At KJUS, we aim to live up to our values. We feel obliged to fair play in everything we do.
We aim to achieve high social and environmental standards and provide good working conditions for the people who make our products. To do so, we only collaborate with people who share our beliefs. We keep pushing ourselves to adopt sustainable practises in every level of our business. Thanks to close relationships and long-term partnerships with only a handful of carefully selected factories, suppliers and manufacturers, we know our supply chain.
The Fair Wear Foundation
We joined the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) in 2012, a highly regarded, independent, non-profit organization dedicated to improving working conditions in the textile industry. Additionally, we budget for regular visits to all of our fabric suppliers around the world.
KJUS meets the FWF threshold for first year membership and goes beyond. KJUS has put good effort into their membership. Starting with informing the suppliers and staff about FWF requirements and also setting up an internal system to monitor social standards well.
Fair Wear Foundation (August 2013, KJUS Brand Performance Check Summary)
5 actions KJUS takes with FWF
- Factory audits and inspections
- Implementation of a Code of Labour Practices
- Interview factory workers and their management
- Assessments of KJUS internal processes and workflows
- Carry out exhaustive audits
Investing in the future: KJUS and the children
We are committed to giving underprivileged children access to sport and the charities we support highlight this commitment. KJUS is also a member of the Helfetia foundation that introduces children and teens to skiing and winter sports.
About the BRAND PERFORMANCE CHECK
Fair Wear Foundation believes that improving conditions for apparelfactory workers requires change at multiple levels. Traditional efforts to improve conditions focusprimarily on the factory. FWF, however, believes that the management decisions of the clothing brands have an enormousinfluence for good or ill on factory conditions.
FWF’s Brand Performance Check is a tool to evaluate and report on theactivities of FWF’s affiliate members. The Checks examine how affiliate management systems support FWF’s Codeof Labour Practices. In most apparel supply chains, clothing brands do not own factories, andmost factories work for many different brands. This means that in most cases FWF affiliates haveinfluence, but not direct control, over working conditions. As a result, the Brand Performance Checks focusprimarily on verifying the efforts of affiliates. Outcomes at the factory level are assessed via audits andcomplaint reports, however the complexity of the supply chains means that even the best efforts of FWFaffiliates cannot guarantee results.
Even if outcomes at the factory level cannot be guaranteed, the importanceof good management practices by affiliates cannot be understated. Even one concerned customer at afactory can have significant positive impacts on a range of issues like health and safety conditions orfreedom of association. And if one customer at a factory can demonstrate that improvements are possible, othercustomers no longer have an excuse not to act. The development and sharing of these types of best practices haslong been a core part of FWF’s work.
Improvement of supply chains is a step-by-step process, through whichaffiliates must address many different issues. FWF affiliates vary greatly in management structures,and have different strengths. The Performance Benchmarking system is designed to reflect thesedifferences, and the many different ways that a company can support better working conditions.
During the Brand Performance Check, FWF staff speak to various employeesat the affiliate who have important roles to play in the management of supply chains. FWF verifiesthe actions of affiliates based on several sources including documentation of activities, financialrecords, the affiliate’s supplier register and staff interviews. Following the Brand Performance Check, FWF summarizesfindings in this report, which is made public via www.fairwear.org. The Brand Performance Check Guide provides more information about the indicators and is available for download.