De Berkel B.V. began its Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) membership in 2007. Since 1989, De Berkel B.V. has been wholly owned by the Teamdress Group of companies. As of January 2019, De Berkel B.V. became a joint FWF member with Teamdress Holding GmbH.
After the Brand Performance Check in 2017, De Berkel was placed in the Needs Improvement category. At this point in time, De Berkel and FWF concluded that De Berkel on its own was not able to meet the full requirements of FWF membership, and that it would need the commitment and resources of Teamdress in order to continue with its membership. In late 2018, this resulted in Teamdress and De Berkel combining forces in a new joint membership as of January 2019.
After the Brand Performance Check in 2018 – which still pertained only to De Berkel – as expected it was again was placed in the Needs Improvement category. Normally, this would have resulted in Suspension. However, as a new joint member with Teamdress, De Berkel was able to avoid suspension of its membership. FWF will assess the joint membership of De Berkel and Teamdress from 2019 onwards.
Brand Performance Check 2019
De Berkel has shown insufficient progress in FWF’s performance indicators. The monitoring percentage is 60% of its total production volume, which falls short of the 80% minimum requirement. Additionally, the total benchmarking score of 40 is below the required 50 points.
In 2018, De Berkel faced difficulties meeting FWF requirements and was placed in the Needs Improvement category. With the sick leave of the General Director of the company, the capacity was very limited to work on the FWF CoLP. An additional complicating factor is that sourcing and monitoring processes are being conducted by De Berkels mother company Teamdress, and De Berkel did not have much direct contact with suppliers. De Berkel and FWF concluded that De Berkel on its own was not able to meet the full requirements of FWF membership, and that it will need the commitment and resources of Teamdress in order to continue with its membership. In late 2018, this resulted in Teamdress Holding GmbH and De Berkel B.V. combining forces in a new joint membership as of January 2019.
De Berkel needs to develop a thorough due diligence process. This process should include which steps need to be taken before a new production location can be added. By thoroughly checking and monitoring from the start, the risk of unauthorised subcontracting can be minimised. CoLP compliance of suppliers should be evaluated in a consistent way. Therefore, CSR parameters can be included in the general assessment of the suppliers. De Berkel is expected to play an active role in the remediation of CAP issues identified in audits.
Teamdress is dedicated to working on living wages and could show a considerable increase in wage for the workers at its own production location in Poland. De Berkel has absorbed the increased costs both by itself but also by increasing prices for customers. FWF expects that with the new membership of Teamdress, both companies are enabled to take more steps regarding living wages in their high-risk countries