Expresso Fashion B.V., a Dutch women’s fashion brand, joined FWF at the beginning of 2004. Expresso Fashion B.V. is sold in Expresso stores across The Netherlands. Most of the clothes are produced in Tunisia, China and Bulgaria. Expresso Fashion B.V. also has production in India, Lithuania, Poland and Turkey.
Brand Performance Check 2017
Expresso Fashion has shown progress and met most of FWF’s performance requirements. Its monitoring threshold of 81% is a big improvement compared to the last two years. To achieve this monitoring percentage, Expresso increased the number of FWF audits conducted at its production locations and continued to use external audit reports to address labour conditions. An important next step is to ensure that audits also occur at all production locations where more than 2% of production takes place, or where Expresso has over 10% leverage. The monitoring percentage, combined with a benchmark score of 66, means that FWF has awarded Expresso Fashion the ‘Good’ rating.
As of 2017, Expresso shifted its financial year, which means that this brand performance check covers the months April through December 2016. During these nine months, Expresso was able to consolidate its supply base, focusing on production locations where it had produced for over five years and production locations where it had high or increased leverage. As a next step, Expresso plans to reduce the number of production locations where it buys less than 2% of FOB.
The previous brand performance check included requirements regarding Expresso’s due diligence process, mitigating excessive overtime at suppliers, CAP follow-up and monitoring in low-risk countries. Expresso showed progress on all these issues in 2016, specifically for its cut-make-trim (CMT) suppliers, as Expresso now has more control over the production process. The company can improve on these issues for its ready-made garment (RMG) suppliers, where it has less control. FWF recommends Expresso to consider these issues a priority in its monitoring and remediation efforts.
Score: 66 Percentage under monitoring: 81% Category: Good