BIDBI Staff Blog - How we source GREEN...

  • Daya Singh
  • 19th September 2017

This week we have Daya, our Managing Director, along with Kristi, our International Operations Manager, to explain the process he goes through for product sourcing, during which he sometimes has to travel around to find the right material and partner.

 

I started off at BIDBI as the International Operations Manager. my role included sourcing all the products, as I am now Managing Director, I've passed this on to Kristi who deals with the the bespoke orders and current stock.  

The jounery usually starts when a bespoke project lands on Kristi's desk or for me when its time to introduce new lines into our collection.  

Depending on the product, consideration has to be given to the end use; any safety implications, the sustainability of a material, the quality aspect of a finished product as well as ensuring prices are commercially viable.

Both Daya's desk and Kristi's are always full of colourful bags and our new, innovative products!

We at BIDBI pride ourselves on our ECO credentials and working closely with partner FAIRTRADE factories … Initially it’s all about due diligence and getting this right when sourcing any new suppliers; making sure the factory is fully audited. If they are not, then we work with them through continual monitoring, making sure their commitments to social welfare and labour laws are in place and maintained, are all adhered too. Sourcing factories is easy, but sourcing the right factory is tough!

Finally, once we are satisfied with a potential new supplier and their ability to produce a quality product, we then look at the overall levels of service before we class any new factory as a “partner”.

I visit all of our partner factories regularly and communicate with them on a daily basis to ensure the high standards we first put in place with them are adhered to throughout our working relationship.