OLYMP joins multi-stakeholder organisation Fair Wear Foundation

15.02.2021 OLYMP joins multi-stakeholder organisation Fair Wear Foundation

Another big step towards even more transparency in the international supply chain


OLYMP Bezner KG from Bietigheim-Bissingen (district of Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany) is a new member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). Partnering with this organisation will enable the fashion house to strengthen its long-term commitment to improving working conditions and creating greater transparency in the textile supply chain. Therefore, from now on OLYMP will also disclose all of its global manufacturing partners on its website.

 When OLYMP joined the FWF in January 2021, it became one of around 140 other member clothing brands committed to achieving fair working conditions in the textile industry. As an independent and non-profit multi-stakeholder initiative, the FWF requires its members to rigorously implement recognised social standards, such as a living wage, safe and healthy working conditions and respect for freedom of association. In its annual “Brand Performance Check”, the initiative reviews and publishes to what extent the participating companies are including and implementing the Fair Wear labour standards in their management and purchasing practices. OLYMP will also be subject to this check in the future, thereby creating transparency and obligation for the company when dealing with challenges in the clothing sector.

 

Johann Trischberger, Technical Director Production, Sourcing and Corporate Responsibility at OLYMP, says: “In the Fair Wear Foundation, we have a partner who will support us in our aim of always taking a closer look and not turning a blind eye even to possible challenges. By joining, we have made a conscious decision to base our future conduct on the high standards of this recognised multi-stakeholder initiative. This is how we make a binding and transparent commitment. In addition, from now on all our production plants worldwide will be available for inspection on our website OLYMP.COM.”

 

To extend its transparency efforts beyond membership of the FWF, OLYMP is making key information about its global manufacturing partners publicly available right away. The company is guided by the criteria of the Transparency Pledge, which advocates uniform transparency standards in the textile sector. In future, all enterprises will be listed on OLYMP’s website with their name, address, coordinates and number of employees. By taking this step, the clothing specialist once again demonstrates to its stakeholders its strong sense of responsibility in the context of global sourcing.

 

The latest measures are part of OLYMP's integrated sustainability programme, which is based on three strong pillars and focuses on the entire business. Starting from the increasing use of sustainable raw materials and the targeted implementation of far-reaching social and environmental standards along the supply chain to the climate-neutral headquarters in Bietigheim-Bissingen. To this end, OLYMP employs a team of five and also relies on long-standing, trusting and direct relations with its carefully selected partners.

 

The OLYMP Bezner KG, based in Bietigheim-Bissingen near Stuttgart, is the market leader in Germany for men’s shirts. In addition, its high-quality clothing range, which includes business and casual shirts, knitwear such as jumpers, polos, sweatshirts and T-shirts, as well as accessories, is sold in more than 40 countries worldwide.

 

Contact: Marc Fritz, Phone +49 7142 592 170, Fax +49 7142 592 8170, marc.fritz@olymp.com, www.olymp.com