hessnatur Performance Check 2014
hessnatur meets most of FWF’s management system requirements.
90% of the company’s production volume is under monitoring, which meets FWF’s threshold for affiliates who are a member for more than 3 years. This
includes the 43% of the company’s production volume from suppliers in low-risk countries.
A few important changes are under way at hessnatur; a new order tracking system was introduced, new clothing lines are being designed and a new supplier
data software system has been implemented. The impact of these developments on supplier relations and working conditions is not yet measurable; FWF
recommends that hessnatur analyses the impact of these new systems on factory level conditions. For instance, the new order tracking system can facilitate
the production facilities’ planning and therefore potentially reduce overtime; whether the system results in improvements should be assessed by hessnatur in
the coming year.
During past financial year, hessnatur has gained more insight into production costs related to wages by estimating a cost breakdown, compared to country level minimum wages and living wage benchmarks. A recommended next step would be to define the exact cost of labour per style (including the share that
goes to workers) and trace this back to hessnatur’s pricing policy.
hessnatur should take note of the phrasing and language used on the website, social report and catalogues when communicating about FWF. Particularly
any reference to certification or approval seal should be avoided.
Hessnatur is encouraged to further motivate its main production sites to join WEP trainings.
To read more about hessnatur, go to its FWF page.
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