Recent analysis of the of the CHSA’s accreditation schemes for soft tissues, plastic sacks and cotton mops has conclusively shown that scheme members achieved near perfect compliance in 2016 and has reiterated the importance of the need for buyers of such products to specify scheme members in their future tenders.
CHSA scheme member and Robert Scott sales director, Alastair Scott, said: “As one of the first members of the scheme and as one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of mops and janitorial cleaning supplies - almost half million mops each week - I have long been a supporter of the need for an industry standard of quality which ensures that potential buyers of these products can purchase them in the knowledge that they not only do what they say on the label, but are also manufactured in the most ethical and environmentally sensitive manner. This means that each individual item can be traced back to its manufacturer and batch number but also, in the specific case of cotton mops, that the weight and absorbency of each mop is guaranteed as per the label it carries.”
The audit carried out by independent inspectors confirmed that, overall, 98.6% compliance was achieved by the mop scheme members, demonstrating that now, more than ever, purchasers can be certain that they get what they pay for. Building on the success of the accreditation scheme for its manufacturing members, the CHSA in January launched its Accredited Distributor Scheme. As with the manufacturing standards, accreditation applicants will be admitted on completion of an auditing process.
“As a company Robert Scott has, over the years, done all it can to adhere to a number of accreditations and standards set up to ensure both the quality of our product range and the welfare and environmental standards that so many companies now demand from their suppliers, “ continued Scott. “This includes everything from ethical trading policies and the use of child labour in the supply chain through to environmental policies and minimising environmental impact, the use of FSC certified products and a dedicated move away from a reliance on the use of harmful chemicals - all of which Robert Scott supports. And with the vast majority of mops manufactured here in Saddleworth we’re proud to wave the flag for made in Britain products.”