Uniform Brands Performance Check 2015

Uniform Brands Performance Check 2015

Uniform Brands Europe has shown insufficient progress in implementing FWFs management system requirements in its past financial year (July 2013 to December 2014). It has a monitoring percentage of 85%, which is below the required monitoring threshold for members who have been a member for more than three years. The score of 48 is also below the required score of 50 to attain the ‘Good’ designation. The majority of Uniform Brands Europe’s production takes place in Tunisia, withsignificant production also taking place in low-risk countries Hungary and Portugal. In 2014, a number of audits were carried out in Tunisia, which raised the monitoring percentage, but this was not enough to meet the required monitoring threshold. In terms of monitoring and remediation of working conditions, Uniform Brands Europe has undertaken some efforts to follow up the audit report, albeit not in a timely manner. Other audits were not able to be followed up on due to the stoppage of production there. Uniform Brands Europe also has production in China and Bangladesh, but did not undertake efforts to monitor and/or remediate the working conditions there, apart from an unclear due diligence process initiated by its agent. FWF encourages Uniform Brands Europe to ensure that the monitoring threshold is met in 2015, to take adequate steps to remediate working conditions and to ensure that the suppliers located in China and Bangladesh are also monitored effectively

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