Claudia Sträter, a Dutch fashion company, joined FWF in 2015.
Brand Performance Check 2016
Claudia Sträter meets most of Fair Wear Foundation’s management system requirements. Two-third of Claudia Sträter’s FOB purchasing volume is sourced from suppliers where a business relationship existed for more than 5 years. In addition, Claudia Sträter is an important buyer (leverage above 10%) for suppliers that account for 46% of Claudia Sträter’s total purchasing volume.
Claudia Sträter’s main production countries are China (20% of FOB), Portugal (17%), Turkey and Bulgaria (both 16%), and India (9%). Claudia Sträter has a relatively large number of small suppliers India, China, Romania and Turkey, where it has low leverage and where a business relation shorter than 5 years exists. This makes it more difficult to work on improvement of working conditions.
Claudia Sträter’s sourcing model allows placing orders with (main) suppliers that are only responsible for a small part of the production process (such as sampling or cutting), with other production processes (sewing, printing, washing) being outsourced to a host of small subcontractors. This situation brings additional risks and responsibility to monitor and remediate working conditions at large numbers of small(er) suppliers.
When possible, Claudia Sträter is advised to consolidate its supplier base; thereby favouring suppliers that are effectively making improvements in working conditions. In this regard, Claudia Sträter is advised to develop a comprehensive sourcing strategy in which sustainability is integrated.
Claudia Sträter’s monitoring percentage during the reporting year stands at 47%, which is above the 40% required for members in its first year of membership. Combined with a benchmark score of 50, FWF has placed Claudia Sträter in the ‘Good’ category. FWF expects Claudia Sträter to raise its monitoring percentage to at least 60% during the next financial year to maintain the ‘Good’ category. Finally, Claudia Sträter is encouraged to motivate more suppliers to join WEP trainings.
Score: 50 Percentage under monitoring: 47% Category: Good