We believe in people power.
We are employees, manufacturers and consumers.
We are all connected.

 

We believe in
people power.
We are employees, manufacturers
and consumers.
We are all connected.

 

Only sustainable materials and a great product are not enough for us. Our production chain is long and every single piece of clothing contains the work of many people. Above all, the assembling of a final garment is still pure handcraft today.

Like most brands, we do not have our own factories where only ARMEDANGEL's collections are produced. That's why it's up to our partners and ourselves to secure fair working conditions and fair wages for the people who make our products.

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Our aim is to support our suppliers in enabling consistently good working conditions for all employees. This is also one of the important reasons for our regular visits to the production facilities. The good relationship with the producers is enormously important to us, because they are the basis of what we do. We want everyone who works for us to understand what we are about as a brand and what our vision & mission is. That is why it is so vital that our partners develop their own responsibility - with our support and the help of the initiatives in which we participate, like the Fair Wear Foundation. Therefore, in addition to the audits, we also rely heavily on training concepts from the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) for workers and factory managers, the so-called Workplace Education Programs (WEP).

In addition, our design, purchasing, product and sustainability teams are constantly visiting our suppliers. Martin & Christian, the managing directors, is also regularly at site to meet the suppliers in person and to deepen the partnerships. We always announce our visits and discuss the different issues with the producers. Our suppliers are our partners. First and foremost, this means we build a business relationship based on trust, not just control.

 

Who is the Fair Wear Foundation?

Since June 2015 we are happy to be a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). For us, this is an important step to take our corporate responsibility even more purposefully and to support our suppliers in enabling fair working conditions for all employees.

The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is an international multi-stakeholder initiative committed to working with all member companies to improve supply chains and working conditions in textile mills worldwide.

In a strict code of conduct called Code of Labor Practice, ia. The prohibition of child labor, the right to freedom of association, secure jobs, living wages and resource-saving production – standard requirements are defined.

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The Code of Labor Practice is based in detail on the core labor standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and sets out the guidelines for fair working conditions:

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

You can find the entire "Code of Labor Practice" of the Fair Wear Foundation here.



Compliance with these standards is regularly monitored at our local factories, both internally and by FWF auditors. For this they use different mechanisms. Among others, these are:

Operational controls (so-called audits)

Complaint system for workers

Stakeholder consultation in the production countries

 

The background

The Brand Performance Check of the Fair Wear Foundation takes place once a year at all member companies. During the check internal management systems are reviewed to assess how the company has implemented the Code of Labor Practice (FWF) in cooperation with the suppliers.

As part of this control, both the management systems, e.g. production planning, purchasing, supplier relationships, etc., as well as the monitoring of the production sites are checked. Monitoring is how we work with our partners and support production, problem-solving and deficiencies to improve the performance of them.

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Further aspects are the information management, the handling of complaints of employees of the production companies as well as the promotion of transparency. The reports on the Brand Performance Check are available to the public on the FWF website.

We know we are not perfect, and we still have a long way to go. But that is pretty obvious when you want to become the fairest fashion label in the world. But we have already achieved a great deal and we are very proud of that.

Click here for the detailed results of our third Brand Performance Check. In our Social Report 2017 you will find much more information about how we work and what mission we pursue ... just click.