able to see the impact of your clothes and choose ones that are good for the planet.

Aims for the next 3-5 years

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Living wages and fair treatment for every person who makes our clothes, right back to the grower.

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Nature

A fully circular range which conserves natural resources, protects biodiversity, eliminates harmful pollution and closes the loop at the end of use.

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Climate

We are re-crafting our Climate story. Read our blog to find out more in the meantime.

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