workfashion.com is a Swiss workwear company that joined Fair Wear Foundation in February 2015.
workfashion performance check 2016
workfashion.com meets most of FWF’s management system requirements and goes beyond some of them. workfashion.com has a relatively small number of suppliers. It sources 80% of its 2015 FOB volume from three suppliers in Macedonia. In addition, it enjoys stable business relations exceeding five years with suppliers accounting for 79% of workfashion.com’s 2015 purchasing volume. This, in addition to its high leverage at suppliers gives the company a strong basis for effectively improving working conditions.
workfashion.com has monitored 82% of its 2015 purchasing volume and therefore meets FWF’s 40% monitoring threshold required of brands in its first year of membership. Combined with a benchmarking score of 59, FWF places workfashion.com in the Good category. In 2015 workfashion.com did not fully meet FWF’s requirements for Low Risk Countries, as it failed to visit all suppliers in Low-Risk countries.
workfashion.com systematically works towards resolution of corrective actions with all of its suppliers. After audits, remediation steps were taken and follow up is being closely monitored. In this regard, it is particularly helpful that the CEO is raising the importance of systematic CAP follow-up directly with owners/directors of its suppliers.
When workfashion.com is able to determine the labour costs per product, it should have a better understanding whether workfashion.com FOB prices support payment of living wages. This could then form the basis for discussion with management at suppliers where workfashion.com has high leverage, to move towards payment of living wages. workfashion.com can take further steps towards analysing the root causes of excessive overtime and how this relates to its own buying practices. Finally, workfashion.com is expected to enroll more of its suppliers in FWF Workplace Education Programme in 2016.
Score: 59 Percentage under monitoring: 82% Category: Good