Jack Wolfskin Performance Check 2014
Jack Wolfskin meets most of FWFs management system requirements and goes beyond several. It has 100% of its supply chain monitored, hence meets the monitoring threshold of 90% for this year. Jack Wolfskin has engaged in advanced public reporting. It publishes its Brand Performance Check Report. Its direct supplier list is published online, with grades per labour issue, based on its own audit findings.
From 4 out of 5 suppliers, Jack Wolfskin buys more than 10% of the factory volume and with 2 out of 3 it has a business relationship which has existed for at least five years. This should enable Jack Wolfskin to build partnerships with its suppliers to seek further improvement. Jack Wolfskin works closely with an external auditing company, audits its suppliers frequently. It is engaged in advanced reporting activities, giving a high degree of transparency. Jack Wolfskin publishes its supplier list online, providing per supplier insight into its main own audit findings. With one supplier it made intensive efforts over a longer period to remediate own audit findings on payments below LMW (incl. unfair or illegal wage deductions), with varying success.
Jack Wolfskin started this year to promote participation in WEP trainings with its suppliers. Six main suppliers were trained by FWF. FWF recommends Jack Wolfskin to motivate its suppliers in Bangladesh to join the Violence Again Women (VAW) training, and set-up VAW committees at factory level. FWF also recommends Jack Wolfskin to seek training opportunities in Indonesia. FWF expects Jack Wolfskin to take a more pro-active role in discussing living wages with its suppliers. It could proceed with its efforts at one or more main suppliers where it has a high leverage, to start discussing how to move up the wage ladder towards living wages, possibly in a joint effort with other (FWF member) buyers. Jack Wolfskin is also advised to look more closely into the root causes of overtime with its suppliers and seek joint approaches to tackle these causes.