FNG International NV (FNG) has met most of FWF’s performance requirements during its first year of membership. In 2017 the company organised FWF audits for main production locations and their CMT subcontractors in Turkey and China. In addition FNG used and showed follow-up on external audits and fulfilled monitoring requirements for some production locations in Portugal. This resulted in a monitoring percentage of 69%. This result, combined with a benchmark score of 54, results in a ‘Good’ rating.
FNG International NV consists of a number of Dutch and Belgium brands. In 2017, the Belgium brands (Baker Bridge, Kiekeboe, Fred & Ginger, CKS, Superstar, Limon, Hilde&Co, Friday) joined as one FWF member company. As 2017 has been the first year of FWF membership for FNG, the company put a lot of effort into developing clear procedures and policies that will be fully implemented in 2018. During the performance check the company was able to show clear efforts and understanding of FWF’s way of working, specifically related to human right’s due diligence in general and for specific countries and supplier evaluation procedures. FNG cooperates on its human right’s due diligence with all its brands, both FWF and non-FWF members to increase understanding about human rights issues and increase leverage at production locations to follow-up on audit findings.
FWF recommends FNG to consolidate its supply base 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. Also, FWF recommends 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.