HempAge, a German fashion brand specialised in hemp clothing, joined FWF on 1 November 2009. HempAge’s goal is to help hemp regain the reputation it deserves. Hemp offers an alternative to polluting material. Manufacturing hemp is more expensive than cotton but its life cycle is better. We are working on a cost reduction model so everyone can afford hemp clothing in the future. To make our goods affordable we create timeless collections and forgo cost-intensive promotion and sales agents.
Brand Performance Check 2018
HempAge has shown advance results on performance indicators and has made exceptional progress. With 92% of its own production under monitoring by FWF audits HempAge exceeds the monitoring threshold required for members beyond their third year of membership. HempAge’s overall performance amounts to a benchmarking score of 89 points, resulting in the maintaining of ‘Leader’ status.
HempAge has stable, long-term relationships with both its main suppliers in China. Despite low leverage, HempAge has invested in building a long-term working relationship with these factories. Both suppliers have hence demonstrated willingness to cooperate and work on improvements suggested in the Corrective Action Plans (CAPs). While continuous efforts are still needed, the company continues strong discussions around reducing and preventing excessive overtime where possible. All main suppliers have participated in FWF’s Workplace Education Programme.
HempAge expanded production to Lithuania in 2017, where they thoroughly conducted human rights due diligence. Before production began, HempAge visited the production location and emphasised the importance it places on social compliance and FWF. Unfortunately, due to quality issues with the production and poor transparency from the factory about production difficulties, HempAge began phasing out their production for the end of 2017.
Working towards increasing transparency within factories to obtain the labour cost of garments and to further assess the impact of its prices on living wages remains challenging and FWF encourages HempAge to talk with other FWF members at shared suppliers about the possibilities to jointly work towards higher wage benchmarks for their workers.
Benchmarking score: 89
Percentage under monitoring: 92%