De Berkel, a company for professional clothing, joined FWF in 2007.
Brand Performance Check 2018
In 2017, De Berkel met the required monitoring threshold with a monitoring percentage of 92%. However, De Berkel did not meet monitoring requirements for tail-end production locations, as it did not audit all locations where it buys more than 2% FOB and has more than 10% leverage. Furthermore, De Berkel has shown insufficient progress in the performance indicators. With a benchmarking score of 45, it has not met the minimum membership requirements and has been placed in the Needs Improvement category.
Last year, De Berkel made improvements in communication, ensuring it adhered to the FWF communications policy. However, due to changes in staff and insufficient internal data systems, De Berkel was unable to show documentation for many of the performance check indicators, including progress towards resolution of existing Corrective Action Plans and a systematic evaluation of its entire supplier base.
De Berkel owns three of the factories that it sources from and one other factory is owned by its parent company in Germany. Leverage at all except one of its suppliers is above 10% and due to good production planning systems, De Berkel is in a good position to control the amount of overtime at its suppliers and ensure workers are paid at least legal minimum wage. Despite this, audits at two of De Berkel’s suppliers in 2016 revealed overtime had occurred. De Berkel is also in a good position to initiate discussions with suppliers about living wages and should make this a focus in 2018.
De Berkel’s organisational structure means that its parent company is responsible for much of the direct communication with suppliers. Nevertheless, De Berkel must still be aware of its responsibility to conduct human rights due diligence when selecting new suppliers, monitor the conditions in its factories and work to resolve problems when they are found.
In 2018, De Berkel should focus on implementing a more systematic approach to integrate social compliance into normal business processes and support good decision-making. If it is not possible to do this without the cooperation of its parent company, De Berkel needs to involve them in FWF activities.
Percentage under monitoring: 92%
Category: Needs Improvement