After choosing the style, colour and finish of your stone another very important consideration should be the sourcing of this stone. The best way to ensure that your choice of stone has been ethically sourced, is to check that the stone supplier is a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and can prove good ethical practices in manufacturing and can demonstrate appropriate activity within the human rights arena. Natural Paving has been a full member of the ETI for several years and takes an active role in their specialist Stone Group.
We import from a number of countries to offer the best in choice but unlike our UK competitors we also work in partnership with our sole supplier, Stone Exporters India Pvt Limited to manage a number of quarries and factory facilities in India.
As a manufacturer, we invest in our supply chain and the people that work in it. Fully aware of inhumane practices (including child labour), that exist in parts of the world, Natural Paving has made a firm commitment to demonstrate to our industry, just how natural stone mining should be conducted successfully and ethically.
Working with local communities
Our recent work with the SCMCH School and hostel, local to the new factory has included the installation of a new clean drinking water system, the installation of a new 10 station computer classroom and financial donations to this very worthy cause. The local media have taken an interest in our work, which we hope will enhance our acceptance into this village and enable us to give something back to the community. Our long term commitment to this project is to make life much better for the Children at SCMCH and of the villages of Madhya Pradesh.
Stone Exporters India Pvt Limited has partnered with New Delhi based NGO, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) since 2015 to improve the lives of Indian children near the quarries and is funding 10 new Child Friendly Villages as part of its ‘Bal Mitra Gram’ programme. BBA has worked tirelessly throughout decades to eradicate child exploitation and promote child rights.
Image below shows Nobel Peace prize winner, Kailash Satyarthi, the founder of the BBA.
These child friendly villages, set up by the BBA, ensure every child up to the age of 14 gets a quality education and there is a community ban on all child labour and child marriage. Stone Exporters have also opened a new state-of-the-art factory, which will provide further job opportunities to local people. The ‘Bal Mitra Gram’ programme was recently launched at the factory and attended by over 2000 people.
Natural Paving are members of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) ensuring a Base code is followed by its supply chain.
We have received ISO 14001 certification (Environmental Management), which has provided a framework for Natural Paving to enhance how we manage our environmental impact and improve our environmental performance. For example, we are continually investigating all aspects of energy consumption and we are establishing a programme for reduction with measurable targets as part of our ISO14001 commitment. We endeavour to minimise waste through reducing, reusing, recycling and responsible disposal. We are continually developing relationships with suppliers and customers to promote improvements in environmental performance. We always incorporate environmental considerations into our future decision making.
One of our current targets is to reduce our waste transportation and drive efficiencies into the production process within the quarries which we are involved in managing in India.