In the selection of suppliers, Beter Bed Holding is highly concerned with both the commercial and the ethical sides of the relationship. The absolute precondition is that both the supplier itself and its suppliers adhere to all applicable laws and rules in their own countries.
The method of doing business must be compatible with the standards and values of Beter Bed Holding, which are based on the United Nations Global Compact. The strategic suppliers have been asked to sign the ‘Supplier Code of Conduct’.
Stakeholders have stated that they expect large market parties such as Beter Bed Holding to play a pro-active role in chain management and focus within it mainly on the materials used, or to be used (wood, iron, down, cotton). The next evident step on the way to a circular economy is that the hazardous substances in mattresses, in particular, need to be phased out. This point is raised in regular meetings with suppliers. It is important for Beter Bed that animals are treated with respect. What this means for the organisation is, for instance, that sheep are shorn in an animal-friendly manner for bed textiles and that down is not plucked from live birds.