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workfashion Performance Check 2019

workfashion has shown advanced results on FWF performance indicators. With a monitoring percentage of 97% and a benchmarking score of 75, the brand remains in the ‘Leader’ category.
In 2018, 92% of workfashion’s production volume came from factories where the company buys at least 10% of production capacity, and 66% of its total FOB came from the suppliers with which it has had a business relationship for at least five years. Both figures indicate a positive increase in consolidating and managing transparency in its supply chain base. workfashion works closely together with its partners (suppliers) in planning the production and has collected information about the total production capacity of its factories.

The company’s due diligence and monitoring processes are strongly embedded with the CEO and Sustainability Coordinator. In the past year, workfashion has been working on reducing the excessive overtime, payment of minimum wages and has shown improvements in following up on corrective actions, especially in North Macedonia and Turkey. One of the company’s biggest challenges is working with its suppliers towards paying living wages in North Macedonia. workfashion conducted cost of living research to understand the differences between workers’ financial needs in North Macedonia and Switzerland. In doing so, the company is trying to find a relevant benchmark for North Macedonia. Together with increasing factories’ efficiency and product quality, the company is looking for a strategy to move towards the payment of living wage.

FWF recommends that workfashion continues its work on living wages and scale-up raising the wage levels outside its pilot projects. Furthermore, FWF recommends that workfashion set up the target wage for its production facilities in consultation with workers representatives.

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