Old assessment methodology
Very good choice
  • Aim/Focus
  • Standard organisation
  • Good to know
The aim is to improve working conditions in companies in the textile industry worldwide. The focus is on companies where garments are sewn. The Brand Performance Check, conducted annually at all FWF member companies, is the most important element of FWF’s ‘shared responsibility’ approach to social compliance in the global garment sector. FWF believes that improving conditions for apparel factory workers requires change at multiple levels. Traditional efforts to improve conditions focus primarily on the factory.
The standard organisation is the Dutch Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), which is supported by trade unions, non-governmental organisations and trade and manufacturers' organisations. Members are about 80 textile companies representing approximately 120 brands. FWF is active in 15 production countries within Europe, Africa and Asia.

Cred­ib­il­ity 90%

  • Availability of Scheme Structure
  • Independence of Scheme Owner from Certificate Holder
  • Availability of Standard
  • Public Consultation of Standard
  • Availability of Standard-Setting Process
  • Standard Review
  • Consistent interpretation of the Standard
  • List of Accredited/Approved CABs
  • Procedure on Remediation
  • CAB Complaints Mechanism
  • Defined Duration of Certificate / License
  • Clarity of claim
  • Scheme Legal Status
  • Information on Sources of Finance
  • Incorporation of Stakeholder feedback
  • Documented Assessment Methodology
  • Level of Conformity Assessment
  • Claims Policy
  • Scheme Management
    Governance structures and management of the scheme
    93/100
    • Governance
      100/100
      • Does the scheme owner make its organisational structure available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
      • Is the scheme owner a legal entity, or an organization that is a partnership of legal entities, or a government or inter-governmental agency?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) was founded in February 1999 as an independent not-forprofit foundation located in The Netherlands. http://www.fairwear.org/ul/cms/fck-uploaded/documents/fwfpublications_reports/FWFannualreport2014final.pdf

      • Is there a mechanism by which the top decision-making body members are accountable to all stakeholders?
        Answer: Yes available on request
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes available publicly (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (100 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        FWF is an independent not-for-profit foundation governed by a multi-stakeholder Board, in which business associations, trade unions and (labour) NGOs are equally represented. The business associations represent the member brands affiliated to Fair Wear Foundation. This balanced set up ensures FWF has both independence and broad -based support from business associations (50% of the Board) and trade unions and NGO’s (also 50% of the Board).Also see composition of the board: //www.fairwear.org/512/about/organisation/ http://www.fairwear.org/ul/cms/fck-uploaded/documents/fwfpublications_reports/FWFannualreport2014final.pdf

      • Do the voting procedures of the top decision-making body ensure that there is a balanced representation of stakeholder interests, where no single interest predominates?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        "The following stakeholders in the garment sector in the Netherlands founded FWF: (1) a business association for retailers, (2) a business association for garment manufacturers, (3) trade union organisations, and (4) NGOs. The board is composed of four categories of members, representing the four stakeholder categories listed above and has an independent chair. The foundation’s board is its highest decision-making body. Each category has equal voting rights. " Charter Section 3: //www.fairwear.org/ul/cms/fck-uploaded/documents/companies/FWFdocs/fwfcharterjanuary2011.pdf

      • Does the scheme owner make quantitative information on the income sources or financing structure of the scheme available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        Annual report: p10: It is FWF’s policy to maintain a diverse mix of funding sources, with the goal of 50%income generated from member companies (membership fees, support- and auditfees), and 50% coming from other funders. In 2014, the balance was 45.6%/54.4%. http://www.fairwear.org/ul/cms/fck-uploaded/documents/fwfpublications_reports/FWFannualreport2014final.pdf

      • Does the scheme owner have an internal quality management system available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
      • Is the scheme owner economically independent from the certificate holder?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        FundingMembership fees are FWF's basic financial resource, and are calculated to cover the costs of verification described above. FWF can also seek funding from business associations, other civil organisations, and public authorities, especially for innovation and cooperation with similar initiatives. Charter Section 5: //www.fairwear.org/ul/cms/fck-uploaded/documents/companies/FWFdocs/fwfcharterjanuary2011.pdf

      • Does the scheme owner have sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner have a strategy for meeting its sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
    • Impact
      100/100
    • Supporting Strategies
      67/100
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance for compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance beyond compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme provide access to finance for enterprises seeking certification?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
  • Standard-Setting
    Standard development and revision
    90/100
    • Is the standard made available free of charge?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
    • Has a set of key sustainability issues in the sector or product lifecycle been defined in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)

      Source:

      There is no document online on the standard setting procedure, however the standard is based on the ILO conventions, and there is resources available for each of the 8 principles http://www.fairwear.org/488/labour-standards/1.-employment-is-freely-chosen/

    • Are the standard-setting procedures or a public summary of how stakeholders can engage made available?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)

      Source:

      See Fair Wear Formula, p15, 40; for Country Studies see 'http://www.fairwear.org/506/resources/ - Under Country Information; Stakeholder events are regularly publicised, et.g. http://www.fairwear.org/534/news/news_item/fwf-conference-in-india-well-attended-by-stakeholders/?id=607

    • Which stakeholders can participate in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: All stakeholders
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Members only (10 points)
      • Invitation only (70 points)
      • All stakeholders (100 points)
    • Are stakeholders who are directly affected by the standard provided opportunities to participate in standard setting?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)
    • Are draft standards field tested / piloted for relevance and auditability during the development process?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)

      Source:

      "FWF encouraged suppliers interested in piloting the factory guide to test it and provide feedback on how it could be fine-tuned." http://www.fairwear.org/ul/cms/fck-uploaded/documents/countrystudies/turkey/Turkey-mission-report-2015.pdf

    • Does the scheme owner provide information on how the input received from consultations has been included in the final version of the standard?
      Answer: Yes (on request)
      Score: 70/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)

      Source:

      Revisions to Brand Performance Check system, based on stakeholder input, are communicated in writing, and are explained at, for example, the FWF Annual Conference and national stakeholder meetings.

    • Do the voting procedures of the decision-making body responsible for standard setting ensure that there is a balanced representation of stakeholder interests?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)

      Source:

      http://www.fairwear.org/ul/cms/fck-uploaded/documents/fwfpublications_reports/thefairwearformula.pdf, Page 20 Independence is guaranteed by a tripartite (multi-stakeholder) board, in which business associations, trade unions and (labour) NGOs are equally represented.

    • Is the standard reviewed and, if necessary, revised at least every 5 years?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)

      Source:

      The Code of Labour Practices is reviewed as part of FWF's strategic planning process every five years; the five-year plan is approved by the board, along with any changes to the Code. Other policy documents are updated on annual or semi-annual basis.

    • Does the scheme ensure that guidance is in place to support consistent interpretation of the standard?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)

      Source:

      There are resources documents on each principles (policy paper) Plus a manual on performance check, that is a guidance for members to do their self assessment. http://www.fairwear.org/ul/cms/fck-uploaded/documents/2016editionFWFBrandPerformanceCheckguide1.pdf And: example of guidance per principle: http://www.fairwear.org/488/labour-standards/1.-employment-is-freely-chosen/

    • Are there procedures and guidance for application or interpretation of the standard to regional contexts?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)

      Source:

      'For every country where FWF conducts verification activities, a country study with key indicators regarding the industry, labour law, the state of labour conditions and industrial relations is published.' http://www.fairwear.org/506/resources/ country information

    • Does the scheme owner have a complaints mechanism for the standard-setting process?
      Answer: No
      Score: 0/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes, publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
  • Assurance
    Mechanisms for assessment of compliance with the standard
    86/100
    • Assurance System
      90/100
      • Is there a documented assessment methodology for CABs to assess compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly available (100 points)
      • Is application (to get certified/verified) open to all potential applicants within the scope of the scheme?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        'Companies that manufacture and/or sell garments, accessories, shoes, home textiles or other textile or leather products can join FWF with the constraint that only those manufacturers with production facilities in countries where FWF is active can join. [...] Joining FWF is open to companies in the branches of industry of which the main manufacturing process is sewing. Companies that operate in the European market, such as producers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers can join FWF. Manufacturers in producing countries where FWF is active can also join.' FWF Charter, Pager 8

      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have an assessment fee schedule?
        Answer: Yes publicly avilable
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly avilable (100 points)

        Source:

        p1 & 7 (E. Payments) To calculate the total cost of an audit thedocument ‘Financial Terms for Service Providers’gives the per diem for auditors in different regions as well as details on reimbursements of costs associated with the audit. In addition the below mentioned terms, the stipulations in the FWF audit manual apply for preparing audit. and: http://www.fairwear.org/ul/cms/fck-uploaded/documents/policydocs/termsforFWFauditsjan2012.pdf

      • Are levels of all costs and fees incurred by applicants and certificate holders/licencees based on programme costs and kept as low as possible?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have a documented complaints mechanism in place for compliance decisions?
        Answer: Yes available on request
        Score: 70/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly available (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner make, or require CABs to make, summary certification/verification reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (no reports) (0 points)
        • Confidential (10 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • Does the certificate or license define the duration for which it is valid?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        There is no certification, but Brand Performance Check reports are created every year.

      • Does the certificate or license define the scope of assurance?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner maintain or require CABs to maintain a publicly accessible list of certified or verified enterprises, or a list of verified products/product groups, or a list of members (in case of membership-based initiatives)?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 70/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (70 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes incl. scope of certificate or license (100 points)

        Source:

        the exact activity, and position in the supply chain are listed. http://www.fairwear.org/36/brands/

      • Does the scheme owner maintain a list of all accredited/approved CABs?
        Answer: Yes (publicly)
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes (publicly) (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner review their assurance system on a periodic basis?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Annual (0 points)
        • Every 3 years (100 points)
        • Every 5 years (0 points)
        • Ad hoc (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that clients and other affected stakeholders are notified of changes to the assurance requirements?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        The Brand Performance Check Guide is published annually, and all members are notified of changes.

      • Does the scheme owner allow partial certification by an enterprise, with requirements to increase the percentage of certified produce over time?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented assessment methodology for CABs that are assessing chain of custody?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • yes publicly available (100 points)
        • yes available on request (70 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Conformity Assessment
      84/100
      • Conformity Assessment Process
        100/100
      • Sustainability Audits
        70/100
        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17021, ISO/IEC 17020 or equivalent?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (100 points)
          • Not Applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Fair Wear Foundation affiliates do the monitoring and verification themselves.

        • At least how often do clients undergo a full audit process?
          Answer: 1-2 years
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • 1 year or less (100 points)
          • 1-2 years (100 points)
          • 2-3 years (80 points)
          • 4-5 years (50 points)
          • 5 years or more (10 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Annually at management system and FWF conducts factory audits at its members’ manufacturing companies. In the course of three years, factory audits are conducted on behalf of FWF at factories that together represent 10% of the production of the affiliate. http://www.fairwear.org/ul/cms/fck-uploaded/documents/policydocs/FWFauditmanual-march2012.pdf 10% refers to verification audits. brands have to ensure that their monitoring system covers the minimum threshold depending on year of membership (40%, 60%, 90%). Monitoring threshold requirements should be mentioned in this indicator for the production side. Otherwise it sounds like only 10% of production in audited within three years which is only the percentage for verification but not monitoring audits.

        • Is the frequency of an audit based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          FWF may schedule additional auditts beyond the 10% minimum in response to risk assessments or compliants received via FWF's complaints network.

        • What type of activities are CABs required to undertake during a full audit?
          Answer: Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review)
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Document review (off-site) only (10 points)
          • Document review on-site (70 points)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner allow or require CABs to do unscheduled audits?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • Allowed (70 points)
          • Required (100 points)
          • Not allowed (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Are auditors required to solicit external stakeholder input during the audit process?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Stakeholder consultation is one of the five information sources used in FWF audit reports. Before every audit, FWF local stakeholders are consulted on each labour standard and common issues among factories in the area. This helps to put the audit findings in perspective.

        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to follow a consistent report format?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Audit manual: 11. Guideline for the audit report (p45) http://www.fairwear.org/ul/cms/fck-uploaded/documents/policydocs/FWFauditmanual-march2012.pdf

        • Are the people making the compliance decision different from those engaged in the audit process?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          The FWF auditor trainings focus on ensuring consistency. The training is supported by the audit manual. Cross-country trainings and webinars are used improve consistency between countries.

        • Does the scheme allow for group certification or verification?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Group Certification
        100/100
        • Is the group required to have an internal management system?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Is there a requirement that at least all group sites are visited during the period of validity of the certificate?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Is there a sample size formula to determine the number of group members that is externally verified?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (70 points)
          • Yes based on risk assessment (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Do the requirements on group certification/verification define the conditions under which a group member shall be suspended or removed from a group?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Member suspended from certification (0 points)
          • Member removed from a group (100 points)
          • Group suspension (0 points)
          • No repercussion (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Chain of Custody
        100/100
        • Does the scheme owner require CoC CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17020, ISO/IEC 17021, or ISO/IEC 17065 or equivalent?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • What is the most independent type of CoC conformity assessment required by the scheme?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • 1st party (0 points)
          • 2nd party (70 points)
          • 3rd party (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • What type of activities are CoC CABs required to undertake during a full CoC assessment?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Document review (off-site) only (10 points)
          • Document review on-site (70 points)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner require all enterprises that are physically handling the certified product to undergo a CoC audit if the product can be destined for retail sale as a certified, labelled product?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Laboratory Testing
        75/100
        • In the documented assessment methodology, are test methods either referred to or included?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (on request) (70 points)
          • Yes publicly (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner require laboratories to be accredited according to recognized laboratory accreditation standards?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes to ISO 17025 (100 points)
          • Yes to other recognized standards (70 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Are there rules on random sampling and testing for the compliance monitoring?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • Each month (0 points)
          • Each quarter (100 points)
          • Each 6 months (0 points)
          • Surprise tests (0 points)
          • Ad hoc (0 points)
        • Is there a procedure to deal with non-compliant products manufactured by a client / licensee?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Auditor Competencies
      86/100
      • Does the scheme owner define specific qualifications and competencies for CAB auditors?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Audit Manual: p6: 2.2 Composition and Skills //www.fairwear.org/ul/cms/fck-uploaded/documents/policydocs/FWFauditmanual-march2012.pdf

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete training on the standard and its interpretation?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete auditor training based on ISO 19011, or equivalent?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that new auditors have a probationary period where their competence in an audit is assessed or supervised?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors are evaluated at least every 3 years?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        As part of the hiring process

      • Does the scheme owner have or require that CABs have a continuing professional development program in place?
        Answer: Ad Hoc
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Annually (0 points)
        • Ad Hoc (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        FWF staff regularly attend trainings, seminars and stakeholder consultations on new issues

      • Does the scheme owner require that there are repercussions such as probation or suspension for the misconduct or poor performance of CAB personnel?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Accreditation / Oversight
      85/100
      • Does the scheme require a documented accreditation or oversight mechanism?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly available (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ISO 17011 compliance for ABs?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Is the accreditation or oversight body independent from the scheme owner?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • How often do assurance providers undergo a full accreditation or oversight assessment?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • <1 year (100 points)
        • 1 year (100 points)
        • 2-3 years (80 points)
        • 4-5 years (50 points)
        • >5 years (10 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
        • None (0 points)
      • Is the frequency of an accreditation or oversight assessment based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner ensure that all CABs are free to apply to operate under the scheme, irrespective of their country of residence, size and of the existing number of providers already operating under the scheme?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner accept CABs that are accredited/accepted by ABs to similar or generic scopes (proxy accreditation)?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (100 points)
        • Yes (0 points)
        • Yes assess scheme-specific competence (80 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to have a documented complaints mechanism in place for compliance decisions?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to have a procedure in place for how CABs are required to address non-conformities using a corrective action process?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to make summary accreditation/oversight reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner ensure that the accreditation or oversight assessment includes an on-site assessment of the CAB?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner ensure that the accreditation or oversight process includes a review of the performance of CABs and auditors in the field?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
  • Claims & Traceability
    Claims and labelling policy and chain of custody
    95/100
    • Traceability
      100/100
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented Chain of Custody standard or other traceability requirements?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly available (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • In terms of the level of traceability, which is the least strict CoC model that the scheme allows?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Segregation (100 points)
        • Mass Balance (70 points)
        • Certificate Trading (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Are there any CoC requirements for non-certified material, in case mixing of certified with uncertified inputs is allowed?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to verify that all enterprises within the chain maintain accurate and accessible records that allow any certified product or batch of products to be traceable from the point of sale to the buyer?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Are companies required to keep CoC records for at least the term of certificate validity?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme have a traceability system that enables checking of product flow between links of the supply chain?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Claims & Labelling
      91/100
      • Does the scheme owner make documented requirements governing the use of symbols, logos and claims available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)

        Source:

        On-garment communication must include the name of the brand, the phrase 'is a member of', the FWF logo and 'www.fairwear.org'. http://www.fairwear.org/ul/cms/fck-uploaded/documents/forcompanies/FWFcommunicationspolicy2012.pdf , //www.fairwear.org/ul/cms/fck-uploaded/documents/forcompanies/FWFCommunicationsGuideApril2013Final.pdfp13: //www.fairwear.org/ul/cms/fck-uploaded/documents/2016editionFWFBrandPerformanceCheckguide1.pdf

      • Do claims and labelling requirements ensure that claims or logos clearly indicate to what they apply?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Do claims requirements specify the types of claims that can be made for different types of CoC models, where the scheme owner allows for more than one model?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Are claims and label users required to use unique license numbers or other tracking mechanisms?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require surveillance of the accurate use of claims and labels in the market, including a complaints mechanism to report misuse?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        (p. 24, pp.90-92 Ind. 6.1): http://www.fairwear.org/ul/cms/fck-uploaded/documents/forcompanies/2016EditionFWFBrandPerformanceCheckguide.pdf There is no official complaint mechanism, but compliance with communication / logo use guidelines is assessed in the brand performance check. Misuse will affect the score negatively.

      • Does the scheme require different claims depending on the percentage of certified / verified content in a product?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        http://www.fairwear.org/about/membership/ Member companies are required to monitor all their production locations in incremental steps, year on year: the monitoring threshold.

      • What is the minimum percentage of a certified / verified input in a single ingredient product for a claim to be allowed for that product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • 0-49% (25 points)
        • 50-74% (50 points)
        • 75-94% (80 points)
        • 95-100% (100 points)
        • Not specified (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • What is the minimum percentage of certified / verified material in a composite product for a claim to be allowed for that product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • 0-20% (25 points)
        • 21-50% (50 points)
        • 51-74% (80 points)
        • 75-100% (100 points)
        • Not specified (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Is the label accompanied by an explanatory text claim or a link to further information?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme have a procedure that defines specific consequences of misuse of claims?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

En­vir­on­ment 0%

  • Prohibition of Chemicals Harmful to the Environment
  • Thresholds for Wastewater Parameters (Basic)
  • Prohibition of Chemicals Harmful to Human Health - Textile
  • Hazardous chemicals - substances of very high concern under REACH
  • Limit Values for Chemical Residues
  • Requirements for the Production of Natural Fibres
  • Chemicals
    Restriction and handling of (hazardous) chemicals
    0/100
    • Chemical Use
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on chemical use?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Document use of all chemicals (25 points)
        • Increase efficiency/reduce chemical use (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

      • Does the standard include criteria on chemicals listed on the REACH Candidate List as substances of very high concern?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of biocides in the finishing process?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of formaldehyde?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of nanomaterials?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of flame retardants?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Prohibit use of halogenated flame retardants (80 points)
        • Prohibit use of halogenated and other flame retardants (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on biodegredability of substances?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on H statements H400, H410, H411?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Prohibit use for some applications (60 points)
        • Prohibit use for all applications (80 points)
        • Prohibit use of additional H statements for all applications (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on H statements H300, H310, H330, H340, H341, H350, H351, H360, H361, H370, H371?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Prohibit use for some applications (60 points)
        • Prohibit use for all applications (80 points)
        • Prohibit use of additional H statements for all applications (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on testing the final product regarding residues of chemicals?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Limit values for less or equal than 10 residues are defined (50 points)
        • Limit values for more than 10 residues are defined (100 points)
    • Handling of Hazardous Substances
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on storage and labelling of chemicals?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on selective and targeted application of chemicals?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on training on chemicals handling and exposure?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on specific procedures/controls to deal with pollution incidents (to mitigate environmental impacts)?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
  • Water
    Water usage and wastewater treatment
    0/100
    • Water Use
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on water consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor volumes of water consumption over time (50 points)
        • Monitor water volumes & increase efficiency (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

    • Wastewater
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on wastewater quality and wastewater treatment?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor wastewater quality over time (25 points)
        • Treat wastewater (75 points)
        • Treat wastewater with parameters defined to ensure appropriate quality of wastewater (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

      • Does the standard include criteria on wastewater volumes (per unit of production)?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor wastewater volumes over time (25 points)
        • Limit wastewater volumes (100 points)
      • Does the standard include threshold values on basic wastewater parameters?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Only for one production step (50 points)
        • For different production steps (100 points)
      • Does the standard include threshold values on advanced wastewater parameters?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Not all of these parameters are covered (85 points)
        • All of these parameters are covered (100 points)
  • Inputs
    Requirements on the materials used in the final product
    0/100
    • Fibres
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on the production of natural fibres?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Fibres are extensively tested for agrochemical residues (40 points)
        • Fibres are extensively tested for agrochemical residues AND production follows IPM (50 points)
        • Less than 50% of fibres is organic (non-organic fibres has to be tested for agrochemical residues) (60 points)
        • 51% - 90% of fibres is organic (non-organic fibres has to be tested for agrochemical residues) (80 points)
        • More than 90% of fibres is organic (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the production of synthetic fibers?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • General criteria (25 points)
        • Specific criteria depending on different types of synthetic fibers (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the usage of recycled material?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Use of recycled material in packaging (10 points)
        • Use of recycled material in product (90 points)
        • Use of recycled material in packaging and product (100 points)
  • Quality
    Usability und durability of products
    0/100
    • Quality and Suitability
      0/100
      • Does the standard cover criteria on the quality of textiles?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Less than four aspects are tested (75 points)
        • All four aspects (fastness of rubbing/ perspiration/ light/ washing) are tested (100 points)
  • Energy
    Energy consumption and renewable energy
    0/100
    • Energy Consumption
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on energy consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor energy consumption over time (50 points)
        • Increase efficiency/reduce energy consumption OR increase use of renewables (90 points)
        • Increase efficiency/reduce energy consumption AND increase use of renewables (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

  • Waste & Air Pollution
    Reduction and management of waste and air pollutants
    0/100
    • Waste Production
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on volumes of waste?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor volumes of waste over time (50 points)
        • Reduce volumes of waste (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on re-using or recycling waste on-site?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

      • Does the standard include criteria on toxicity of waste?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Document toxic waste (25 points)
        • Reduce and/or treat toxic waste (100 points)
    • Waste Management
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on waste management in the production phase?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

      • Does the standard include criteria on waste segregation?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on safe disposal of hazardous waste?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on uncontrolled on-site waste burning?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict waste burning (75 points)
        • Prohibit waste burning (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on uncontrolled waste landfilling?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict waste landfilling (75 points)
        • Prohibit waste landfilling (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on handling or disposal of waste by third parties?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Keep records on third party contractors (25 points)
        • Evaluate third party contractors (in terms of suitability and disposal/treatment methods) (100 points)
    • Air pollution (excl. GHG) & Immission
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on air pollution?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor emissions over time (50 points)
        • Reduce emissions (through end-of-pipe technology) (90 points)
        • Increase emission efficiency (reduce emissions at source) (100 points)
      • For which production phase does the standard include criteria on air pollution?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • For some production steps (50 points)
        • For all production steps (100 points)
  • Environmental Management
    Sound environmental management practices
    0/100
    • Environmental Management
      0/100
      • Does the standard include a general criterion on compliance with all relevant local, regional and national environmental laws and regulations?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

      • Does the standard include criteria to ensure that relevant and up-to-date permits are held (such as water use rights or land use titles)?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on assessing the environmental risks and impacts of production/operations prior to any significant intensification or expansion of business operations/cultivation and infrastructure?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on mitigating negative environmental impacts prior to production/operation?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on stakeholder engagement to achieve environmental targets?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Maintain stakeholder lists (25 points)
        • Inform appropriate stakeholders on environmental targets (50 points)
        • Consult appropriate stakeholders to achieve environmental targets (100 points)

So­cio-E­co­nom­ic 79%

  • Prohibition and Abolition of Forced Labour
  • Prohibition of Child Labour (Minimum Age/ILO 138)
  • Freedom of Association
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Prohibition of Worst Forms of Child Labour
  • Equal Remuneration (manufacturing stage)
  • Non-Discrimination (manufacturing stage)
  • Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Workers' Rights and Benefits of Sub-Contractors
  • Labour Contracts
  • Working Hours (manufacturing stage)
  • Labour Rights and Working Conditions
    Workers’ rights and working conditions
    96/100
    • Basic Labour Rights
      97/100
      • Child Labour
        99/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the prohibition of child labour as defined under ILO 138?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Both ILO Convention No. 182 (worst forms of child labour) and ILO Convention No. 138 (minimum age for admission to employment and work) are core conventions [...]. Fair Wear Foundation has used both ILO conventions as a basis for the FWF Code of Labour Practice."

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 1 of the Child Labour Policy

        • Does the standard cover requirements on the prevention of worst forms of child labour as defined under ILO 182?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Both ILO Convention No. 182 (worst forms of child labour) and ILO Convention No. 138 (minimum age for admission to employment and work) are core conventions [...]. Fair Wear Foundation has used both ILO conventions as a basis for the FWF Code of Labour Practice."

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 1 of the Child Labour Policy

        • Does the standard require that assistance be provided to replaced child workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "The affiliate and supplier are obliged to compensate the child’s family for at least the legal minimum wage the child would have earned. Another acceptable compensatory measure is [...] to find employment for another, older and unemployed family member [...]. [...] take adequate steps to ensure the welfare of the child. [...] the child should attend school [...]. Once the child turns 15 (or the legal age for working, if higher), the production site is required to offer employment in at least the same position and under at least the same conditions. [...] If needed, the affiliate should include support for medical treatment of the child. In any case, the FWF affiliate should talk with the family of the child to understand why the child has to work instead of attending school."

          Referenzdokumente:

          pages 4 and 5 of the Child Labour Policy

        • Does the standard require verification and documentation of age of (young) workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Affiliates should ensure that personal documents such as working contracts and age-verifying documents are kept up-to-date and in good order at all production sites."

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 4 of the Child Labour Policy

        • Does the standard include criteria on special treatment of young workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Children [in the age of 15-18] shall not perform work which, by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm their health, safety or morals." (ILO Convention 182)"

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 14 of the Charter

      • Wages and Benefits
        87/100
        • Does the standard require paying wages sufficient to meet basic needs of the worker and his or her family (living wage)?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          „One of Fair Wear Foundation‟s core labour standards is the payment of a living wage: Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week shall meet at least legal or industry minimum standards and always be sufficient to meet basic needs of workers and their families and to provide some discretionary income. (ILO Conventions 26 and 131).“

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 1 of the Living Wage Policy

        • Does the standard require paying legal minimum wages and social benefits?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          „Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week shall meet at least legal or industry minimum standards [...]“

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 1 of the Living Wage Policy

        • Does the standard require compensating overtime?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Overtime shall [...] always be compensated at a premium rate. (ILO Conventions 1 and 30)"

          Referenzdokumente:

          pages 1 and 2 of the Overtime Policy

        • Does the standard require paid leave?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • one out of 3 (casual/ sick/ annual) (50 points)
          • two out of three (75 points)
          • all (100 points)
        • Does the standard require wages being paid in a timely, regular and convenient manner understood by all employees?
          Answer: yes, some
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 70/100
          Possible answers
          • yes, some (70 points)
          • yes, all (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Employees shall be adequately and clearly informed about the specifications of their wages including wage rates and pay period."

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 1 of the Living Wage Policy

      • Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
        100/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on freedom of association and the right to organize as described in ILO 87?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          """The right of all workers to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively shall be recognised. (ILO Conventions 87 and 98) [...]"" "

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 14 of the Charter

        • Does the standard include criteria on the right to collective bargaining, as laid down by ILO 98?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "The right of all workers to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively shall be recognised. (ILO Conventions 87 and 98) [...]"

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 14 of the Charter

        • Does the standard include criteria on the formation of workers representations where freedom of association is restricted by law?
          Answer: promote
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • allow (90 points)
          • promote (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          "The company shall, in those situations in which the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining are restricted under law, facilitate parallel means of independent and free association and bargaining for all workers."

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 14 of the Charter

        • Does the standard include criteria on worker grievance mechanisms?
          Answer: +monitor, follow up on and inform about outcome of grievances
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • define policy and procedure (50 points)
          • +monitor, follow up on and inform about outcome of grievances (75 points)
          • +no retribution (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          "FWF has a complaints procedure, which can be used by workers [...] to file complaints about their working conditions [...]The procedure shall provide sufficient transparency of process and outcome [...]. FWF will never, however, jeopardise the anonymity of the plaintiff."

          Referenzdokumente:

          pages 12 and 13 of the Charter

      • Answer:
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Voluntary Labour
        100/100
        • Does the standard prohibit forced and compulsory labour as defined in ILO 29 and 105?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "There shall be no use of forced, including bonded or prison, labour. (ILO Conventions 29 and 105)"

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 14 of the Charter

        • Does the standard include criteria on the freedom of movemenent of employees?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Can workers freely enter and leave the premises? If there are guards how do they behave towards workers?""Ask persons in charge for security for an explanation of the security policy. The interviewer must fully understand the mobility of the workers."""

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 66 and 67 of the Audit Manual

        • Does the standard prohibit the withholding of workers' documents?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Does the enterprise keep (original) documents of workers? Check this in the personal files of workers and ask the responsible staff member. If migrant labourers or guest workers are present, ensure they are present voluntarily, and have free access at any time to the originals of their identification papers."

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 84 of the Audit Manual

      • Gender
        100/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on having policies and/ or processes in place that prevent discrimination of women and men in the workplace?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "FWF and its members commit themselves to the following goals: Elimination of [...] gender pay discrimination; Decent pregnancy, maternity and social protection for women [...]; [...] conditions of employment reflect the specific needs of both female and male workers; Fair promotion/recruitment opportunities; [...] Men and women are aware of their rights at work and are provided appropriate training; Men and women have equal access to education, vocational training and career advancement opportunities; [...]."

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 2 of the Gender Policy Statement

        • Does the standard address the payment of equal wages as defined in ILO 100?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Recruitment, wage policy, [...] shall be based on the principle of equal opportunities, regardless of race, colour, sex, [...] (ILO Conventions 100 and 111)."

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 14 of the Charter

        • Does the standard include criteria on the right to maternity leave (as defined in ILO 183)?
          Answer: full compliance
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • partial compliance (50 points)
          • full compliance (90 points)
          • beyond 183 (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          In addition to ILO 183 Standards, FWF looks at other indicators of discrimintation related to maternity leave, e.g. if there are no pregnant women in a mostly female factory, that may indicate discrimination; workers are interviewed to see if pregnancy tests are required before employment, etc; or whether breastfeeding or pregnant women are required to work with chemicals or engage in other potentially harmful work.

          Referenzdokumente:

          p.2

      • Non-Discrimination
        100/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the non-discrimination in the workplace, as defined in ILO 111?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Recruitment, wage policy, admittance to training programmes, employee promotion policy, policies of employment termination, retirement, and any other aspect of the employment relationship shall be based on the principle of equal opportunities, regardless of race, colour, sex, religion, political affiliation, union membership, nationality, social origin, deficiencies or handicaps (ILO Conventions 100 and 111)."

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 14 of the Charter

        • Does the standard include criteria on the non-discrimination of persons with disabilities?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Recruitment, wage policy, admittance to training programmes, employee promotion policy, policies of employment termination, retirement, and any other aspect of the employment relationship shall be based on the principle of equal opportunities, regardless of [...] or handicaps (ILO Conventions 100 and 111)."

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 14 of the Charter

      • Working Hours
        100/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on working hours, as defined in ILO Convention 1?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "The FWF standard states: In any event, workers shall not on a regular basis be required to work in excess of 48 hours per week and shall be provided with at least one day off for every seven-day period. Overtime shall be voluntary, shall not exceed 12 hours per week, shall not be demanded on a regular basis and shall always be compensated at a premium rate. (ILO Conventions 1 and 30)"

          Referenzdokumente:

          pages 1 and 2 of the Overtime Policy

      • Scope of Labour Rights
        70/100
        • Do worker's rights and benefits set out by the standard apply to all forms of work?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          If workers are hired through a labour contractor, management is still responsible for their labour contracts. For these workers the labour standards are fully applicable.

          Referenzdokumente:

          Audit manual - Legally binding emploment relationship p. 90

        • Do the standard's rights and benefits for workers also apply to sub-contracted labour?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Affiliates [...] commit themselves to implement the Code of Labour Practices in their own company and throughout their supply chain, including sub-contractors.""""[...] Inform their sub-contractors about the Code of Labour Practices and develop a coherent programme to systematically monitor workplace conditions in their supply chain.""""To that end, the company agrees to adjust its management system, allowing it to effectively implement FWF labour standards along its supply chain. The company agrees to put sufficient and effective efforts into ensuring that this code is followed by its contractors, sub-contractors, manufacturers, and licensees."""

          Referenzdokumente:

          pages 4, 11 and 13 of the Charter

        • Does the standard include criteria on the establishment of labour contracts compliant with national legal requirements?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Obligations to employees under labour or social security laws and regulations arising from the regular employment relationship shall not be avoided through the use of labour-only contracting arrangements, or through apprenticeship schemes where there is no real intent to impart skills or provide regular employment."

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 15 of the Charter

      • Labour Rights Management
        100/100
        • Does the standard include requirements on setting up policies or procedures to manage basic labour rights in the workplace?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          „Affiliates and ambassadors of FWF are required to adjust their management systems in order to allow effective implementation of the Code of Labour practices. In broad terms, this entails that: [...] A coherent monitoring programme and improvement of labour conditions in factories shall be effective and documented (for example, in the form of monitoring reports and corrective action plans).“

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 9 of the Charter

    • Answer:
      Score: 0/100
      Possible answers
    • Answer:
      Score: 0/100
      Possible answers
    • Health and Safety
      92/100
      • Workers Health
        85/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on occupational health and safety, as defined in ILO 155?
          Answer: full compliance with ILO 155
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • partial compliance with ILO 155 (70 points)
          • full compliance with ILO 155 (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          "FWF has adopted the following set of labour standards: [...] safe and healthy working conditions (ILO Convention 155)"

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 4 of the Charter

        • Does the standard include requirements on workplace conditions?
          Answer: yes, some
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 50/100
          Possible answers
          • yes, some (50 points)
          • yes, all (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          """Below you find a list of Occupational health and safety requirements that must be checked.[...] There is sufficient light. [...] Noise levels do not exceed legal limits [...] Wherever possible the factory provides sitting working positions and chairs with appropriate ergonomic characteristics [...] The working space per worker is sufficient."""

          Referenzdokumente:

          pages 94, 96, 97 and 98 of the Audit Manual

        • Does the standard require policies and procedures to manage health and safety in the workplace?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
      • Access to Medical Services
        80/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the access to basic medical services for workers?
          Answer: work-related accidents plus preventative care
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • only treatment of acute work-related accidents / illness (70 points)
          • work-related accidents plus preventative care (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          """Below you find a list of Occupational health and safety requirements that must be checked.[...] Does the factory have an infirmary or ready access to medical facilities?[...] The factory has a procedure for dealing with serious injuries that require medical treatment outside the factory.[...] Are employees given a medical check thereafter, and how often?[...]"""

          Referenzdokumente:

          pages 94 and 95 of the Audit Manual

        • Does the standard require compensation payments/ covering of costs in case of work related accidents and injuries?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • partial coverage of costs (50 points)
          • full coverage of costs (90 points)
          • compensation (100 points)
      • Sanitation
        100/100
        • Does the standard require that workers have access to safe drinking water?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          """Below you find a list of Occupational health and safety requirements that must be checked.[...] Fresh drinking water is available. Check the source of water."""

          Referenzdokumente:

          pages 94 and 98 of the Audit Manual

        • Does the standard require access to clean and improved sanitation facilities?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          """Below you find a list of Occupational health and safety requirements that must be checked.[...] Clean, sufficient and hygienic toilets and washbasins are available for men and women separately."""

          Referenzdokumente:

          pages 94 and 97 of the Audit Manual

      • Building and Fire Safety
        100/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on building safety?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          """Below you find a list of Occupational health and safety requirements that must be checked. [...] construction permits must be checked. Having these licenses does not guarantee that the building is safe [...].[...] auditors should pay attention to any signals of construction failures [...]. In areas prone to flooding, earthquakes or typhoons buildings may run the risk of collapse due to design and construction. If auditors are in doubt whether these facilities were properly built, with legal authorization, and if workers are at risk in their workplaces, they should add a requirement in the audit report calling for an additional audit on safety of the building by fire and/or construction experts."""

          Referenzdokumente:

          pages 94 ans 100 of the Audit Manual

        • Does the standard cover fire-preparedness?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          """Below you find a list of Occupational health and safety requirements that must be checked.[...] Fire extinguishers are appropriate [...]. Fire alarms and emergency exit lights are mounted in appropriate places are working. [...] Does/Do all health & safety training and fire/emergency safety drills take place during working hours? [...]"""

          Referenzdokumente:

          pages 94 and 96 of the Audit Manual

        • Does the standard include criteria on evacuation safety?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          """Below you find a list of Occupational health and safety requirements that must be checked. [...] Emergency exists can be opened from the inside at all times. [...] Evacuation drills are conducted. [...]"""

          Referenzdokumente:

          pages 94 and 96 of the Audit Manual

      • Prohibition of Harassment and Abuse (manufacturing stage)
        100/100
        • Does the standard prohibit harassment or abuse of workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment and verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation must be prohibited."

          Referenzdokumente:

          Section 3.10. of GOTS Version 4.0

  • Business Practice and Ethical Issues
    Legality and ethics in business practice
    61/100
    • Economic Development and Fair Business Practice
      76/100
      • Economic Sustainability
        40/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the provision of professional training for workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Younger workers shall be given the opportunity to participate in education and training programmes."

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 15 of the Charter

        • Does the standard include criteria on business viability?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

        • Does the standard include criteria on management plans for continuous improvement?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Referenzdokumente:

        • Does the standard include criteria on improving productivity?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

      • Legality
        100/100
        • Does the standard include a requirement for compliance with relevant local, regional and national laws and regulations?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Labour conditions shall at least comply with [...] local laws and regulations. Where there are differences or conflicts [...] the higher standard shall prevail."

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 4 of the Charter

        • Does the standard include criteria on business legality?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Proof of registration or factory licenses for operation, employment, etc.

          Referenzdokumente:

          Audit Manual, p. 28, procedure for documents inspection

      • Responsible Sourcing Practices
        70/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on price premiums?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Referenzdokumente:

        • Does the standard's rights and benefits for workers also apply to input suppliers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          """FWF guarantees to the public that a company makes sufficient effort and achieves sufficient results in the implementation of the Code of Labour Practices throughout its supply chain.""""To that end, the company agrees to adjust its management system, allowing it to effectively implement FWF labour standards along its supply chain. The company agrees to put sufficient and effective efforts into ensuring that this code is followed by its contractors, sub-contractors, manufacturers, and licensees."""

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 11 of the Charter

        • Does the standard include criteria on reducing time pressure for suppliers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "The management system requirements that shall be met are: [...] Delivery times and the pricing policy do not lead to excessive overtime and contribute to a systematic approach towards a living wage for workers"

          Referenzdokumente:

          page 9 section 1.3. of the Charter

    • Corruption and Bribery
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on the prevention of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        FWF engages with stakeholders in production countries that are professional, independent and not corrupt.

        Referenzdokumente:

        Page 5

      • Does the standard include criteria on conducting a due diligence assessment of business partners, including subsidiaries and contractors?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on training workers in positions of responsibility workers on issues of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
  • Social & Cultural Rights and Community Engagement
    Basic economic, social and cultural rights
    0/100
    • Social and Cultural Rights
      0/100
      • Local Economic Development
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria relating to a preference to purchase local materials, goods, products and services?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Effective regulations shall be implemented to prevent accidents and minimise health risks as much as possible (following ILO Convention 155).(ILO 155, Article 16.1: Employers shall be required to ensure that, so far as is reasonably practicable, the workplaces, machinery, equipment and processes under their control are safe and without risk to health.)

          Referenzdokumente:

          webpage

        • Does the standard include criteria relating to hiring workers from local communities?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

        • Does the standard include criteria on investment in community development beyond the business' operations?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

        • Does the standard include criteria on not adversely affecting local communities and neigboring small producers access to livelihoods (especially land and water)?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
      • Community Rights
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on dispute resolution mechanisms for affected communities?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • grievance mechanism (75 points)
          • +compensation mechanism (100 points)
        • Does the standard include criteria on the protection of local historical, archaeological, cultural, and spiritual properties and sites?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • protect (75 points)
          • do not impede access (100 points)

Which lifecycle phases are covered by the standard?

Raw materials extraction and production

Cultivation of natural fibers (e.g. cotton) and production of synthetic fibers (e.g. polyester)

Manufacturing

The production and further processing of yarns and fabrics into a finished garment involves many sub-steps (e.g. spinning, weaving and knitting, sewing, tailoring and finishing)

Transportation / distribution

The transport route from one production stage to the next as well as to the end consumer

Products use and consumption

Usage through the owner

End-of-life

Proper disposal of textiles or return of materials to the cycle (recycling)