Fair Wear, Jack Wolfskin and Takko pilot project on reporting requirements

Fair Wear, in collaboration with member brands Jack Wolfskin and Takko Holding GmbH, has launched a strategic pilot project on reporting, in response to the German Supply Chain Act (LkSG – Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz). The LkSG, effective since 1st January 2023, initially applies to companies with more than 3000 employees in Germany. As of January 2024, the scope will be widened to include companies with a 1000 or more employees.

At Fair Wear, we understand the importance of avoiding ‘overreporting’ or ‘reporting-fatigue’ for companies in general and in particular for our member brands, as they have to report in the Fair Wear Brand Perfomance Check (BPC) as well, alongside any legal reporting obligations at national or EU level. The goal of this pilot is to compare reporting requirements for the Brand Performance Check and the LkSG and align the BPC where possible as well as to offer practical guidance in preparing for brand performance checks with a view to reporting obligations under the LkSG.

This project includes Fair Wear member brands directly impacted by the LkSG and those affected through the ‘trickle-down effect’. This means that companies not directly within scope of the law will be expected by their customers to comply with certain requirements of the law, for instance in their contracts, and so will perform (parts of the) human rights due diligence as well.

We believe that by supporting our member brands through this pilot project, we can contribute to the broader goal of ethical and sustainable supply chains. Together, we can navigate the complexities of the LkSG and work towards a fair and responsible future for the fashion and garment industry. Through this pilot project we aim to assist and provide valuable information to our members affected by the LkSG. During this pilot year, there will be no annual Fair Wear Brand Performance Check and the brands will therefore not receive a score or performance benchmarking category for 2023.

The report of this pilot is expected to be published in early 2024.