When the Cooneen Group first started out as a small family clothing business just over 50 years ago, one of our main goals was to provide employment for local families living within our community.
But more than that, we really wanted to support, sustain, and develop the small rural community of which we were a part, so that everyone living in our midst could prosper and benefit in some small way.
Fortunately, this sense of community is still as strong as ever within the Cooneen Group which is why CSR is nothing new to us: striving to make a positive difference to the lives of ordinary people, and the communities in which we do business, has always been our ethos.
Finally, our strong human values and our dedication to making all our employees valued members of our team, are evidenced by the fact that some of the very first employees who joined Cooneen in 1966, are still with us to this day!
We are 100% committed to ethically sourcing the products we use because we strongly believe in playing our part in ensuring a just and fair society, where everyone can thrive and prosper.
We are also fully committed to supporting a cleaner environment, and to improving the quality of life of our employees and their families, so that we can leave a positive and lasting impact on the communities in which we are located.
To ensure ethical compliance, the Cooneen Group voluntarily achieved registration to International Social Accountability Standard SA8000. This registration is an integral part of the our Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy.
*The Cooneen Group has maintained continual registration to SA8000 since 2009
To enable us to verify any information relating to our CSR standards, policies and practice, and to allow us to easily communicate this information to interested parties (suppliers, clients, and customers), all companies within the Cooneen Group are members of SEDEX.
Membership of this organisation demonstrates our willingness, as an organisation, to share information for the purpose of helping to manage and improve ethical standards within the supply chain.
In support of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and its pursuance of the eradication of slavery, servitude, child labour, forced labour, human trafficking and workplace abuse, the Cooneen Group is committed to playing its part in eradicating modern slavery in the communities in which it operates, and has voluntarily and publicly issued its annual Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking statement.
To allow us to honour our ambitious environmental commitments, we continually use our management systems to deliver improvements to our global supply chain, by cascading, monitoring, and verifying progress towards the principles and requirements of ISO14001.
* Cooneen Group have held the internationally recognised environmental standard ISO14001 continually, since 2008.
Wherever we operate around the world, we are always very conscious that expanding our business into new areas means entering into the lives of ordinary people.
This in turn brings with it a responsibility to support and improve the local communities in which we operate, by providing them with employment opportunities, by investing in education, by sponsoring teachers, or by providing much needed facilities and infrastucture.
Thankfully, given our own very strong sense of community and our corporate values of integrity, innovation, success and leadership, this responsibility is one we take extremely seriously, and is one we are passionate about delivering on.
In addition to compliance with all UK legislation, the Cooneen Group voluntarily supports and respects the principles of the following international instruments:
ILO Convention 1 (Hours of Work – Industry) and Recommendation 116 (Reduction of hours of work)
ILO Conventions 29 (Forced Labour) and 105 (Abolition of Forced Labour)
ILO Convention 87 (Freedom of Association)
ILO Convention 98 (Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining)
ILO Conventions 100 (Equal Remuneration) and 111 (Discrimination – Employment and Occupation)
ILO Convention 102 (Social Security – Minimum Standards)
ILO Convention 131 (Minimum Wage Fixing)
ILO Convention 135 (Workers Representatives)
ILO Convention 138 and Recommendation 146 (Minimum Age)
ILO Convention 155 and Recommendation 164 (Occupational Safety and Health)
ILO Convention 159 (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment – Disabled Persons)
ILO Convention 169 (Indigenous and Tribal peoples)
ILO Convention 177 (Home work)
ILO Convention 182 (Worst forms of Child Labour)
ILO Convention 183 (Maternity Protection)
ILO Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination