Bierbaum-Proenen GmbH & Co. KG

Bierbaum-Proenen GmbH & Co. KG, a German workwear firm, joined FWF on 1 July 2010.

Brand Performance Check 2015

Bierbaum-Proenen (BP) meets most of FWF’s management system requirements and goes beyond several. With 90% of production under monitoring, BP fulfills FWF’s monitoring threshold for affiliates after three years of membership.

BP has strong, integrated sourcing systems, good knowledge of production processes, and calculates costs per production minute. Long-term relationships with many suppliers, combined with often high degrees of leverage at the production sites and regular visits to production sites mean BP is in a good position to work on implementation of social standards. FWF advises BP to evaluate the actual contribution of its strong production planning system to limiting excessive overtime. Before giving (extra) orders, FWF recommends BP to check production capacity at the supplier more thoroughly.

BP has strong systems in place to reduce the risk of excessive overtime, however living wage issues remains a challenge. FWF encourages BP to start a pilot with some of its core suppliers to make steps towards a payment of a living wage in those factories.

Furthermore, BP is recommended to motivate its main supplier(s) to join Workplace Education training, especially in countries where it will be newly offered by FWF. BP must ensure and check that the Code of Labour Practices, including contact information of the local complaints handler of FWF, is also posted at subcontractors of factories and make sure this is part of its monitoring system.

Score: 85 Percentage under monitoring: 95% Category: Leader

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Bierbaum-Proenen GmbH & Co. KG
Im carré domstrasse
Domstrasse 55-73
D-50668 Köln
Phone: +49 (0)221 1656-0
Fax: +49 (0)221 1656-170


"Observing our social responsibility gives meaning to our activities and is the prerequisite for sustained success. That is why we consider fair manufacturing conditions to be important. We are convinced that membership of the Fair Wear Foundation is the best way to guarantee such conditions."