We try to meet the high demands of ecological and social responsibility. Our system partner bluesign® as well as our leader status membership in the Fair Wear Foundation play important parts in achieving those demands.
We are system partners of bluesign®, as well as many of our fabric and material producers, and raw materials and chemicals suppliers.
Together, we try to keep the effects of the product's production on humans and nature as low as possible. This means, above all, that only certain chemicals may be used in the production of our fabrics (especially in dyeing). Also, bluesign® checks that the utilized chemicals are entirely filtered out so that these cannot be released into the environment in an uncontrolled manner.
The FAIR WEAR FOUNDATION (FWF) is a Dutch non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization. It is made up of NGOs, business associations, trade unions, and companies like us. Together we have set ourselves the goal of improving working conditions in the textile industry. One of how we achieve this is by keeping a close eye on our sewing factories and by carrying out audits to check exactly how the working conditions are on site.
With our leader status membership, we commit ourselves and our suppliers to adhere to a strict Code of Labor Practices (Verhaltenskodex).
During the audits, a group of FWF experts, consisting of 2-3 auditors, visits our factories and examines the working conditions very closely for two days. The auditors inspect, for example, whether there is a sufficient number of fire extinguishers on-site and whether there are enough emergency exits.
Brand Performance Check
What makes the FWF so special is that it not only checks our suppliers but also us once a year. Because we also play our part in the working conditions at our sewing factories: How much do we pay for our products? Do we give the suppliers enough time to finish the products without excessive overtime?
Another important component of the FWF is the so-called "Worker Helpline". This is a complaint hotline set up by the FWF in the producing countries. Every worker has the opportunity to directly forward serious problems to the FWF by telephone. The FWF takes up the complaint and then forwards it to our CR experts. They then contact the factory and try to ensure that the complaint is resolved within the factory. A poster with the complaint hotline is displayed in each of our sewing factories, which we check regularly.