FNG International NV Performance Check 2019

FNG International NV has met most of FWF’s performance requirements during their second year of membership. In 2018, the company showed that it followed up on FWF audits for main production locations and their CMT subcontractors in Turkey and China. In addition, the company used and showed that it followed up on external audits and fulfilled monitoring requirements for most production in low-risk countries. This resulted in a monitoring percentage of 77%. This result, combined with a benchmark score of 53, means FWF has awarded FNG a ‘Good’ rating.

FNG International NV consists of a number of brands. In 2017, Belgian brands Baker Bridge, fred & ginger and Ginger (under fred + ginger concept), CKS, Limon and Superstar have joined as one FWF member company.

In 2018, the company focused on consolidating its supply chain. FNG is aiming to reduce its total number of production locations and when in need of a new production location, search within the production locations already producing for one of the brands in the group (both FWF and non-FWF members). As part of this consolidation strategy, FNG developed its vendor policy. CSR is a prominent aspect of the vendor policy, which means that CSR needs to approve all newly selected production locations before production takes place.

FWF recommends that FNG consolidates its supply base even more by limiting the number of suppliers in its ‘tail end’. To achieve this, members should determine whether (suppliers where they buy less than 2% of their FOB) are of strategic relevance. Shortening the tail will reduce the social compliance risks the member is exposed to and will allow the member to improve working conditions in a more efficient and effective way. In addition, FWF recommends FNG to organise training in production locations to increase awareness of the Code of Labour Practices and labour rights in general.
Furthermore, FWF requires FNG to actively address the topic of prices and how they relate to wages in order to be able to address root causes of wages below living wage.

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