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.