Joshua Lumley Contemporary is an ethical trading company that takes social responsibility very seriously. We are proud to be a Label STEP licensee.
A fair trade organisation created in 1995, Label STEP is committed to promoting fair conditions in the making and trading of hand-woven rugs and improving the living conditions of those involved in rug production.
The fair trade label STEP is awarded to handmade rug retailers who commit to social responsibility for rug workers:
- for good working conditions and fair purchasing prices ensuring fair wages;
- against abusive child labour;
- for independent production inspections;
- for environmentally friendly production methods.
These fair trade principles not only apply to individual handmade rugs of a STEP licensee but to their entire range of handmade rugs. Handmade rug retailers are obliged to provide STEP with a full account of all their purchases and supply chains, to allow inspections to take place and, whenever necessary, to initiate measures for improvement.