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Sustainability information


As a business, we are proud of our supply chains and the work we do to ensure sustainable sourcing. If you are interested in finding out more information about where we produce our clothes, here is a list of 99.6% of our Tier 1 manufacturing sites for Tu Clothing and Footwear. This is updated on a six monthly basis and is correct at the time of publishing.

All factories that we work with here at Tu, need to meet our Ethical and Technical minimum requirements before any orders can be placed.

We have developed a three gate process that all factories need to go through in order to be onboarded for Tu. We conduct this due diligence to give us confidence that we are placing new business with factories that uphold our standards and share our values. This gated process includes a site visit, an internal desktop review and a third party ethical and technical audit. This entire process needs to be completed before the factory can be signed off by the Head of Buying. It is only once the factory has been signed off, that an order can be placed.

Our Ethical Trade Team

At Tu, there are dedicated ethical trade teams in the UK and all our four Asia sourcing offices (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dhaka and Delhi) who have responsibility for everyday management of ethical issues. They work to support our suppliers by conducting site visits, advising on best practice and training our suppliers.

Ongoing Site management

We pride ourselves on having good supplier relationships and work with them to ensure our high standards are met wherever we are sourcing from.  Ethical and sustainable trading is a key part of this relationship, we require all our suppliers, wherever they are in the world, to meet the Sainsbury’s Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade which is based on the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code for ethical sourcing.  Our code covers 12 key principles, including Child labour shall not be used, safe and hygienic working conditions, payment of a fair wage (national minimum wage being the minimum) and freedom of association.
We risk assess all of our suppliers and every year we conduct, independent, third party ethical audits (either semi-announced or unannounced) at each site as well as our own on site visits from Sainsbury’s colleagues.  We also work to train suppliers on ethical trade and engage with key suppliers on projects designed to improve worker welfare.  In Sainsbury’s Argos alone we trained over 1,500 suppliers in the last year on our updated policies, procedures and ethical sourcing requirements.  We also collaborate with selected third parties and other brands to ensure that continued improvement is a priority.


1. Where is Tu clothing manufactured?

A. We source Tu Clothing from 16 Countries around the world and we work with over 300 sites. If you would like to know more about where our Tu products are made we have published a list of 99.6% of our Tier 1 sites with information including address and number of workers. Please see link here.

2. Do you have a supplier code of conduct at Tu?

A. Yes. We set out our expectations for suppliers on how workers are treated in our Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade, our contractual terms and our Supplier Handbook. Our Code of Conduct is aligned with the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code. Our code covers 12 key principles, including Child labour shall not be used, safe and hygienic working conditions, payment of a fair wage (national minimum wage being the minimum) and freedom of association.  

3. How do you monitor the manufacturing sites where Tu clothing is produced?

A. All Tier 1 sites (which we define as making whole/finished products carrying a Tu label or are identifiable as a Tu product) that we work with must conduct an annual semi announced SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit), one of the most widely used ethical audit formats in the world. These audits need to be conducted by one of our selected audit bodies and must cover the whole site. The audit is then uploaded onto our internal ethical platform. If the audit result does not meet our requirements then the site will be asked to close these off in a set timeframe. In addition to this, at Sainsbury’s Argos we believe in going beyond audits and we have a dedicated Ethical team in the UK as well as our four sourcing offices (China, Hong Kong, India and Bangladesh) who work with all of our Tu sites on capacity building and ensuring that suppliers are complying with our code of conduct.

4. Where can I find your modern slavery statement?

A. We understand our duty to respect human rights, and we are committed to identifying vulnerable workers and we will not tolerate any form of slavery or servitude in our business or supply chains. To understand more about what we are doing as a business to try to prevent slavery, please see our most recent Modern day slavery statement.

5. Does Tu use any sustainable cotton?

A. We understand the significance of the sustainable supply of cotton and have instituted a sustainable cotton strategy, underpinned by our membership of BCI (Better Cotton Initiative). Sainsbury’s are proud to have been active members of BCI since its inception in 2010 and our involvement with the initiative affirms our strong commitment to promoting, and supporting, positive change across the cotton value chain. Our target is to source 100% sustainable cotton for Tu by 2020 which is why in 2016 we signed the Cotton Communiqué.

6. Does Tu have an animal welfare policy?

A. Yes. Here at Tu we believe it is really important to be fair to the people, the environment and the world we live in and ensuring any animal derived material is sourced sustainably is an important part of that. We uphold the highest animal welfare standards for any animal derivatives in our products and in addition to this do not allow the use of animal fur, mohair or angora in any of our products. We do allow wool and leather from certified sources. We also use the RDS (Responsible Down Standard) certification for any feather or down in our products.

7. Does Tu use any recycled materials in its products?

A. Yes. As of Spring/Summer 2019 we have introduced recycled fibres into some of our ranges. You will find this information if applicable on relevant product pages on our website and it is also visible on our swing tickets in store.