Filippa K, a Swedish fashion brand, became a member of FWF in March 2008.
Brand Performance Check 2017
In 2016, Filippa K has shown progress and met most of FWFs’ performance requirements to support the implementation of the Code of Labour Practices. Almost 60% of Filippa K’s purchasing volume comes from suppliers located in low-risk countries where they have fulfilled monitoring requirements. Including the monitoring done at their other suppliers, Filippa K has 96% of its production under monitoring, which meets the monitoring requirements for members in their 3rd+ year of membership. With a benchmarking score of 74, an increase over last year, Filippa K remains in the ‘Good’ category.
Filippa K has taken steps to systemize and standardize how their buyers work with suppliers to implement the Code of Labour Practices, including creating a supplier evaluation, having all buyers attend a FWF training and improving the start up package that buyers use to select suppliers. FWF recommends continuing to enhance this process by documenting a standard approach to audit and CAP follow up, including setting timelines.
Filippa K has a strong production planning system in place, working through conversation with suppliers to set deadlines and realistic quantities in orders. The buyers regularly work together to determine how and where to place production of new garments based on the production capacity of the factory, to try and ensure they are not putting excess pressure on their suppliers and try to mitigate the causes of excessive overtime. Even so, excessive overtime was found during four audits in 2016, and Filippa K is encouraged to continue working with these suppliers to analyse the root causes and eliminate these, to reduce excessive overtime.
At 25% of its suppliers Filippa K buys less than 2% of the total production volume of the factory, and FWF recommends continuing to consolidate its supplier base where possible. Shortening the tail will reduce the social compliance risks that Filippa K is exposed to and will allow Filippa K to improve working conditions in a more efficient and effective way.
Filippa K continues to work towards complete transparency in its supply chain by publishing supplier information next to each product on its website. Filippa K discloses the production location, number of workers, and whether or not they have visited the location, in order to give consumers a better idea of where their garments were made.
Score: 74 Percentage under monitoring: 96% Category: Good