A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
​​​​​​​IS EVeRYONES BUSINESS

International success comes with obligations, and we embrace them all with an extensive programme for sustainability and corporate responsibility. From the working conditions of our employees and the requirements of our suppliers – to our commitment to human rights and environmental issues on a global scale. Our work with sustainability is based on the 10 principals of the UN’s Global Compact which forms the basis for our Code of Conduct.

UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT

Fristads Kansas Group is part of the UN Global Compact, which is the largest Corporate sustainability initiative in the world with more than 9,000 business and non-business participants in more than 130 countries. The 10 Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption are derived from: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention.

As a participant of the United Nations Global Compact’s, we are committed to its guiding 10 principles for Corporate Responsibility on Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption. We take respect for human rights, and compliance with international and local labour laws, very seriously. To ensure that we uphold high standards, within our Code of Conduct, labour standards are based on those of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in relation to forced labour, child labour, freedom of association, compensation, working hours, occupational health and safety, and a legally binding employment relationship.

We also recognize that all activities associated with the production, consumption and end-of-life disposal of products has an impact on our environment. We believe that it is our responsibility to work actively and systematically to contribute to a process of continuous environmental improvements within our sphere of influence.

Read more about these principles at www.unglobalcompact.org.

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The United Nations Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.


FROM SUPPLIER TO FACTORY - WORLDWIDE VISIBILITY

We encourage all stakeholders to contribute to our vision of significantly reducing the impact on the environment and supporting the communities in which our brands operates.

Our supply chain extends across seventeen countries and the group owns 3 factories in northern Europe. Our suppliers are important to our business and we expect them to meet our specific standards in relation to human rights, environmental and ethical business practices. All supplier sourcing is reviewed, approved and managed through our dedicated supply chain teams.

By signing our Code of Conduct, our suppliers have committed, as a mandatory requirement before orders can be placed, to disclose every factory manufacturing Fristads Kansas Group’s brands products and to enrol them in our Compliance Program.

As a member of the FTA, audits are conducted under the BSCI system enabling us to support and train them implementing sustainable remediation.

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SUSTAINABILITY & CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY AND ASIA QUALITY

Our responsible sourcing framework is grounded in industry standards, ongoing learnings and a philosophy of continuous improvement.

In Asia, 100% of all finished products are inspected by our Group Quality controllers and they are trained to identify compliance deviations and report it in real time to the Group SCR team relocated in our Hong Kong IPO. For Fristads' sustainability equates quality.

For the Bangladesh region the minimum requirement to be eligible in our Group compliance program is for all factories to have been audited either by Accord or Alliance. Our Group Regional Compliance team supports factories in achieving correct action plan in due to time.

Fristads Kansas Group is as a member of Accord since 2015.

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FAIR WEAR FOUNDATION

The Fair Wear Foundation is a non-profit, independent multi-stakeholder initiative that supports and promotes good labour conditions in garment production. Together we make sure our suppliers refrain from the use of forced labour, child labour and worker discrimination.
All workers must have fair wages and working hours, a safe working environment and legally binding conditions of employment.

The results from the Fair Wear Foundation’s audits are published on their web site each year.

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NEXT STEP TOWARDS FULL CHEMICAL CONTROL

As part of our social and environmental compliance program, all our suppliers and each and every factory producing our goods must sign our Restricted Substance List (RSL).

We update our RSL twice a year based on the chemical guidance of our partner Swerea and update our suppliers and factories. Our RSL reflects the latest EU harmonized legislation which includes REACH, POPs regulation, Biocide Regulation and Product Safety Regulation. We also ensure compliance with the SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) Candidate List.
Moreover, most of our Group’s brand products are OEKO-TEX® certified.

As a market leader, we can’t be satisfied with simply the collection of signed certificates of compliance by our suppliers and OEKO-TEX® certificates. Though an OEKO-TEX® certificate is a very positive sign it is however far from guaranteeing testing of all fabrics from a supplier’s assortment and all chemicals, as it is based on a sample selection and not as systematic as required in our chemical compliance program.

Within our industry, the dyeing and finishing processes are considered to be chemical intensive and waste producing; there are concerns on whether the use of chemicals and the treatment of resultant waste will detrimentally affect the environment and human health. We need to create transparency, so we spare no efforts to understand in depth the kind of chemicals our finished products are containing and at which levels. These levels need to be compared to the EU regulation, but also to the levels expected by the market. We believe that we hold a responsibility to create awareness among our suppliers, and help to educate them to get transparency among their own supply chain.

Therefore, on the 1st of January 2016, we have launched a Chemical Compliance program with our partner SGS to help us build customized testing packages that fit our industry and products.

Testing of core range raw materials and finished goods is conducted four times a year and test results reviewed, recorded and made available upon request to our customers.

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