Manroof GmbH is a Swiss company specialised in promotional products (bags, clothing, towels, lanyards, etc). They joined FWF in 2008.
Brand Performance Check 2018
Manroof has met FWF’s performance requirements and has shown some progress on the performance indicators. A monitoring percentage of 90 combined with a benchmarking score of 67, places Manroof in the ‘Good’ category. A slight decrease in the benchmarking score compared to last year. Manroof has three main factories which two are based in China and one in Switzerland. Manroof maintains long term business relationships with these factories and this allows Manroof to work effectively on improving working conditions. Manroof’s product range increased last year and their number of factories as well. FWF strongly recommends Manroof to keep their tail as short as possible to keep track on the working conditions at its production locations.
FWF encourages Manroof to develop a more formal evaluation/grading system for their factories to evaluate and keep track of labour violations and risks. Such an evaluation system could support the sourcing decisions and it would help to prevent and mitigate risks.
Manroof has a robust monitoring system and has shown progress towards resolution of existing corrective action plans. Monitoring and remediation of corrective actions at the Chinese factories are supported by a local consultant. Manroof has improved the collaboration with one of its Chinese key factories and has shown small progress on wages and overtime hours at one of their Chinese factories.
Last year Manroof found out that one of its factories was not transparent about wage records and overtime hours. This made it difficult for Manroof to work on living wages and has therefore limited progress on this topic. FWF strongly recommends Manroof to further analyse the root causes of excessive overtime and obtain more insights in the labour cost of their products. This could support Manroof to assess the relationship between prices, wages and the gap towards living wages. FWF encourages Manroof to continue their training and capacity building at their Chinese factories. Trainings should be in line with FWF’s WEP training guidelines.
Score: 67, % under monitoring: 90, Category: Good