Sustainability and our manufacturing process
Growing and maintaining sustainable fashion starts with a sustainable manufacturing process. Not only are we precise when it comes to designing our garments, but we are also just as precise in selecting the factories we work with. We only operate with factories and suppliers where stringent environmental policies and good working conditions are ensured. We don’t work with factories in countries where we can’t maintain control. Scotch & Soda takes pride in its long-term relationships with suppliers and factories, some of which have existed for over 20 years. Our trusted business partners, these factories are fundamental to the unique Scotch & Soda design and production process.
Leading the charge on sustainable trade
In 2013 we became a member of amfori, the leading global business association for open and sustainable trade. Amfori is a business-driven initiative for companies committed to improving working conditions in the global supply chain. The code aligns with international frameworks concerning human rights and labour standards, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights and OECD guidelines, as well as International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions and Recommendations which are relevant to improving working conditions in the supply chain.
A sustainable code of conduct
The program unites more than 2,000 companies worldwide around a common code of conduct and supports them with a step-by-step development focused system. Scotch & Soda fully endorses and lives by each of the values and principles set out in the code. All of Scotch & Soda’s production factories have signed the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct. These factories are regularly audited by independent and certified (SAAS) audit firms, in accordance with the amfori BSCI requirements and for compliance with this code. If it becomes evident that a factory does not fully comply with the amfori BSCI requirements, Scotch & Soda insists upon the agreement and implementation of a remediation plan. In so doing, we monitor the factories on a yearly basis, improving – if necessary – working conditions in factories producing for Scotch & Soda.
A primer on the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct
The code comprises the following core labour rights…
The Rights of Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
- Our factories respect the right of the workers to form unions or other kind of work associations and to engage in collective bargaining.
- Our factories respect the right of the workers to receive fair wages.
Occupational Health & Safety
- Our factories assess workplace risks and take all necessary measures to eliminate or reduce them to ensure a healthy and safe working environment.
No Child Labour
- Our factories do not hire any worker below the legal minimum age.
Special Protection for Young Workers
- Our factories provide special protection to any workers that are not yet adults.
No Bonded Labour
- Our factories do not engage in any form of forced servitude, trafficked or non-voluntary labour.
Ethical Business Behaviour
- Our factories do not tolerate any acts of corruption, extortion, embezzlement, or bribery.
- Our factories provide equal opportunities and do not discriminate against workers.
Decent Working Hours
- Our factories observe the laws regarding hours of work.
No Precarious Employment
- Our factories hire workers on the basis of documented legal contracts.
Protection of the Environment
- Our factories take the necessary measures to avoid environmental degradation.
Protecting the rights of our workers
In upholding these rights, the factories producing for Scotch & Soda are obliged to protect workers’ rights as mandated by the law and the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct. These factories are similarly obliged to keep workers informed about their rights and responsibilities and provide for a grievance system to collect complaints and suggestions from their employees, as well as using the amfori principles to influence other business partners, such as sub-contractors.
Training: an important marker on the road to sustainability
A key element of the development focused amfori approach is offering a broad range of training programs for factories and their workers (amfori Academy). Examples of recent programs include ‘Worker Involvement and Protection (Grievance Mechanism)’, ‘Responsible Recruitment’, ‘Occupational Health and Safety’ and ‘Drafting a Remediation Plan’. Scotch & Soda regularly invites its employees to attend such training programs. Scotch & Soda equally requires the factories to offer its workers to attend these pieces of training.