JBC n.v.

JBC is a Belgian fashion brand that joined FWF in April 2015.

JBC Performance Check 2018

JBC has met most of FWF’s performance requirements. With a benchmarking score of 59 and a monitoring percentage of 89%, it achieves the ‘Good’ category for brands in their third year of FWF membership.

Compared to the previous financial year, JBC had significant challenges in structuring the available information into an integrated overview. This was due to a change in staff and it has significantly impacted the company’s progress that could be accounted for. Therefore, FWF could not reward all points.

Nevertheless, JBC initiated significant improvements in comparison to the previous year. In the first place, it continued to improve its system that allows JBC to much more effectively be aware of the production locations at which it places orders.

The company has also improved its production planning by being aware of the production capacity of a certain production location and ensuring that its orders do not exceed this capacity. The system is now integrated in JBC’s digital management system. In addition, it also invested a lot of capacity into its audit follow-up and CAP remediation efforts, particularly related to its Chinese and Bangladeshi suppliers.

FWF encourages JBC to continue its efforts in improving its purchasing practices by creating a complete overview of all existing information concerning audits, trainings and supplier visits, an ex-ante due diligence system, a production planning that facilitates reduction of excessive overtime and moving onto its pricing policy and increased transparency related to workers’ wages. The company is furthermore advised to start implementing steps towards a living wage for its suppliers.

Score: 59
Percentage under monitoring: 89%
Category: Good

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