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 policy
SHEEP IN FOCUS
In 2013, we decided to purchase our merino wool from six selected ORTOVOX farms in Tasmania rather than from the wholesale market. The driving factor behind this decision was the aim of providing maximum transparency regarding our source of raw materials. As part of this, farmers must also produce their merino wool in accordance with our ORTOVOX WOOL POLICY. In this way, we can guarantee the following points
Providing conditions and treatment that prevent mental suffering. For example, mulesing is not practiced at any of our six farms.
2. MEDICAL SUPPORT
Taking precautions and ensuring quick diagnosis and treatment.
3. ANIMAL WELFARE
Providing ample space and clean facilities for the sheep to share with their fellow species.
4. COMFORT AND PROTECTION
Providing an appropriate environment with shelter and a comfortable resting area.
5. FEEDING CONTROLS
Ensuring the sheep have constant access to fresh water and food that provides a healthy source of energy.