Taking responsibility for the people affected by KappAhl’s activities is a central part of our sustainability work. Every day we strive to ensure lasting improvements are implemented by our suppliers, for the employees and for the environment.
Our premise is that we and our industry as a whole are important for the countries in which our clothes are produced. We have no factories of our own, but work with carefully selected suppliers. We want to contribute towards a positive development by being there on the ground and working for the long term, and by requiring that working conditions must improve.
The basis for this work is our Code of Conduct. Here we have stated our values and the demands we make on our suppliers and their subcontractors. The Code of Conduct is a part of the framework agreement with our suppliers and includes areas such as forced labour, child labour, freedom of association, freedom of organisation, salaries and working hours, as well as safety in the workplace.
We have our own offices in all our large manufacturing countries – Bangladesh, India, China and Turkey, and in total about 140 KappAhl employees are working on site. The fact that we are local means that we can work closely with our suppliers, we can visit them often and maintain a good dialogue. We place great importance on the follow-up work of our Code of Conduct. By working together with our suppliers we can change conditions in the long term. Our approach is that the suppliers’ compliance with our Code of Conduct should be developed in line with our business relationship.
We are also working on a number of larger projects together with other companies to increase safety in the workplace. For example, we are part of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, an initiative which aims to create safer working conditions for textile workers.
More about how we take responsibility for the people involved in manufacturing.