Indian Sandstone is becoming increasingly popular. It is less expensive than natural British stones and within 10 years it is expected to account for a quarter of the UK domestic market for decorative paving.
However with its growing popularity there is also growing concern over its origins. We’re all becoming more aware of the chances child labour might have been involved, or bonded-labour – a modern form of slave labour; poor working conditions; next-to-nothing wages and practically no health and safety regulations.
One company that claims to be confident of the origins of its products and its supply chain is Marshalls plc
Marshalls has signed up to the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). It employs independent auditors that regularly visit Stoneshippers, its sole supplier’s quarry in Rajasthan, to ensure it is meeting the ETI Base Code.
Marshalls’ Group Marketing Director, Chris Harrop has also made a number of personal visits to ensure the working conditions at the quarries meet Marshalls’ exacting standards and to verify first-hand that no child labour is used.
“Marshalls is committed to managing its supply chain through regular independent auditing to ensure that safety, environmental and human rights are upheld by our suppliers,” said Chris