Schijvens has been affiliated with the Fair Wear Foundation since 2010 and is annually assessed on its efforts and performance with regard to the social working conditions in the clothing factories with which Schijvens works. Yesss, once again Schijvens has retained its status as leader brand within the Fair Wear Foundation!!
This year, Schijvens has risen from 86 points to 89 points and 100% of our production locations have been audited. In collaboration with our partners, we continuously work on improving the working conditions for employees in areas such as safety, working hours and wages. This score has been achieved in part through our commitment to implementing a living wage at our manufacturing sites, enhancing awareness among factory workers through labor rights training and through our valuable partnerships, which we will of course continue to support in this uncertain and difficult time related to Covid-19 crisis. We maintain close contact about the status at the factories and, where necessary, we try to offer support, so that we can hopefully continue our cooperation with all our suppliers in the future. We hope to be able to reunite in good health with our regular supplier group early next year for the annual supplier meeting, which everyone is always looking forward to.
Our main focus is on the implementation of a living wage. Meanwhile, all employees in our factory in Turkey as well as at our main supplier in Pakistan receive a living wage. In determining the living wage, all workers at these factories are involved in the process and determining the wage, which is of course very important and valuable. By means of an extra allowance, the living wage is also included in our cost price and it is made possible to increase salaries whereby employees earn enough to live on. We try step by step to roll out our living wage tool to all our suppliers and the project is currently underway in China and India. In addition to a living wage, we will of course also continue to work hard on other topics, such as overtime, intimidation & discrimination and of course guaranteeing wages in times of crisis. For more information about this and the full brand performance check from Fair, click here.