Meltemi is the healthcare specialist of Alsico Laucuba, the UK arm of the Alsico Group. A international network of companies, we specialise in the design, manufacture and distribution of workwear to the healthcare sector in the UK and Northern Ireland across all healthcare professionals. With a wide range of stock backed garments, stored and despatched from our 70,000sqm Preston warehouse, we are able to offer uniform solutions for all job roles, from clinical staff to maintenance, allied health professionals and admin staff.
Alsico is a fourth generation privately owned business and one of Europe’s largest producers of work clothing delivering over 18 million garments annually to our customers. Owning our own production units with manufacturing plants in 11 countries the group is comprised of a workforce of over 8,000 staff. We strive to ensure that all our factories follow ETI or FLO-CERT guidance and meet the highest standards of Health & Safety enabling our customers to buy in complete confidence.
This combination of local service with global reach means we can provide locally available workwear solutions and service tailored to the distinct needs of our UK Customers, whilst offering global market knowledge and experience to support industry in all sectors and parts of the world.
Meltemi is an approved supplier to the NHS and has achieved LSAS (Labour Standards Assurance Scheme) Level 4. We are also a full member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers’ rights around the world.
Meltemi is an awarded supplier to the NHS Supply chain providing NHS trusts with workwear for their Estates & Facilities teams which covers porters and maintenance, catering and house-keeping, as well as Security and Front of House team members
As a part of the larger effort, Alsico Group partners with Better Cotton to improve cotton farming globally.
A member of the Better Cotton since 2021, Alsico Group aims to source all its fibres in a sustainable way by the end of this decade. As part of this effort we are committed to sourcing 100% of our cotton as ‘more sustainable cotton’ by 2030. ‘More sustainable cotton’ includes recycled cotton, organic cotton, cotton sourced from Fairtrade or through Better Cotton.
The sustainable sourcing of cotton is part of our goal to increase overall use of sustainably sourced fibres, such as certified recycled polyester and low impact man-made fibres. The ultimate goal is to increase overall recycled content in our products as a means to lower our ecological footprint and decouple growth from the use of resources.
Better Cotton is sourced via a chain of custody model called mass balance. This means that better cotton is not physically traceable to end products. However, Better Cotton farmers benefit from the demand for Better Cotton in equivalent volumes to those we ‘source’.
By choosing products from Alsico you are supporting responsible cotton production through Better Cotton.
As a member of the Ethical Trade Initiative, Alsico has agreed to adopt the ETI Base Code of Labour Practice, a global reference standard founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). We work closely with ETI, participating in projects and working groups to help develop, inspire and try new ideas which can help our suppliers and our business establish good practice in ethical trade.
A selection of the areas we are constantly reviewing are the free choice of employment, working conditions, child labour, living wages, working hours and gender equality. These are important topics which are of great important to us through our entire supply chain, from our fibre manufactures and mills, to our factories, warehouses and our own UK offices.
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Sedex is one of the world’s leading ethical trade service providers, working to improve working conditions in global supply chains. Sedex provides practical tools, services and a community network to help companies improve their responsible and sustainable business practices and source responsibly.
As Sedex member, we are committed to sourcing responsibly and having an ethical and sustainable supply chain. Using Sedex tools and services helps our business work with our suppliers to ensure they are upholding safe, ethical and sustainable business practices, helping us to protect the working conditions for people working in our supply chain.
As a Sedex member, we are able to map our supply chain, identify higher risk suppliers and request them to have a social ethical audit. We can then work with our suppliers to improve their business practices to create safe working conditions in regions that we source.
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FLOCERT - A global certifier for Fairtrade
The Alsico group have access to a wide array of services assets and standards to help us on our mission to assure fairness in our supply chain. With the aid of these standard we are participating in improving the living conditions for farmers and workwear across our global networks in a sustainable way. Promoting better pricing, decent working conditions of key to our ethical mission and our certification help our products not only protect you, but our workers too.