Our suppliers are high-end factories with skilled and experienced workers making relatively small quantities of high-quality garments. All of our suppliers are chosen because of their unique skillset and craftmanship and therefore often located in areas with rich textile and clothing heritage. The majority of our suppliers are based in China with a small but growing number of suppliers based in Europe.
Social Responsibility and Fair Wear
Decency and respect for our fellow human beings, whether suppliers, customers, or employees has been always at the core of our business. We have long-standing relationships with our suppliers and we know them very well, however, we also recognize that there is always room for improvement, especially when it comes to global supply chains and the ever-evolving political and economic fluctuations.
We are proud to say that in 2021 we teamed up with the Fair Wear Foundation to deepen our knowledge of our suppliers and to continue learning and improving our supply chain.
All of our suppliers have agreed to comply and work towards the 8 elements of Fair Wear’s code of labour practices. These include no exploitation of child labour, no discrimination of employment as well as payment of a decent wage without extensive overtime.
We normally visit our suppliers on a regular basis, however in the last two years because of the global pandemic and restricted traveling this has not been possible. To ensure our understanding of conditions at our suppliers we have increased the communication with our factories, and we are checking in with them regularly.
We have also introduced third-party audits that follow the Fair Wear code of labour practices and ethics standards. The audits monitor progress made rather than making a pass or fail judgement on a factory. They include a physical inspection of the factory, document inspection and offsite worker interviews. Once an audit is finished the Fair Wear Foundation provides directions on how to make improvements and we work with the factories to implement them. This year we prioritised Health & Safety.
By conducting audits during 2021 we have monitored 75% of our non-European factories (62% of our all factories) and we plan to increase the number next year.
In 2021 we audited one of our oldest and largest suppliers and found some points to be improved. The factory management was incredibly forthcoming, and the first positive changes were made regarding health & safety.
Here are photos of an evacuation drill being conducted in the factory.
We believe that honesty and transparency is the best approach when tackling complex topics like ethics and sustainability.
Our suppliers have agreed to be disclosed in the Fair Wear Foundation system which allows other member brands to work with us on improving conditions in the factories and helps NGOs in their research activities.
To be transparent to our customers each year we will be publishing the Fair Wear Social Report and the yearly Fair Wear Brand Performance Check.
Our first Fair Wear Social Report for 2021 can be read here.