DK Company does not own any factories, but we put a great deal of work into ensuring that the factories we collaborate with follow our requirements concerning
environmental issues and working conditions.
We are members of amfori BSCI, Business Social Compliance Initiative. Effectively, it’s a Code of Conduct that all the factories we collaborate with must sign.
Amfori BSCI audits are conducted at the factories on behalf of the amfori BSCI members.
Our suppliers are audited based on a DK Company audit which is built around a set of stairs, where each step is an audit with a specific subject.
First, we make health and safety audits to ensure the safety of the workers. Then before doing an audit on management systems, trainings in management systems has to be conducted,
making sure that the factories maintain the health and safety standard. Subsequently (step 2), we audit the management systems to ensure that they have been effectively implemented.
Step 3 is environmental audits, making sure the factories comply with our strict environmental rules and provide them with training in specific elements such as wastewater treatment procedures.
Next step is working hours and salary, before which they receive training in capacity building and production planning.
At this stage the factories are also required to fill in a questionnaire in regard to the cooperation with DK Company, and how we can improve in order for them
to improve on the issues related to compensation and working hours.
The final step concerns "soft issues" that are also important, but difficult to detect at audits, such as harassment.
It is important for us to underline that we do not take any of these steps lightly. However, it is necessary that one step is in place, before the factory moves on to the next step on the ladder.
The health of the workers on the factories is of utmost importance to us, and the factories must first of all be a safe place to work.
We want to make a real difference in our industry therefore it is important that we know the route our products are travelling from fibre to shop.
Now, we have mapped our supply chain to factory level (TIER 1)– i.e. where they produce the garment.
It is our goal to get a more transparent supply chain and we aim map our tier 2 suppliers by 2020.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
We believe in dialogue, training and monitoring rather than excluding factories if the factory at first hand is not compliant to our standards.
We seek to create a collaboration with our suppliers, to ensure they get the necessary help to be a safe working place.
That is why education and training of our suppliers is an essential focus point in our sustainability work.
We arrange seminars for our suppliers with training of our Code of Conduct, chemical restrictions and sustainability in materials.
Furthermore, we train our colleagues in Denmark and in our sourcing office, as we all have a very important part to play in our journey towards a more sustainable industry.