Sustainable Factory Policies
RPD runs a strict policy on the quality and integrity of our suppliers. All RPD accredited supply chain factories go through an evaluation process which takes up to 2 years. This process considers the welfare of employees, the environmental sustainability, manufacturing capabilities, project management process.
Whilst we do not publicly publish our evaluation process, the criteria cover the following areas:
• Worker well-being and conditions
• Worker and site safety measures
• Manufacturing capabilities
• Capacity and seasonal loading
• Manufacturing quality
• Quality control measures and processes
• Environmental Responsibility programs
• Project management processes
• Financial stability and structure
• Customer references
There are 3 key stages of evaluation for RPD suppliers, which define varying levels of contribution to projects, regularity of audits and RPD’s on-site presence.
Supplier On-Boarding Stages
Stage 0 Suppliers
Stage 1 Suppliers
Stage 2 Suppliers
Supplying <1 Year
Supplying 1-2 Years
Supplying 2+ Years
Factories and suppliers can apply to join the RPD supply chain by contacting the UK Procurement Manager.
Stage 0 suppliers work on low risk projects, and test projects to evaluate their capabilities and performance.
Stage 1 suppliers contribute to projects under close review and mostly on-site project management by RPD staff.
Stage 2 suppliers are fully qualified contributors to RPD projects after 2 years, audited once a year by RPD staff.
Suppliers will be required to fill out a self-assessment of their facilities and operation to begin the process.
Stage 0 suppliers are audited every 3 months, these are largely carried out as unscheduled spot checks.
Stage 1 suppliers are audited every 6 months, these are combined with heavy on-site management of client projects.
Stage 2 suppliers are audited once a year, to maintain quality. Projects are often managed on-site by RPD.
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