“Treat people the way you want to be treated yourself and expect the same from your partners. That’s the basic principle we live up to.”
The Fashion Group Solutions brands touch the lives of many people, including our employees, the workers in our supply chains and our customers. What we do and the way we do it has an impact on all these people. That is why we are committed to conduct our business with respect for human rights and we want to work with suppliers who do the same.
The United Nations defines Human Rights as rights that are inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion or any other status. FGS’ approach to human rights is informed by and based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the eight fundamental Conventions of the International Labour Organisation as covered in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Our policies and approach are informed by and built on these agreements.
The human rights topics that we focus on, and that are covered by the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct, are: Children and Young Workers Safeguarding, Decent Working Hours, Fair Remuneration, No Forced Labor, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity and the Right of Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining. The Code of Conduct links to the core of our human rights strategy; treat everyone as we would like to be treated ourselves and expect the same from our partners.
COMBATTING CHILD LABOR IN THE GARMENT SUPPLY CHAIN
Child labor is strictly prohibited in our supply chain. Unfortunately, labor by underaged workers is still a risk in the garment industry of some of the countries where we produce. It can be especially difficult to monitor the situation deeper in the supply chain. Therefore FGS participates in the project Combatting Child Labor in the Garment Supply Chain, to help combat child labor further down the chain, together with the Fair Labor Association, UNICEF and Hivos. The objective of the project is to get more visibility of the supply chain and improve conditions and procedures at the factory level to enhance children’s rights and to jointly prevent and mitigate child labor risks.
Selected suppliers in Bangladesh are participating in the project. The suppliers receive trainings on the importance of supply chain mapping and risk mapping, child labor prevention and child safeguarding in business and how to include this in their policies and operations. Some of the factories are assessed and a plan of action for improvement is created and implemented in collaboration with the project partners.