Dutch textile covenant
Schijvens leader in Covenant
Schijvens Corporate Fashion has been a participant in the Dutch textile covenant since its inception in 2016. The clothing brands must annually clarify their improvement steps, carry out a risk analysis and draw up an action plan. This Action Plan is checked annually by the Social and Economic Council (SER) and a score is awarded.
This year, we succeeded in scoring 95 out of 100 points. This demonstrates that we are making positive steps in areas such as living wages, more sustainable raw materials and improvements in the paint factories. We have also set new targets for the coming year, which can be found in our Sustainability Report.
Sustainability Report 2021
Sustainability is woven into Schijvens’ DNA.
It is essential to us that our clothing is made under good working conditions and in the most environmentally friendly way possible. In addition to the IMVO Covenant Sustainable Clothing and Textiles, we are also affiliated with organisations that help us monitor our production locations, such as Fair Wear Foundation. Read more about this in our Sustainability Report.
Covenant on sustainable clothing and textiles
Schijvens Corporate Fashion has joined the sustainability plan for the clothing and textile sector which was co-signed by Minister Ploumen on 4 April 2016. Together with more than seventy other businesses in the clothing and textile sector, we signed the covenant in which it was agreed to work together on further increasing the sustainability of the sector.
In 2019, Schijvens signed a Transparency Pledge with 7 other companies participating in the Covenant Sustainable Clothing and Textiles. In it we promise to be transparent about our production by publishing a list showing where we produce our clothing, what type of clothing we produce there and how many people work there.
The Transparency Pledge is an initiative of the Clean Clothes Campaign (SKC) and labour and human rights organisations such as Human Right Watch, among others. Making production locations public is an important step towards better production conditions. It enables (local) parties to directly address malpractices in factories to garment companies, so that they can take action.
The Social and Economic Council (SER) advises the government and parliament on social and economic policy. Entrepreneurs, employees and independent crown members work together in the SER. The SER also facilitates agreements and covenants. In addition, the SER performs administrative tasks to promote employee participation, for example.