SUSTAINABILITY

 

SUSTAINABILITY – IT COVERS ALL WE DO

A sustainable business means careful use of resources and a long-term, strategic approach to our business, employees, investors and business partners. Although sustainability does not limit itself to environmental challenges and opportunities, these are important areas of our Together Tomorrow programme. Find out more about:

Reducing our environmental impact

Our animal welfare policy

Recycling

CEMBA waste project

Below we also share our sustainability strategy.

Production in Bangladesh
Production in Bangladesh

 

SUSTAINABILITY – IT COVERS ALL WE DO

A sustainable business means careful use of resources and a long-term, strategic approach to our business, employees, investors and business partners. Although sustainability does not limit itself to environmental challenges and opportunities, these are important areas of our Together Tomorrow programme. Find out more about:

Reducing our environmental impact

Our animal welfare policy

Recycling

CEMBA waste project

Below we also share our sustainability strategy.

SOCIAL AUDITING PROGRAMME

Our auditing and compliance activity is at the heart of our sustainability strategy and vital to achieving our targets and goals.

It’s mandatory for all factories to be audited under an accepted social audit scheme. All production locations are audited according to the BSCI Code of Conduct, or another equivalent system that’s approved by Hunkemöller. Separate audits are also performed by internationally accredited independent auditors. The purpose of recognising standards equivalent to the accepted BSCI is to reduce the cost of certification (from a supplier’s perspective), decrease audit fatigue and acknowledge standards with shared principles. A social audit scheme can only be accepted if it fully covers Hunkemöller’s requirements and if the follow-up and implementation plan of continuous and sustainable improvements is both serious and credible. Equivalent standards must be stronger or equal to the requirements of the already recognised BSCI standards. We expect all business partners share and are monitored against these values and principles.

If an audit reveals less than full compliance with the BSCI Code of Conduct (or equivalent system), the factory must take the prescribed corrective actions without delay. The period of time the supplier/ production location has to implement these corrective measures will be agreed upon with the auditors and/or the Hunkemöller CSR team, but may never exceed 12 paid months. Our aim is to partner with the right suppliers, independently from the country they are located in. The majority of audits are semi-announced – the factory agrees to a timeframe of a month, during which the auditor is free to come unannounced and carry out the inspection. In some cases, for example with new business relations, we do a fully announced audit to build mutual trust.

SOCIAL AUDITING PROGRAMME

Our auditing and compliance activity is at the heart of our sustainability strategy and vital to achieving our targets and goals.

It’s mandatory for all factories to be audited under an accepted social audit scheme. All production locations are audited according to the BSCI Code of Conduct, or another equivalent system that’s approved by Hunkemöller. Separate audits are also performed by internationally accredited independent auditors. The purpose of recognising standards equivalent to the accepted BSCI is to reduce the cost of certification (from a supplier’s perspective), decrease audit fatigue and acknowledge standards with shared principles. A social audit scheme can only be accepted if it fully covers Hunkemöller’s requirements and if the follow-up and implementation plan of continuous and sustainable improvements is both serious and credible. Equivalent standards must be stronger or equal to the requirements of the already recognised BSCI standards. We expect all business partners share and are monitored against these values and principles.

If an audit reveals less than full compliance with the BSCI Code of Conduct (or equivalent system), the factory must take the prescribed corrective actions without delay. The period of time the supplier/ production location has to implement these corrective measures will be agreed upon with the auditors and/or the Hunkemöller CSR team, but may never exceed 12 paid months. Our aim is to partner with the right suppliers, independently from the country they are located in. The majority of audits are semi-announced – the factory agrees to a timeframe of a month, during which the auditor is free to come unannounced and carry out the inspection. In some cases, for example with new business relations, we do a fully announced audit to build mutual trust.

GOOD FOR EVERYONE

We love making beautiful products for our customers, but we take our responsibilities as a global retailer very seriously too. We believe that creating a socially and environmentally responsible brand is good for everyone – and good for business. We aim to create a sustainable business: here today and here tomorrow. With Together Tomorrow we’re building a socially responsible and environmentally-friendly brand by proactively integrating sustainability in every part of the process – from production to sale in stores. Taking responsibility for the environment and the people that are affected by our business is important to us, and we aim for constant improvement.

We’re committed to improving conditions in the apparel industry and, through our obligation to the Dutch Agreement of Sustainable Garments and Textiles (AGT) agreement, our progress is verified on a yearly basis. We also work with our suppliers to solve sustainability challenges that are present within our wider sustainability context and the countries they produce in.

Bangladesh production
Bangladesh production

GOOD FOR EVERYONE

We love making beautiful products for our customers, but we take our responsibilities as a global retailer very seriously too. We believe that creating a socially and environmentally responsible brand is good for everyone – and good for business. We aim to create a sustainable business: here today and here tomorrow. With Together Tomorrow we’re building a socially responsible and environmentally-friendly brand by proactively integrating sustainability in every part of the process – from production to sale in stores. Taking responsibility for the environment and the people that are affected by our business is important to us, and we aim for constant improvement.

We’re committed to improving conditions in the apparel industry and, through our obligation to the Dutch Agreement of Sustainable Garments and Textiles (AGT) agreement, our progress is verified on a yearly basis. We also work with our suppliers to solve sustainability challenges that are present within our wider sustainability context and the countries they produce in.

Bangladesh production facility

AREAS TO IMPROVE

We endorse the objective behind the AGT agreement and its identified nine improvement areas:

  • • Discrimination and gender
  • • Child labour
  • • Forced labour
  • • Freedom of association
  • • Living wages
  • • Safe and healthy working environment
  • • Raw materials
  • • Water pollution and the use of chemicals, water and energy
  • • Animal welfare

On a yearly basis, we report on our progress to the Secretary of the Dutch Textile Covenant and get reviewed.

Bangladesh production facility

AREAS TO IMPROVE

We endorse the objective behind the AGT agreement and its identified nine improvement areas:

  • • Discrimination and gender
  • • Child labour
  • • Forced labour
  • • Freedom of association
  • • Living wages
  • • Safe and healthy working environment
  • • Raw materials
  • • Water pollution and the use of chemicals, water and energy
  • • Animal welfare

On a yearly basis, we report on our progress to the Secretary of the Dutch Textile Covenant and get reviewed.