LaDress is a Dutch fashion brand with one thing in mind – helping you discover the perfect dress for every occasion. A dress that creates the ultimate look for just about any occasion: in the office, dancing the night away or when enjoying the weekend. Since its founding LaDress has been committed to working together with skillful European ateliers.
Brand Performance Check 2019
LaDress has shown insufficient progress in performance indicators. The total benchmarking score of 41 is below the required 50 points. LaDress requested an audit in late 2018, which could not take place due to limited capacity at FWF at that time. The audit is now planned for 2019. As this was out of LaDress’ control, the 2015 audit counts towards the monitoring threshold for this year. With 86%, LaDress meets the monitoring threshold required by members after three years of membership.
In 2018, LaDress faced difficulties meeting FWF requirements. Due to an internal reorganisation, LaDress’ resources to work on the FWF CoLP were limited.
LaDress sourced 83% of its production from its main supplier in Romania, with which it has substantial leverage and a long term business relationship. LaDress has a relatively small supplier base with a limited tail-end. In 2018, LaDress implemented a systematic way of evaluating the compliance of production locations with the CoLP. LaDress’ planning system has a high level of flexibility and constant orders, helping maintain a steady production flow.
LaDress must start documenting discussions held during supplier visits. Closer monitoring such as requesting existing audit reports and checking CAP follow up via monitoring visits is required. Furthermore, FWF requires LaDress to actively raise awareness about the FWF Code of Labour Practices and FWF Complaint Hotline by organising training with suppliers. LaDress must also work towards implementing a living wage at its suppliers. The first step in this process is getting insight into the link between buying prices and wages through open costing.
Percentage under monitoring: 86%
Category: Needs Improvement