Is there any way you can improve working conditions?
Yes. With the help of our social programme.
Our social programme is geared at ensuring the Code of Conduct is adhered to, as well as improving working conditions across the globe. This includes facilitating safe, healthy workplaces in our suppliers’ factories, regulating working hours, paying fair wages, promoting the right to form unions, the freedom of organisation and to set tariffs, and eliminating all child and forced labour. Independent audits are carried out in our supplier companies to assess whether these criteria are being met. The results are used to continue to make improvements. We also offer a range of training courses and workshops that contribute to the long-term improvement of working conditions.
Suppliers can only work for us when they submit valid certification proving they adhere to our minimum social standards. A Group database provides full transparency of a supplier’s status meaning we can quickly identify any area that needs action.
We attach great importance to long-term, strategic partnerships with our suppliers and invest in a comprehensive range of qualification programmes. The Otto Group covers the cost of a ten month programme aimed at helping factories and workers understand our demands and take responsibility for their implementation.
Long-term strategic partnerships with our suppliers are important because together we are stronger. In 2017, 240 factories completed our qualification programme.
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How do you check your suppliers’ working conditions?
To raise awareness of high social standards all over the world, the Otto Group (of which bonprix is a member) partakes in a number of international initiatives.
The Group is a founding member of the “Business Social Compliance Initiative” (BSCI), which now counts over 1500 companies across the globe. We also recognise certification in line with the international standard SA8000. In addition, the Otto Group has developed our own standard that can be applied globally.
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Does everyone have to tow the line?
Yes. We have a Code of Conduct. Anyone who wants to work with us has to follow it.
When it comes to collaborating with suppliers and partners we have very distinct ideas of what we expect and some firm principles. Anyone hoping to work with use needs to share our beliefs. Our Code of Conduct is based on International Labour Organisation conventions. Safeguarding human rights is one of our key universal principles.
We want to provide safe, healthy working conditions for all our employees. They should be entitled to regular house, fair wages and the right to form trade unions. We support environmental protection and anti-corruption policies in the workplace.
But we can only achieve this as a team.
Download our Code of Conduct to find out more.