JACK WOLFSKIN PERFORMANCE CHECK 2017 (FOR THE EVALUATION PERIOD 10/2016 TO 09/2017)
Jack Wolfskin has shown advanced results on performance indicators and has made exceptional progress. It has 100% of its supply chain monitored, hence meeting the required monitoring threshold of 90% for this financial year. Jack Wolfskin has built up close partnerships with its main suppliers, which allows them to cooperate and work effectively on the remediation of monitoring findings. Jack Wolfskin works closely with an external auditing company, which audits its suppliers frequently. Because of these achievements, FWF has placed Jack Wolfskin in its ‘Leader’ category.
Jack Wolfskin has engaged in advanced public reporting. Its direct supplier list is published online, allowing a high degree of transparency. In addition, the Brand Performance Check has been published on its website. Due to time constraints, Jack Wolfskin has not handed in its social report for 2017, which is one of FWF’s basic requirements. Jack Wolfskin has started to promote participation in FWF’s Workplace Education Programme (WEP), and several suppliers have joined this programme during this evaluation period. Together with two other outdoor clothing brands, Jack Wolfskin has developed a training programme for its suppliers in Myanmar. Given the complex complaints the member brand received over the course of the last evaluation period, Jack Wolfskin has shown great effort in complaints handling by involving both the factory management and worker as well as stakeholders at various levels.
Jack Wolfskin joined FWF’s living wage incubator in 2016 and has been working with other FWF member brands on finding solutions for paying living wages. Considering the variety of products the member brand sells, this is a difficult task, but Jack Wolfskin could look into possibilities to consolidate its supplier base and concentrate its production more, in order to have a bigger impact on improving working conditions. FWF also advises Jack Wolfskin to look more closely into the root causes of overtime with its suppliers and to seek joint approaches to tackle these causes.