Brand Performance Check 2018
Acne Studios (hereafter: Acne) has shown advanced results on performance indicators and has made exceptional progress. With 98% of production under monitoring, Acne surpasses FWF’s monitoring threshold for members after three years of membership. The benchmarking score of 80 places Acne in the Leader category of FWF brand performance check. Although there seems to be a small decrease in the score compared to the last performance check, this was due to the change in how FWF assesses several indicators and the increasing expectation of FWF towards members.
Acne has further improved its production planning, which could help suppliers to reduce overtime. The company has also demonstrated efforts to monitor working conditions and remediate when issues arrive. Acne has a system to communicate and follow up with suppliers on the Corrective Action Plans.
Acne made steps towards more transparency and tried to identify all production locations. In high-risk issues and areas such as abrasive blasting and Turkey, Acne could show efforts to mitigate the risks. In addition, Acne continues to enrol factories in the Workplace Education Programme, so that workers receive awareness training on labour standards.
Working towards living wages remains challenging to Acne. FWF encourages Acne to start by assessing the hypothetical cost effects of increasing wages towards benchmarks included in the wage ladder. Acne could also select a stable supplier as a project partner to monitor and improve wages gradually.
Benchmarking score: 80
% under monitoring: 98