Working conditions in third party factories that manufacture our products have long been a priority issue for us. Working in our factories means that you are protected by the Amfori/ BSCI Code of Conduct, which not only applies to for instance usage of chemicals and water, but also to fair working conditions, safety, fair living wages, reasonable working hours and equal opportunities. We keep a close dialogue with our suppliers and take action to make sure that regulations are followed, and improvements are made. Child labour or forced labour are under no circumstances allowed and has never been encountered in any of our factories.
The Amfori BSCI Code of Conduct refers to international conventions such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, OECD Guidelines, UN Global Compact and International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions and Recommendations relevant to improve working conditions in the supply chain.
Business partners shall comply, as a minimum, with wages mandated by governments’ minimum wage legislation, or industry standards approved on the basis of collective bargaining, whichever is higher.
All workers protected under the Amfori BSCI Code of Conduct have a voice through The Rights of Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining. The CoC clearly states that workers shall have the right to form unions in a free and democratic way, not be discriminated because of their engagement or prevented access to representatives in the workplace. If a country doesn’t allow unions workers should have the right to freely elect their own representatives with whom the company can enter into dialogue
about workplace issues.
As part of our overall program, we also do our own semi-annual factory follow-ups. Once a year a more comprehensive evaluation of all producers is done as well.