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WHY WE’RE DOING THIS

In 2017, we started our participation in a joint project under the Dutch Agreement for Sustainable Garments and Textile with five other brands and four NGOs. Together with Unicef and two factories in Bangladesh we’ve implemented a children’s rights programme. It has been developed for companies that want to go the extra mile to respect and support the rights of children, working parents and young workers.

Children’s rights has always been an important topic for Hunkemöller. We’re committed to proactive action to eradicate child labour in the supply chain by collaborating in multi-stakeholder initiatives, enabling capacity building, tackling the root causes of child labour and monitoring and reporting on progress.

WHY WE’RE DOING THIS

In 2017, we started our participation in a joint project under the Dutch Agreement for Sustainable Garments and Textile with five other brands and four NGOs. Together with Unicef and two factories in Bangladesh we’ve implemented a children’s rights programme. It has been developed for companies that want to go the extra mile to respect and support the rights of children, working parents and young workers.

Children’s rights has always been an important topic for Hunkemöller. We’re committed to proactive action to eradicate child labour in the supply chain by collaborating in multi-stakeholder initiatives, enabling capacity building, tackling the root causes of child labour and monitoring and reporting on progress.

TEN PRINCIPLES & OUTCOMES

Unicef’s programme is based on the Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBP). The CRBP is a set of ten voluntary principles developed by Unicef, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children.

The project has caused positive change both in the participating factories and within Hunkemöller. In the factories we’ve seen the adaptation of a children’s rights policy, which has also been cascaded down the supply chain. Additionally, the factories strengthened their maternity provisions and rights for pregnant women. Both factories are currently also setting up daycare centres with a focus on accessibility and quality of care. We have also seen improvements in the wider community regarding handwashing practices as a consequence of this project.

Within Hunkemöller we’ve updated our policies and implemented a remediation plan if we were to find children in the supply chain. We’re now much more focused on tackling the root causes of child labour. We have also implemented a new way of mapping our supply chain.

 

TEN PRINCIPLES & OUTCOMES

Unicef’s programme is based on the Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBP). The CRBP is a set of ten voluntary principles developed by Unicef, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children.

The project has caused positive change both in the participating factories and within Hunkemöller. In the factories we’ve seen the adaptation of a children’s rights policy, which has also been cascaded down the supply chain. Additionally, the factories strengthened their maternity provisions and rights for pregnant women. Both factories are currently also setting up daycare centres with a focus on accessibility and quality of care. We have also seen improvements in the wider community regarding handwashing practices as a consequence of this project.

Within Hunkemöller we’ve updated our policies and implemented a remediation plan if we were to find children in the supply chain. We’re now much more focused on tackling the root causes of child labour. We have also implemented a new way of mapping our supply chain.

FUTURE PLANS

The collaboration with Unicef has been beneficial for all parties and, therefore, we intend on continuing with the project in 2020. In general, we continue to support factories in their improvement efforts. We’re not only committed to helping factories live up to their newly adopted policies, but also helping them cascade requirements throughout the supply chain. As such, we’re updating the way we map our supply chain and we now map per product to get more accurate data. The company is also focused on tackling the root causes of child labour such as recruitment practices and wages.

FUTURE PLANS

The collaboration with Unicef has been beneficial for all parties and, therefore, we intend on continuing with the project in 2020. In general, we continue to support factories in their improvement efforts. We’re not only committed to helping factories live up to their newly adopted policies, but also helping them cascade requirements throughout the supply chain. As such, we’re updating the way we map our supply chain and we now map per product to get more accurate data. The company is also focused on tackling the root causes of child labour such as recruitment practices and wages.