blutgeschwister GmbH is a German fashion company that joined 1 June 2013.
Brand Performance Check 2018
Blutsgeschwister has shown advanced results on performance indicators and has made exceptional progress. The company monitored 95% of its supply chain through FWF audits, meeting the threshold for brands that have been members for three years or longer. Its overall performance amounts to a benchmarking score of 81 points, resulting in leadership status.
Blutsgeschwister’s sourcing strategy, which is to work with a consolidated supply chain and long-term partners, allows the company to make progress in improving working conditions. In 2017 Blutsgeschwister made process on gaining insights into the price composition of their products and how labour costs link to their FOB price. An open costing project has been initiated with two suppliers as a starting point for moving towards a living wage.
While Blutsgeschwister has a strong production planning in place to support reasonable working hours, all five FWF audits conducted in 2017 included findings on excessive overtime. Blutsgeschwister has been working on remediating these findings together with the suppliers, but improvements have not yet been verified.
Blutsgeschwister continued to improve its subcontractor monitoring and has a good monitoring system in place for all suppliers. Despite efforts to remediate audit findings challenges remain with more complex systemic issues such as effective worker representation, living wages and social security coverage for Chinese workers.
75% of Blutsgeschwister’s production was produced at suppliers that participated in FWF’s Workplace Education Programme, which informs workers and management about labour rights and grievance mechanisms. In addition Blutsgeschwister focused on establishing functioning anti-harassment committees at their Indian production locations.
Benchmarking score: 81
% under monitoring: 95