Chat with us, powered by LiveChat
0333 7000 133

Ethical Manufacturing Guide

Responsibility Report 23/24

Modern Slavery Policy

Socially Responsible.
Ethically Made.

When you work with us, you can rest assured that your branded bags are produced in the most ethically and eco-friendly way possible.

Ethical Manufacturing Guide

Responsibility Report 23/24

Modern Slavery Policy


People-First Approach

At Rocket Bags, we strongly believe that people are the most important part of any organisation and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. That’s why we’ve always made a strong commitment to ethical trading and work hard to protect the human rights of everyone involved in our manufacturing process.

To uphold our commitment, we partner closely with all of our suppliers to ensure they pay a good wage, provide safe working conditions and adhere to local labour laws. All of our suppliers must pass a strict set of audits, including our own internal auditing procedures.

And, as more brands and consumers take stock to protect the planet, we continually seek to offer a range of eco-friendly bag options, while reducing our own impact on the planet through more sustainable manufacturing processes.

“Social responsibility is at the forefront of everything we do. When it comes to human rights and the planet's wellbeing, there's no such thing as taking a shortcut.”

Daniel Lyons, Managing Director,
Rocket Bags
Daniel Lyons


Though many brands rely on promotional merchandise to bolster their marketing efforts, supply chains are often complex and high-risk. It requires a significant amount of work and commitment to ensure that merchandise is produced in the most humane and ethical environments.

At Rocket Bags, we strongly believe that everyone should be entitled to a good wage, safe working conditions and be treated with respect and integrity. That’s why we work hard to ensure that all of our suppliers adhere to our strict ethical code of practice. With more than 30 years of partnering with suppliers worldwide, we keenly understand the risks involved and work to mitigate them on behalf of our clients.

We work closely with all of our trusted suppliers to ensure they are in alignment with our ethical and environmental standards and that our expectations are clear from the outset. When you partner with Rocket Bags, you can be assured that your product is only sourced from suppliers who demonstrate their commitment to corporate social responsibility.

All of our suppliers are required to pass strict auditing processes, such as Sedex SMETA, BSCI, WRAP, as well as our own internal auditing procedures. This helps ensure that our supply chain and products are safe, fit for purpose and manufactured in ethically maintained and environmentally responsible conditions.

Our Ethical Policies

At Rocket Bags, we promise to:

Conduct supplier audits to the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) base code standards where possible, such as Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) and the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI).

Evaluate modern slavery risks and the risks of harmful substances in products through the assessment of our ‘Supplier Questionnaire’, ‘Social Responsibility Declaration’, ‘Slavery Declaration’, and ‘REACH Declaration’.

Terminate relationships with suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with an action plan or violate our supplier code of conduct.

Adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards Modern Slavery of any kind within our operations and supply chain and report any evidence of forced labour to relevant authorities. Click here to download the policy document.

Encourage all employees to report any concerns relating to unlawful conduct, malpractice, dangers to the public or the environment, and any other matter of a serious nature.

Ensure suppliers adhere to the highest standards of ethics and require them to declare they provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect and act ethically and within the law of their country in their use of labour.

Demonstrate a commitment to working with suppliers to achieve improvements in ethical and environmental standards and rectify any non-compliance.

Require our ethical, environmental and product safety procedures to undergo constant review and internal assessment by qualified auditors.

Prioritising Environmental Responsibility

At Rocket Bags, we recognise that the manufacturing process can have harmful effects on the environment.

That’s why we take measured steps to reduce our impact on the planet by incorporating sustainable practices in our supply chain and empowering clients to make greener choices in their promotional merchandise.

Today, many of your most popular merchandise options can be created in a more earth-friendly way.

That’s why we offer the option to create your stock or bespoke bag from a wide range of natural, biodegradable, recycled and sustainable materials, including jute, cotton, canvas and paper.

Our bag materials can be traced to the origin, giving you peace-of-mind that your product is produced in the most earth-friendly way.

We've partnered with Earthly to become a carbon positive company by removing 110% of our business footprint.

Our Accreditations

Earthly Climate Positive

We are a certified Earthly Climate Positive Business, which recognises that we go beyond achieving net zero carbon emissions and create an environmental benefit by removing 110% of our business footprint. We partner with Earthly to invest in a collection of high quality, science-backed projects around the world focused on removing carbon, restoring nature, and helping local communities. View our Earthly profile.

Carbon Positive Freighting

We’ve removed the equivalent of 110% of the total CO2 emissions we generate in freighting goods. To do this, we partnered with Earthly to calculate our transport emissions for the last year.


Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) is one of the world’s leading ethical trade service providers, working to improve working conditions in global supply chains. We hold both a Buyer (A) and Supplier (B) membership to ensure responsible sourcing throughout our supply chain and make it easier for our customers to find the information they need to make informed decisions.

ISO9001 Certified

ISO9001 is a series of quality assurance guidelines based on a number of factors, including customer focus, leadership, engagement of people, process approach, improvement, evidence-based decision making and relationship management. We’ve worked hard to ensure that we meet the highest work practice standards and are fully ISO9001 Certified.

Get in touch

We’re very open about our ethical supply chains, so if you’d like to view our policy documents or need a copy of an audit, just let us know, and we can provide this for you.

Our branded bag experts are also always available to answer any questions you may have about our eco-friendly bags and environmental credentials. Simply get in touch and we’ll get you sorted!

    7A Regis Road, NW5 3EW
    0333 7000 133

    “Our clients keep coming back because they know that they can rely on us.”

    Lana Ziskind, who’s been at Rocket for 17 years