DW-Shop Performance Check 2014
DW-Shop (DWS) is in the process of implementing FWF’s management system requirements. It has monitored 53% of its purchasing volume, which is below the requirement of 60% at the second brand performance check. However, DWS has still been awarded a ‘Good’ rating, in light of the fact that a large percentage of their production (comes from homeworker suppliers, for which FWF is still developing a monitoring and remediation policy. During the coming year, FWF expects DWS to participate in testing an approach to monitoring and remediation for homeworkers. Historically, DWS has had long-term relationships with many suppliers, or has purchased a large percentage of a supplier’s production, leading to significant influence with the factory. However, DWS is changing its supplier base to meet changing market demands. A new shared production planning system in 2014 is expected to decrease production planning and delivery problems, and related overtime. DWS accepts late shipments, split deliveries and pays air freight if needed for re-orders, which can help to reduce the risk of excessive overtime. Next steps should focus on improved due diligence for new suppliers and root cause analysis on overtime and on wages below living wage. Special attention should be given to piloting advanced work with those factories from which DWS buys a large percentage of the production volume. Local and purchasing staff check posting of the FWF Code of Labour Practices, however audits suggest not enough workers are aware of their rights. DWS is recommended to promote Workplace Education Programme trainings with their suppliers.
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