De Berkel, a company for professional clothing, joined FWF in 2007.
Brand Performance Check 2016
De Berkel has shown progress and met most of FWFs’ performance requirements . Its benchmark score is 64 and its monitoring percentage is 100% of the total production volume, which is a big improvement since last year.
De Berkel sources mainly from Moldova and Ukraine, where it owns a number of factories. De Berkel has also been in business in Moldova for more than 10 years. At each of its suppliers, De Berkel buys more than 10% of the production capacity and its production volume is above 2% of its total FOB. This means leverage in each of the factories is high, and De Berkel is able to ensure workers are paid at least legal minimum wage and that there is no excessive overtime.
In 2016, De Berkel made changes to its internal systems for monitoring and remediation, and has consequently improved upon indicators related to information management and evaluation of FWF membership. In addition, the company worked on improving communication with its suppliers, such as by collecting signed questionnaires from all its suppliers and external producers.
In 2017, De Berkel should focus on implementing a more systematic approach for human rights due diligence, as well as on initiating conversations with suppliers about living wages and on identifying and addressing high-risk issues that are specific to its sourcing practices. If possible, De Berkel should begin to involve its parent company in FWF activities.
Score: 64 Percentage under monitoring: 100% Category: Good