LK International AG

LK International is a fashion and sports company based in Switzerland, which markets products under the KJUS brand. LK International joined FWF in April 2012.

Brand Performance Check 2019

Kjus has shown shown progress and met most of FWFs’ performance requirements. Kjus has a stable supplier base and enjoys a long-term busines relation with most. Kjus monitors 93% of its purchasing volume, which, in combination with a benchmarking score of 75, means that Kjus just maintains its Leader status. FWF strongly encourages Kjus to improve its benchmarking score in order to maintain its Leader status in the future.
As Kjus’ supplier factories tend to be relatively big, Kjus does not have high leverage at its suppliers. FWF recommends Kjus to consolidate its supplier base where possible, and increase leverage at main supplier(s) to effectively request improvements of working conditions.
Kjus needs to ensure it has sufficient capacity to follow up dilligently towards resolution of corrective actions with all of its suppliers. It also needs to monitor all factories which account for more than 2% of its total purchasing volume. FWF furthermore recommends Kjus to only close issues when verification can be provided by showing proof (pictures, documentation) or by on-site visits of Kjus, by including worker representation, or an independent third party.
Kjus is implementing a living wage project as a shared supplier in Vietnam. After a promising start during which the brands calculated a target wage, progress slowed down a bit in 2018. Kjus is advised to work with the other FWF brands and take the next steps to ensure that all workers at the pilot factory receive the target wage.

Score: 75

Percentage under monitoring: 93%

Category: Leader

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