Mountain Equipment Fair Wear Foundation

As of May 2018 Mountain Equipment have been awarded ‘Leader Status’ by Fair Wear Foundation, the highest of their performance benchmarking categories, for a second year running.

Together with Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), Mountain Equipment are working to achieve fair working conditions worldwide. Mountain Equipment has been a member of FWF since 2012 and has developed a close partnership with FWF, working together with them continuously over the past 5 years.

In order to reach Leader status, Mountain Equipment achieved a monitoring percentage of 93% in the FWF Brand Performance Check for 2017. In these annual reviews, FWF verifies member brands regarding their progress in implementing labour standards and improving working conditions. This marks a significant achievement by the business as only around 10% of FWF member brands manage to fulfil the requirements to be awarded Leader status.

“Mountain Equipment has made significant steps into monitoring their supply chain. The company has in-depth knowledge about its production sites and has effectively implemented action plans wherever issues have been found”, says Kees Gootjes, brand manager at FWF.

“Mountain Equipment has worked hard to better integrate social compliance into its purchasing practices.” FWF is an independent, non-profit, multi-stakeholder organisation that works with brands and producers to improve labour conditions in the garment industry worldwide.

FWF has over 90 member brands with representation in 11 production countries in Asia, Europe and Africa and keeps detailed track of progress made by all the partners it works with.

As a member of FWF, Mountain Equipment is committed to implementing the strict 8-point FWF Code of Labour Practices, which is based on UN and ILO principles, in all production facilities and so meets the highest standards for socially equitable working conditions. These include, among others, the payment of living wages, reasonable working hours, safe and healthy working conditions, prevention of child labour and many more.

“We have been working hard for the last 5 years to ensure the working conditions in the production facilities we use meet acceptable welfare standards. Being recognised by FWF as a leading brand in this respect is greatly rewarding and helps to encourage us to continue in this important and challenging work” says Kevin Offer, CSR Manager OSC Ltd.

In regularly scheduled audits, FWF monitors working conditions and social standards in individual production facilities. During the audit, employees are questioned both inside and outside of the manufacturing plant without the presence of management. Where standards are found to be below FWF requirements a “Corrective Action Plan” is produced which sets out what must be done by the brand, within a clear timeframe. 

  • FWF Code of Labour Practices

    The FWF Code of Labour Practices contains eight elements, which are based on United Nations and International Labour Organization principles: 

    Employment is freely chosen 

    There is no discrimination in employment 

    No exploitation of child labour

    Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining 

    Payment of a living wage 

    No excessive working hours 

    Safe and healthy working conditions

    Legally-binding employment relationship

    FWF regularly verifies the implementation of these labour practices through factory audits and worker interviews both onsite and offsite, and through annual ‘Brand Performance Checks’ which assess how well each member’s management policies support the Code of Labour Practices. FWF publicly reports on the progress of member companies towards implementation of the Code elements.

  • Mountain Equipment Fair Wear Foundation

    Brand Performance Checks are an independent assessment of how each FWF member brand is working to improve labour conditions in their supply chains. FWF members like Mountain Equipnent are evaluated against a set of indicators; the benchmarking score is an indication of how brands are doing on these indicators. The monitoring percentage shows how much of a brand’s production volume is covered by their monitoring system. Depending on how long the affiliate has been a member, the combination of benchmarking score and monitoring percentage lead to a category in Mountain Equipment case the highest which is ‘Leader’. 

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    FWF members are required to hand in an annual social report. Companies’ social reports are part of FWF’s requirements on brand transparency. FWF collects and publishes the reports, but does not verify their content before publishing them. The quality of the social reports is checked and reported on through the annual brand performance checks. 

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