Social Responsibility

Our supplier policy

Polarn O. Pyret has no factories of its own – our clothes are made in factories all over the world. We have a close relationship with our partners and have been working with many of them for a long time. It is important for us whom we work with, and that is why we place high demands on safety, quality, the environment and social responsibility.

We are stronger together, which is why since 2005 we’ve been a member of Amfori-BSCI, an international initiative in which thousands of participants from 40 countries are working together to make continual improvements within the global supply chain. We share a code of conduct with Amfori-BSCI’s just over one thousand other companies [Link till Code of conduct] and we carry out our external inspections via Amfori-BSCI.

The Amfori BSCI Code of Conduct involves a commitment to work systematically with risk assessment, knowledge dispersion, inspection and improvement work at suppliers and factories. All suppliers that work for us must undertake to comply with the code of conduct as an integral part of their supplier agreement. The code of conduct consists of eleven key areas in which both minimum requirements and best practice are defined.

The eleven areas are:

We make sure that our suppliers get the training and support they need to be able to comply with our requirements and guidelines. All parts are scrutinised during an inspection and if there are any shortcomings, we will work with the supplier to create an action plan. In a worst-case scenario, we may discontinue our collaboration, but primarily we always try to bring about improvements to avoid the employees suddenly losing their source of income.

In addition to the work we do through Amfori-BSCI, we also work with factories that are SA8000 certified. If a factory meets all the requirements in the BSCI Code of Conduct, the factory is encouraged to go one step further and acquire SA8000 certification, which BSCI currently deems to be the best global standard.

In order for a factory to get SA8000 certification, it must meet all the requirements pertaining to child labour, forced labour, health & safety, freedom of association and right to collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours, remuneration and management system.