Mountain Force, a Switzerland-based specialist in high-performance skiwear, joined FWF on 15 August 2011.
Brand Performance Check 2016
Mountain Force meets most of FWFs management system requirements and goes beyond. In an extended financial year due to a management change (January 2015-April 2016), Mountain Force took a number of steps to improve its purchasing practices which resulted in a score of 76 and a monitoring percentage of 99%.
The past year was somewhat tumultuous for Mountain Force with the departure of its managing director and the restructuring of its organization. During this time, some decisions were made to better align its purchasing practices with its longtime supplier partner located in China. So, for example, the product development was moved from its headquarters in Switzerland to its supplier. This reduces the back-and-forth communication and also reduces the lead times needed to develop and produce a product.
In terms of audit results, Mountain Force benefits from the fact that its supplier in China (responsible for more than 99% of its FOB) invests a significant amount of time and resources into improving labour conditions. This improvement has been shown by consecutive FWF audits at its suppliers.
FWF recommends Mountain Force to encourage its supplier to enroll in a WEP training session. It also needs to ensure that its meets the FWF monitoring requirements for its other relevant suppliers.
Score: 76 Percentage under monitoring: 99% Category: Leader