Transparency in operations.
It is important to us at Polarn O. Pyret that our customers and other stakeholders, such as partners, should have transparency in our operations. Twice a year, we therefore publish an updated supplier list of the production countries and production units (sewing units) that manufacture our products.
The criterion for a production unit to be listed is that the value of our total production exceeds SEK 100,000 per year and that we have worked with the factory for at least one season. The public supplier list corresponds to 99% of our total order value.
In the supplier list, we report which valid third-party inspections or certificates were most recently made on each sewing unit, and to what extent the factory complies with BSCI's code of conduct in accordance with 13 specified categories. Each category in a control is ranked from A (Very good) to E (Unacceptable). We report the percentage of the 13 categories that received A (Very Good) or B (Good) on the most recent checks, ie the best results.
Here you can see which factories manufacture Polarn O. Pyret's clothing sorted by country of production and also the result of the latest inspection carried out in the factory.
In Bangladesh we have been active since 2014 in "The Accord on Building and Fire Safety in Bangladesh", now "The Transition Accord", which aims to improve the safety of the textile factories in Bangladesh.
Clothing production is a very complex area, where one of the most important issues is to safeguard human rights throughout the supply chain. We have only come a short way towards that goal, and since it is a hugely important issue for us, we want to increase the pace of development. Therefore, we have set clear goals ahead;
In 2020, 100% of the factories that sew our clothing (Tier 1) will be controlled by a third party. Our previous target was for all factories in countries with a higher risk of human rights violations, but now we are expanding the target to include all our factories, even in countries where the risk is low. With this definition, the proportion of controlled factories in 2019 is 76%.
Every year, at least 15% of the factories must have improved their control result since the previous review to ensure continuous improvement of human rights through the supply chain. We focus our improvement work on the factories that account for the largest share of our production and where we can make the biggest difference.
By 2025, all factories that sew our clothing (Tier 1) must have implemented reasonable wages in accordance with BSCI or SA8000. Salary levels are a complex area that is difficult to follow up and control. According to available third-party audits, we know that 80% of our factories pay reasonable wages, but we obviously want to have it secured in the remaining factories. 100% of our outer range is produced today in factories.