Ethical trade – working conditions
Ethical trade is better known as CSR: corporate social responsibilities. It concerns itself with working and environmental conditions.
WHITEWEAR sources its products in the far east, among other countries, which is why we aim to and commit ourselves to make an extra effort to improve working and environmental conditions.
This is how we take responsibility for the working conditions
At WHITEWEAR, working with ethical and social responsibilities is high on the agenda. We feel a responsibility for the working conditions at our supplier's factories. As a result, we strongly feel that we can contribute to ensuring their staff is allowed to work under accountable conditions, and feel we need to help promote positive changes in any way we can.
We have compiled a Code of Conduct
We have written a Code of Conduct and share it with our business partners, suppliers, customers, and WHITEWEAR employees. Our Code of Conduct clarifies our expectations and demands towards our business partners and our employees.
Membership of amfori BSCI
WHITEWEAR is a member of amfori BSCI and uses its membership to influence and develop good ethical and social conditions in close cooperation with our suppliers. As part of amfori BSCI, we have access to a tremendous amount of educational material. This helps us achieve and maintain a good dialogue with our suppliers, thus strengthening their cooperation in creating a more socially responsible supply chain.
Strong business relations with our partners
At WHITEWEAR, a solid business relationship is at our cooperation's core. We know that long and good partnerships are as meaningful as proper tools and control. When it comes to choosing suppliers and business partners, we are in it for the long haul, which requires flexibility and agility to evolve along with the demands of time – together.
Procedures help secure responsibility
To further develop ethically solid trade at WHITEWEAR and its partners, we have set several goals and drawn up procedures. Every six months, we check to see whether we made our goals and sub-goals. We also evaluate our work with ethical trade in general and review whether our efforts need to be modified.
We have drawn up clear procedures to help guide us in our daily business. As a result, we have decided that "all business partners are offered a quality amfori BSCI onboarding trajectory and regular training". And also, that "WHITEWEAR commits itself to actively participate in establishing a positive development at our suppliers and business partners via our amfori BSCI work, thus achieving and maintaining grade-A or B audit results".
How we commit to the amfori BSCI
Should we experience a lack of commitment or progress in one of our business partners, when it comes to this shared responsibility, we obligate ourselves to find the cause of these difficulties and seek guidance from amfori's Danish contact person. We do not terminate cooperation with any supplier based on a lack of commitment or progress for amfori purposes unless we have no other choice. After all, a terminated contract will not improve the conditions for the workers employed at that supplier – often quite the contrary – and we find ourselves morally obliged to protect the interests of those people.
We hope this has given you insights into the work we put into becoming – and remaining – a sustainable supplier of quality textiles atcompetitive prices.
Should you have questions about this document, related documents, or our sustainable supply chain in general, please don't hesitate to reach out.
WHITEWEAR 10 years in business
Today is a festive day: we celebrate our 10th anniversary! Our fantastic journey has brought many exciting challenges. Above all, we have confirmed what we already suspected 10 years ago: we have a solid concept with considerable potential, making a difference in this industry.
WHITEWEAR is a success, not in the least because of solid co-operations, with skilled and dedicated employees, business partners, suppliers, and customers. People who have been, and continue to be, crucial to WHITEWEAR, to whom we wish to say: Thank you all so much! A good co-operation is the result of mutual respect and honesty – something we can say without a doubt we have experienced.
WHITEWEAR ’s exciting journey continues, with an ever-stronger focus on sustainability. We strongly feel that we have a shared responsibility to take care of each other and our planet. Our industry is connected with environmental challenges – it is up to us to figure out how to develop and source our products differently. Our mission is to increase the share of sustainable textiles in the Scandinavian healthcare industry.
We look forward to continuing and developing our co-operation with you all 😊
We do Business with Private Hospitals
Did you know that WHITEWEAR also delivers to private hospitals and clinics? Are you looking for practical, new workwear for your staff? Or would you like to make your patients as comfortable under the circumstances as possible, with quality hospital linen and comfortable patient apparel? WHITEWEAR are experts within all textiles for the healthcare industry – also for your private hospital or clinic. An overview for you:
Make your patients comfortable with excellent patient apparel
We have said it before and gladly do so again: patient apparel is essential for the people who check in to your private hospital. Nurses and doctors can easily recognise their patients and know for whom to care. Besides that, wearing patient wear helps your patients accept care.
WHITEWEAR's product range offers trousers, shirts, underwear, dignity gowns, and more. We are pretty confident that we have just the products you need – or else we make sure we can get it for you. Read more about patient apparel and why it matters so much to your patients in our blog: Patient Apparel for Hospitals
Professional and functional workwear for private hospitals
When it comes to workwear, few things are more important than functionality and practicality. Your co-workers wear their uniforms for hours at a time and almost year-round. Putting on a uniform should be a pleasant experience for your staff – not a displeasing one. Together, we figure out what you value most in your staff apparel. After a decision on workwear is made, we take care of the rest.
WHITEWEAR's workwear is designed to make your staff's daily routines as easy and comfortable as possible. We have carefully selected the best materials for the job, creating durable and comfortable uniforms of precisely the right quality. After all, you wouldn't want your staff to worry about their uniforms being see-through, now would you?
We never cease to look for ways to improve our products; workwear is no exception to that. Let us help you find proper uniforms for your staff – our blog offers you an excellent place to start: 5 tips for finding the best uniforms for nurses and doctors
Linens, cleaning cloths, and sheets for private hospitals
As you undoubtedly know, private hospitals and clinics use many different kinds of textiles. These towels, cleaning cloths, linens, bed sheets, duvet covers, and more have something in common. They need to be durable enough to withstand the stringent cleaning process of hospital laundry rooms. These textiles need to be washed often and at high temperatures. Therefore, not just any fabric quality will do.
We help you pick suitable textiles for your private hospital
Our customers cannot be summed up in just a single category; we help many different companies find the textiles they need. We aim to help you to the very best of our abilities – professionally and efficiently. While doing so, we value good cooperation and a good atmosphere.
WHITEWEAR offers you a solution where we take care of all the practicalities. You order your healthcare textiles, and we make sure they land on your shelves in the agreed-upon quality, size, and designs – on time.
Read more about our products and contact us to hear more.
WHITEWEAR is Now A Member of amfori BSCI
We cooperate with many suppliers across the world. We deeply care about doing our part when it comes to improving working conditions. That is why, on March 1st 2021, WHITEWEAR became a member of amfori BSCI.
What is amfori BSCI
Amfori believes in a world where trade facilitates social, environmental and economic benefits for everybody. To achieve that, amfori BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) uses a code of conduct to which all members adhere. This code is built upon 11 principles and values that ensure ethically and socially responsible business conduct. The code also sets several demands for factories that produce our wares regarding their employees' working conditions. Conditions that are audited regularly by an independent third party.
Amfori BSCI's 11 Principles
Amfori's Core Values
Amfori has three core values that guide the organisation and its members: continuous improvement, cooperation, and empowerment.
Read more about our certificates and how we care for the environment and working conditions.
What Does the amfori BSCI Membership Mean to WHITEWEAR?
Many of our business partners are BSCI audited already. With the amfori BSCI membership, we can now actively participate in further improving working conditions, together with our business partners and in our own supply chain. The eleven principles represent areas where WHITEWEAR is obliged to continue working for an even better and more sustainable supply chain.
The amfori BSCI membership also incorporates the amfori Academy – an innovative digital platform for developing sustainable supply chain management skills. It offers training to both our business partners and us – knowledge we can use when we visit our partners across the world, allowing us to evolve together.
WHITEWEAR cares about the environment and decent working conditions for all parties involved, making the amfori BSCI membership a natural step in our continued development.
Red more about our values and contact us to hear more about the possibilities.
You have consulted with your staff—they are likely to have many different opinions on how your workwear needs to look. Let us help you make the right decisions.
We have many customers who work in healthcare and residential care. Naturally, they have not all designed their uniforms the same way, but we have identified a few common features. We have compiled these into a handy overview. Here, we list the things you need to take into consideration, to make sure you order the right kind of garments for your hospital staff, your nursing home colleagues, or your residential care workers.
Important for workwear used in healthcare.
When you work in a nursing home or residential care, you need a uniform that works. Workwear needs to be practical and comfortable, regardless of what your staff are doing, whether it is bathing a resident, hoovering an apartment, or when driving home after a long shift.
Choose staff apparel that is:
1. Practical in use
2. Comfortable to wear
3. Suitable for the season
1. Practical Staff Apparel
Go for trousers, shirts, and tops that allow you to move freely. Choose durable stretch-materials, and pick flexible designs, such as those with elastic waistbands or an elastic back panel.
Pockets are indispensable for a proper uniform, many pockets even! And they need to be placed right, in easy-to-reach and convenient places. Do keep in mind that heavy pockets may cause the fit to change, resulting in uncomfortable wear, pulling at the neckline.
2. Comfortable Staff Apparel
Healthcare workers have varied workdays, filled with diverse tasks. Naturally, this also calls for a certain degree of flexibility in your workwear.
Fortunately, we can combine comfort and practicality. Choose uniforms made of stretch-fabrics and remember the elastic back panel and waistband we mentioned earlier. They give you more freedom of movement and add flexibility when it comes to size.
Moreover, look for uniforms made from breathable fabrics. Natural materials are often more pleasant to wear, such as those used in our popular COOLMAX T-shirts.
But workwear needs not only to be practical and comfortable; appearance does matter! You want your colleagues or staff to wear their uniform with pride; having good-looking workwear is a big helper. Uniforms do also need to be recognisable. After all, your workwear reflects your professionalism.
3. Seasonal Staff Apparel
The weather in Europe can be unpredictable, especially if you reside near the coast. We advise you to keep this in mind when choosing your staff apparel.
Provide your staff with layered clothing so they can quickly adapt to circumstances. Combine long johns and shirts made from breathable fabrics, for those cold winter days. Provide practical outerwear with reflex strips for improved road safety, and raincoats in which your staff can move freely, for those rainy and windy autumn days.
Read more about staff apparel for the healthcare and residential care sector. Contact us if you have any questions, need advice on choosing staff apparel suitable for your business, or you need a quote for a specific product.
What Are Hospital Textiles?
We mention hospital textiles and healthcare textiles several times on our website. Maybe you have heard the term already, but do you know what the term covers precisely?
Hospital textiles or linen – also known as healthcare textiles – is a general concept that covers several products.
Hospital Textiles from WHITEWEAR
When we refer to hospital textiles or linen, we refer to the following articles:
These three product types have one thing in common: they can all be industrially washed, dried, and ironed, after which they can easily be stacked.
Healthcare textiles are durable and made for use in hospitals, nursing homes, care facilities, clinics, hospices, etc. It is no secret that the laundering process of hospital laundry rooms is a harsh one. Hospital textiles need to be able to withstand this stringent process while maintaining a level of comfort for the patient.
Hospital Textiles or Linen?
We mention both textiles and linen, even though linens are part of hospital textiles.
Originally, linen was defined as articles, such as sheets or clothes made of linen, spun from flax. Nowadays, linen is commonly made from cotton, but the definition otherwise remains the same.
Whether you need wholesale linens, hospital textiles, or other textiles: we would be pleased to provide you with a quote to produce these. Contact us – we will get back to you at the earliest convenience.