At Nobody’s Child everybody counts. We’re passionate about creating an inclusive workplace culture and recognise that people are at the heart of everything we do.
Doing a world of good for people and the planet is what we truly believe in. Because while we’re on a journey, we feel positive about the change we can make along the way.
We’re committed to creating an inclusive, vibrant and empowered workforce that’s equipped to navigate and thrive with the growth trajectory of the brand. By investing in the employee experience, fostering collaboration and providing growth opportunities, we’ve built a resilient organisation that knows the true strength and importance of its people. It’s a journey – and our team are brought along for the ride.
Our people-first approach is underpinned by the key pillars of our culture: wellbeing, a growth mindset, recognition, engagement and connection. If you follow us on LinkedIn, you’ll know we love to take a moment to recognise and celebrate, from smashing targets to the small wins, it all counts. From our Camden head office to our London boutiques, we’re proud of the values led culture we’ve created at Nobody’s Child. Our team live and breathe our core values, no matter what their role is.
- Be brave
- Be kind
- Be agile
- Be optimistic
Ensuring our team’s wellbeing is a priority is key to our people strategy. In addition to providing employees with dedicated wellbeing days and wellbeing breaks during work hours, we’ve made an impactful partnership with the Retail Trust. This collaboration ensures that all our employees feel supported, empowering them to take control of their own wellbeing with access to counselling, virtual GPs, crisis support, work engagement tools and so much more.
Labour standards and Code of Conduct
We ensure safe and fairly paid work for everyone who works for and with Nobody’s Child and it’s integral that our partners throughout our supply chain are treated as such. We have labour standards in place that are continuously monitored. We’re committed to strengthening these safeguarding measures each year. Our suppliers must meet or exceed the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
Our Code of Conduct ensures the companies we purchase goods and services from:
- Operate lawfully
- Don’t exploit the people who work for them
- Provide decent working conditions
- And don’t damage the environment
Our Code of Conduct is based on the ILO conventions and the Ethical Trading Initiative’s base code, to which we’ve added two additional requirements covering modern day slavery and the environment. The Code is designed to be fair and has the aim of promoting the ongoing development and success of our suppliers and factories. In collaboration with our key partners, we aim to exceed all targets.
We work with specialist companies to independently audit our suppliers’ factories on an annual basis and have a rigorous Ethical Trade Programme in place. The audits include confidential interviews with workers, wide-ranging document checks including employee contracts, wages, hours and thorough health and safety inspections. Any non-compliances found are given specific timescales in which to complete them by. Once the non-compliances are rectified they will be approved by a document review or additional follow-up audits.
Running a responsible fashion business isn’t just about humans. It’s about animals too. Currently, the only animal fibre we use is a small amount of wool. Meanwhile we’ve reassessed our approach and taken into consideration the negative water pollution, land use and global warming factors that are commonly associated with its production. Where we can, we use recycled wool. Any virgin wool we use must be Responsible Wool Standard certified, which looks out for the welfare of sheep and the land they graze on.
Beyond the use of wool, we don’t use any other animal fibres in our clothing collection.
Gender equality & women’s empowerment
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a sustainable world. We’re signed up to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) to promote gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community. Established by the UN Global Compact and UN Women, the WEPs are aligned with international labour and human rights standards and are grounded in the recognition that businesses have a part to play in the progression of gender equality.
We’re also partnered with Smartworks, a UK charity that exists to give women the confidence they need to reach their full potential, secure employment and change the trajectory of their lives. Keep reading, there’s more on this later…
We recently launched a Green Champions (GCs) committee providing employees with a voice to drive internal sustainability and wellness initiatives. The GCs meet every month and have already made an impact with the introduction of reusable coffee cups and recycling initiatives. Our GCs are currently working on turning our rooftop space into a chill-out zone where our colleagues can take breaks on sunnier days, as well as many other exciting projects.
Charities & community work
We’re committed to making a positive change within the fashion industry and to the communities around us. Since 2021, Nobody’s Child has:
- Gifted over 3,000 units of stock and samples to Smartworks, a UK charity that exists to give women the confidence they need to reach their full potential, secure employment and change the course of their lives
- Provided the Red Cross Syria and Turkey Earthquake Appeal with 9,400 units of clothing which they could sell in their UK outlets, with all funds going directly to the appeal
- Donated clothes to Newlife, a charity that supports children with disabilities by providing much needed specialist equipment.
- Supported WWF’s Wildfire Emergency Appeal by donating over £5,000 to help stop the wildfires in Turkey and protect the animals affected.
- Planted 5,448 trees in partnership with TreeSisters, as well as committed to planting a tree for every bag our customers donate to Re-Fashion
- Supported the housing and homelessness charity Shelter by raising over £6,000 through the donation of 5% of all knits and outerwear sold to ‘The wrap up for Shelter campaign’ in 2022/23
- Arranged a team litter pick around the area of our studio in Camden, London
- Provide mental health and wellbeing training to the business, equipping first aiders with hands on support tactics for their colleagues
- Publish our first Modern Slavery Statement to accompany our Code of Conduct and Subcontracting Policy
- Utilise and empower our Green Champions to help shape business decisions and enhance our culture, values and working environment
- Partner with a charity in one of our strategic sourcing countries that reflects our values
- Introduce an employee volunteering scheme with Smartworks to further support our collaboration, helping them give women the tools they need to reach their full potential