FAIR WEAR FOUNDATION MEMBERSHIP
ODLO is a member, with leader status, of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), which endeavours to improve labour conditions in the textile industry worldwide. FWF verifies that producers abide to their code of conduct and make appropriate improvements. As a multi-stakeholder initiative, FWF’s independence is guaranteed because it is governed by trade unions, NGOs and business associations. Transparency and accountability are key principles of the organisation.
FWF members work towards improving the labour conditions in factories that produce sewn textiles all over the world. The basis of the collaboration between FWF and its members is its code of labour practices. Eight labour standards form the core of this code of conduct. FWF members are contractually obliged to comply with these standards.
FWF verifies whether companies comply with the code of labour practices through factory audits and complaint procedures, through audits of its members’ management systems and through extensive stakeholder consultations in producer countries. FWF shares its knowledge and (local) contacts with its member companies, providing them with access to information on local legislation, labour legislation and culture.
Members are required to set up an effective monitoring system, including factory audits, factory trainings and factory visits. FWF has a complaint procedure that enables factory workers to anonymously report any abuses related to labour conditions. To raise workers‘ awareness of labour rights, FWF also offers Workplace Education Programme.
THE ODLO SUPPLIER CODE OF CONDUCT
As early as the 1990s, ODLO signed a code of conduct with its manufacturers. In 2009 it was revised to get in line with the requirements of the Fair Wear Foundation and was re-signed by each of the manufacturers. This most restrictive code on the market is based on the conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
WORLD OF MANUFACTURING
TRANSPARENCY - MANUFACTURER LIST
ODLO is proud to disclose its contracted manufacturer. The list contains the location of the main contractors and, in case applicable, main production sites of subsidiaries.
An important component of the implementation of the Supplier Code of Conduct is monitoring. ODLO follows FWF’s verification system, a multi-level approach consisting of three levels; management audits of brand (Brand Performance Check), factory audits & complaints procedures. Those verifications are all held by FWF acting as a third-party organisation.
DUE DILIGENCE PROCESS
To ensure a responsible worldwide sourcing strategy, ODLO has an advanced due diligence process in place which highlights risks and opportunities in each existing and potential new production country and is therefore guiding ODLO’s purchasing practices. FWF’s high and low risk country rules are intergrated in this process.
OWN PRODUCTION INITIATIVES
Both of ODLO’s productions in Portugal and Romania organise a lot of social activities.
ODLO WAREHOUSE GERMANY
Collaboration with Heilpädagogische Zentrum (HPZ) Krefeld The Heilpädagogische Zentrum (HPZ) in Krefeld Germany is a nonprofit company, that offers occupational and social integration for people with disabilities and mental disorders. In 2016 ODLO Logistics started working with the HPZ in Krefeld by transferring several packing orders during peak seasons. After these positive experiences, the next step in the cooperation was taken. In October 2017, a team of 10-12 workers plus two caregivers were integrated into the ODLO Logistics warehouse by establishing a new work space for the team members. The tasks vary from package folding, repacking to labelling and so on. The caregivers are coordinating and supervising the team, making sure the workers are trained well and the work matches best with the skills of each individual team member. Since June 2018 a fixed team of eleven workers, supervised by one main supervisor of HPZ, joined the warehouse team in Brüggen.