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“We are committed to ensure that our suppliers manufacture our products in a responsible and sustainable way”
We want to have a transparent supply chain so we can show our customers where their favorite items came from and the people who made them. We are committed to ensure that our products are manufactured by our suppliers in a responsible and sustainable way. Supply chain transparency and responsibility lies at the heart of our sustainability strategy. We believe that a transparent supply chain is the first step towards responsible supply chain management. Transparency will enable us to structurally improve the sustainability within our supply chain and ensure that all the steps taken to produce our products are done in a responsible and sustainable way.
Due diligence is an ongoing process through which enterprises can identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how they address their actual and potential adverse impact. We aim to work according the OECD Due Diligence guidelines for multinational enterprises, meaning that we work on assessing risks, addressing them based on the likelihood and severity of the harm, monitor and evaluate the implementation and results, and communicate about our due diligence process in a transparent way.
The design and sales of our clothing is done by us. Production of all our brands’ products takes place at specialized suppliers, some of whom we’ve worked with for a long time. Supply chain transparency means knowing our entire supply chain. The apparel supply chain is very complex: it consists of several processes that enable the creation of our clothing, from raw material to end product. The supply chain is even more complex within a group of independently operating fashion companies. This is why our focus on a transparent supply chain is so important. Our goal is a supply chain that is 100% transparent. To operate more sustainably and address impacts, it is important to know who our production partners are, how they work and who they work with, and how we can best support them to work in a safe, fair and clean way.
Our four brands work together with suppliers in 14 countries worldwide.
*The production locations of America Today are published at the Open Apparel Registry, where
all the production locations of the participants of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles are shown.
Code of conduct
Fashion Group Solutions is determined to conduct business in a responsible way: safe, fair and with high ethical standards. The amfori BSCI Code of Conduct is at the basis of our supplier relationships. The Code of Conduct is a statement that clearly describes how we want our suppliers to treat their employees. The Code of Conduct must be signed by all our business partners. Business partners are expected to share and implement the Code of Conduct with their respective business partners.
The Fashion Group Solutions brands have worked with many of their suppliers for a long time and have established strong relationships with them. We visit many of our suppliers regularly to assess the factory conditions and quality of the products. Our local purchasing offices in Asia carry out inspections in the factories, focusing on working conditions, safety and quality of products. We also monitor the conditions at our suppliers through independent audits, mainly via the amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). We are capable of invoking some positive changes in the factories where our clothes are produced alone, but we can do a lot more if we combine our forces and collaborate with others in the industry. Amfori BSCI is an independent party with the aim of improving worldwide working conditions in production chains. The independent auditor checks the entire factory, talks with the employees and inspects the administration. The purpose of the audit is to see where the factory can make improvements. Please visit amfori for more information. To help our suppliers continually improve, we give constructive feedback on their improvement plans and our suppliers can attend amfori BSCI trainings. In this way, we assist our suppliers in the process of improving the working conditions step by step.
We find it important that our suppliers and workers all over the world feel safe and comfortable in their working environment and that they are treated as we would like to be treated ourselves. This is why we work with grievance mechanisms. Suppliers and workers can submit a complaint or grievance about wrong or unfair treatment through the amfori External Grievance Mechanism and the complaints mechanism of the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile. Workers can also report unsafe situations via the complaints line of the Bangladesh Accord. Grievances and complaints are reviewed, addressed and remedied in a manner specific and suitable to the grievance.
At Fashion Group Solutions we find it important to remain informed of new developments, to learn from others, and to be transparent about our progress and strategy. One of the ways we accomplish this is through stakeholder engagement. We greatly value engaging with our stakeholders in defining our sustainability goals and our approach to achieve them. We believe that by working hard, learning, innovating and collaborating with experts, competitors and our business partners, we become a more responsible and sustainable business every day.