Transparency in the value chain is difficult but controlled through the Code of Conduct. With the complex supply chain involved in producing a garment, the mapping must be broken down into manageable bits and pieces and be handled step by step.
Important governance tools are the Amfori BSCI Code of Conduct for working conditions in factories, and our Chemical Management Program (including our Restricted Substances List), which are all implemented in the supply chain. Compliance with these requirements is followed up continuously and is integrated into our overall Supply Chain Management Program.
Our transparency in different parts of the supply chain:
Tier 1 Our garment manufacturers.
Tier 2 All components/materials: Fabrics, elastics, thread, labels and packaging.
Tier 3 Weaving and Spinning: We increase our volumes from nominated fabric suppliers, but still have challenges in finding resources for control.
Our manufacturing partners are key for us to reach out to the second and third-tier level of our production chain, their sub-contractors, in cascading our requirements further.
All vendors share their tier 1 with us. We started requesting information on fabric suppliers and dye houses from some suppliers and have received answers. However, it is unclear to what percentage tier 2 and tier 3 are mapped. We have also started mapping our vendors for other parts of the organisation and now have full transparency in tier 1 suppliers for marketing, trade solutions, and packaging. The goal is to enroll these vendors in amfori with time and in 2019, they all signed our code of conduct and supplier guide.
Our products (own production*) have been produced by 16 vendors (of which 5 for bags) in a total of 21 factories (of which 5 for bags) during 2020. The majority of our factories are based in China.
* Own production refers to factories contracted by Björn Borg, excluding factories contracted by licensees (such as for footwear).