Uniform Brands B.V., a company for corporate wear, joined FWF in 2008.
Brand Performance Check 2018
Uniform Brands B.V. has met most of FWF’s performance requirements in 2017. With a monitoring percentage of 93%, Uniform Brands meets the required monitoring threshold for members after three years of membership. With a score of 56 points, Uniform Brands falls in the ‘Good’ category.
Uniform Brands’ main production facility is in Tunisia, with two satellite production locations in the region to support its production. A considerable amount also comes from factories in low-risk countries Hungary and Portugal. In 2017, it sourced small production volumes from four Chinese suppliers and two Bangladeshi suppliers. Uniform Brands has long-term relationships with most of these suppliers.
In 2017, Uniform Brands followed up the 2016 audit results of its Tunisian suppliers. Progress was made on several issues, although a lack of funds limits the progress that can be made by the suppliers. Therefore, FWF recommends Uniform Brands to consider in what ways it could support its suppliers, for example by placing more orders.
For several years, Uniform Brands remained at the same score level of the Brand Performance Check without making significant improvements compared to previous years. FWF has required Uniform Brands to follow up on several issues, what did not result in sufficient progress. FWF therefore urges Uniform Brands to follow up more actively on the requirements included in the Brand Performance Check reports.
FWF required Uniform Brands to ensure that a system of proper documentation is in place, especially when it comes to sending out and receiving FWF questionnaires and checking whether the FWF CoLP is posted. Uniform Brands needs to systematise this as the brand should make clear from the start of the relationship with the factory that labour standards are an integral part of that relationship.
Despite the fact that Uniform Brands has only very small production at two Bangladeshi suppliers and has had plans to stop sourcing from these suppliers, the brand continued to source from these suppliers for several years now. During those years, Uniform Brands did not comply with the FWF Enhanced Monitorning Programme for Bangladesh. Although it did receive a BSCI-audit report for one supplier in 2016 and the brand is aware that the other factory is a member of the Accord, still Uniform Brands took no steps to assess, mitigate and remediate any health and safety issues. FWF requires Uniform Brands to comply with the Enhanced Monitoring Programme. At a minimum, Uniform Brands needs to obtain audit reports that include detailed checks on health and safety.
Percentage under monitoring: 93%