Environment – Social Issues – Economy
FAIR WEAR FOUNDATION
FOCUS ON WORKING CONDITIONS
Since July 2015, we have been a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). The Fair Wear Foundation is an independent non-profit organization that is cooperatively led by retailer organizations and representatives from the textile industry, trade associations and non-government organizations with the aim of improving working conditions in the textile industry worldwide.
To do that, the foundation has defined the following working guidelines, which are to be implemented in the ORTOVOX factories:
- Free choice of work
- No discrimination in the workplace
- No exploitation through child labor
- Freedom of association and the right to collective actions
- Payment of a living wage
- Reasonable working hours
- Safe and healthy working conditions
- A legally binding employment contract
THE FAIR WEAR FOUNDATION MONITORS ITS MEMBERS' IMPROVEMENTS THROUGH:
- Yearly performance reviews at the company headquarters (questionnaires plus interviews and document inspection)
- Factory audits
- The opportunity for factory workers to lodge complaints.
THE FOUNDATION OF THIS IS A THREEE YEAR PLAN THAT DEFINES THE FOLLOWING GOALS:
- After one year, 40% of the production must come from audited factories or “non-risk” countries.
- After two years, 60%
- After three years, 90% or 100%
ORTOVOX SOCIAL REPORT
TRANSPARENCY IN THE TEXTILE SUPPLY CHAIN
THE PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE TEXTILES
IMPROVEMENTS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY SUPPLY CHAIN
GLOBALLY ACTIVE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
ORTOVOX WOOL PROMISE
ORTOVOX protects. As our number one brand value, protection is the central focus of all of ORTOVOX’s activities. Here, protection refers not only to products that protect against the elements in dangerous situations on the mountain, but also includes the protection of humans and nature. In 2012, we discovered Tasmania as a source for our merino wool. We work together with selected farms that meet our high quality standards and follow the demanding wool standard – ORTOVOX WOOL PROMISE (OWP). With the ORTOVOX WOOL PROMISE (OWP), ORTOVOX has initiated its own wool standard for the highest quality of animal welfare and sustainable economic management. For over two years, ORTOVOX has held meetings with the Tasmanian wool farmers, suppliers and producers to develop our own fully comprehensive wool standard. Based upon the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), the ORTOVOX WOOL PROMISE takes an even more extensive approach to satisfy our company’s high requirements.
The OWP focuses upon the following areas:
Animal welfare, Farm management, Land management, Slaughter, Transport
Multi-year contracts are concluded with the wool farmers and relationships with wool producers are kept direct and personal. The OWP thus encompasses various aspects of sustainability, providing the necessary transparency for the customers and for the company itself. The wool standard guarantees the best welfare for the sheep and ensures that only wool from our selected farms ends up in ORTOVOX products.