Many fashion businesses are basically trading companies – they design clothes, have a supplier produce them and then they sell them. Taking responsibility for production is thus more easily said than done. Each supplier has many customers. That’s why we think that cooperation is the best way of having an influence.
Over the years we have discovered that standing up for responsibility issues alone is not enough. Sometimes checks and the development of future responsibility are easier and more effective when managed with others. We believe in cooperation.
This is why Gina Tricot is a member of BSCI, Business Social Compliance Initiative. BSCI was formed in 2003 and is an organisation that works to improve working conditions in supplier countries. The organisation has over 900 member companies who have decided to comply with a common code of conduct.
“We have been in BSCI since 2008 and see it as a tool box for following up and training with our suppliers,” says Anna-Karin Wårfors, Head of CSR at Gina Tricot. “Membership gives us the knowledge to develop our demands along with the other 900 member companies. We are part of a system for controlling the conditions in each factory. We want our suppliers to develop and BSCI means that they are involved in the process in an effective and good manner. This is a cooperation – not just making demands.”