Ethical Trading at V12

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V12 are committed to ensuring we have a positive impact on the lives of those working directly or indirectly for the company by guaranteeing fair, safe and humane working conditions. We guarantee this by insisting all V12 suppliers meet our Ethical Trading Standards - without exception. V12 will only work with an organisation if they have proven they can meet these requirements and adhere to these standards, because we expect all suppliers to uphold the rights of the individuals working for them.

V12 Footwear - BoB bootAdditionally, we ensure that every supplier working with V12 meet the internationally recognised good labour practice code of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). 

If V12 find any evidence of conduct that breaches our ethical trading expectations or if we find that international or UK trading laws and regulations have not been followed, this will result in immediate exclusion from supplying V12 Footwear in the future. 

In this blog, we’re going to take you through what these particular standards involve, and how we expect all of our suppliers to meet them - with no exceptions - to ensure safe and legal working conditions for everyone involved in the V12 supply chain.


This policy requires all of our suppliers to adhere to the following stipulations regarding working conditions: 


  • Child labour used by any supplier
  • Slavery or involuntary labour used in a supplier’s operation
  • Human trafficking linked to a supplier’s recruitment
  • Health and safety hazards that could immediately endanger life
  • Form of bribery used in relation to V12 Footwear business


All V12 suppliers must show that they operate in line with the standards of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), an internationally recognised base code of good labour practice founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). 

Being in line with this code means that all of our suppliers ensure: 

  • National legal living wages are paid 
  • Working hours comply with legal or benchmark industry standards
  • Working conditions are safe and hygienic, and health and safety training is given upon recruitment
  • Employment is chosen and not enforced
  • Employees are treated humanely and without discrimination
  • Employees have the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining such as joining or forming a trade union 

Click here for the full ETI base code standards document.


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Our pursuit of the highest ethical trading standards permeates throughout every aspect of V12 Footwear, from our factories abroad to our UK head office.  

Our company values are: 

  • Step up
  • Own it
  • Think team
  • Mutual respect

These values are followed energetically and passionately by every member of our team to ensure that regardless of whether an employee is part of marketing, product development, operations or logistics, the work we do and the way in which we do it meet the very highest standards of quality, so our wearers can enjoy the very highest standards of safety.   


So, with a full focus on excellence in our Corporate and Social Responsibility at every stage of the production process, V12 wearers and its employees can trust that our footwear doesn't just come with safety benefits: it comes with a whole range of benefits for people and workforces across the globe.

Want to find out more about our CSR? Read our recent blog on V12's continual improvement ISO standards.