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Our goal is to have a fully transparent supply chain where our items are made with respect for people and the environment. We are committed to gain more insight into the supply chain of all our brands, every day again. 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. We are not there yet, but we are working on these topics every day.
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. 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. Step by step we are diving deeper into our supply chain. Our goal is a supply chain that is 100% transparent. To operate 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 fair and healthy and safe way.
Code of conduct
Fashion Group Solutions aims 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.
In a world without Covid-19 the brand’s buying and CSR teams visit many of their suppliers regularly to assess the factory conditions and quality of the products. Due to current circumstances, the teams are not able to visit all their supplier regularly, so they keep in touch mostly through online means.
We highly value supplier visits, therefore we could not be happier to have our own local sourcing offices in production countries. Our direct colleagues in the production countries visit our suppliers and are our eyes and ears.
Our local sourcing offices carry out inspections in the factories, focusing on working conditions, safety, and quality of products. Hence, America Today and Coolcat monitor the conditions at their suppliers through independent audits, mainly via the amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). 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. The following points are reviewed during an audit:
America Today and Coolcat try to help their suppliers make improvements by offering them constructive feedback regarding their improvement plans. In doing so, the brands can help their suppliers improve their working conditions step by step. Their suppliers can also follow BSCI trainings and work together on projects for specific topics. We can invoke 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.
MS Mode will start in 2022 with monitoring through BSCI and will catch up with the other brands as quickly as possible. Please visit Amfori for more information.