BESTSELLER works with numerous stakeholders to manage and collaborate together on managing our human rights, environmental and chemical risks in this part of BESTSELLER's supply chain. Find the overview below.
Mother Child Education Foundation based in Turkey. We partner with ACEV to develop and run a women empowerment programme for key suppliers in Turkey.
As a member of Action Collaboration Transformation (ACT) – an agreement between 21 major global brands and IndustriALL Global Union - we support the development of an industry that prioritises decent work, based on freedom of association, collective bargaining and living wages.
BESTSELLER is a member of the AFIRM group whose mission is to reduce the use and impact of harmful substances in the apparel and footwear supply chain.
Alliance for Water Stewardship –
We became a member of the AWS in 2019 and is working with suppliers in water-stressed regions to apply AWS’ standard framework for major water-users to achieve sustainable water management within a river catchment area.
BSR’s HERproject™ is a collaborative initiative that strives to empower low-income women working in global supply chains. We have worked together for over a decade to develop and implement women empowerment initiatives at our suppliers’ factories.
BESTSELLER is a member of Swedish non-profit ChemSec's PFAS Movement, which advocates for reducing the use of PFAS in the apparel manufacturing industry.
Engineering Resources International (ERI) –
ERI is a sustainability engineering company and our implementation partner for the FWD>ENV programme in Bangladesh.
Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) –
ETI is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promote respect for workers’ rights around the globe.
EuroCham Myanmar –
In 2020 BESTSELLER joined the European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar and have been working with other brands in the Garment Advocacy Group to support the sustainable development of the garment sector.
The BHive is an app developed by GoBlu, which brings a new level of transparency to chemical inventory management processes, helping suppliers share their inventories and us monitor chemical usage in our products.
Higg FEM –
The Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) is an industry-wide tool developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). It is designed for the apparel and footwear industry to measure performance across seven impact areas, environmental management systems, water use, wastewater, chemical use, waste management, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
International Accord –
BESTSELLER is a signatory to the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry.
Institute of Public Affairs (IPE) –
In China, BESTSELLER cooperates with the Institute of Public Affairs (IPE), a non-profit environmental research organisation based in Beijing that monitors many aspects of environmental supply chain management and records suppliers’ performance on a public database.
RMG Sustainability Council (RSC) –
BESTSELLER continues the Accord's occupational health and safety program in Bangladesh through the RMG Sustainability Council (“RSC”). From 1 June 2020 onwards, the Accord signatories’ obligations with respect to inspections, remediation and workplace programs at their supplier factories have been implemented through the RSC.
The Life and Building Safety Initiative aims to improve worker safety in the apparel and footwear industry by effectively identifying and remediating the most pressing risks related to fire, electrical, and structural building safety and evacuation.
Leather Working Group –
Leather Working Group is a member-led not-for-profit organisation made up of stakeholders from across the leather value chain, driving improvement across the global leather supply chain. https://www.leatherworkinggroup.com/
BESTSELLER joined SMART TAG – an EU co-funded programme in Myanmar – as an inaugural member in 2019. We have contributed financially and nominated suppliers for SMART TAG training. These suppliers attend workshop programmes and onsite training sessions related to the management of sustainability and social and labour compliance, health and safety, workplace dialogue, chemical risk management, child labour prevention etc.
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition has a social and labour rights assessment tool, the Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (Higg FSLM), which is informed by the Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP). BESTSELLER wishes to support suppliers that use SLCP and FSLM tools by accepting SLCP and FSLM verified data as part of our factory assessment processes. However, we do not require suppliers to adopt SLCP if they do not wish to do so. This is a decision that lies 100 percent with the supplier.
BESTSELLER has been working with Quizrr since 2019. The company's focus is on educating workers and middle management at our suppliers' factories on employee rights, employer responsibilities, and health and safety.
Through our policies, we seek to uphold the principles of good governance and social and environmental sustainability and convey such corporate ethical culture to all our stakeholders, promoting respect for fundamental Human and Labour Rights across our supply chain partners.
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We are responsible for managing and mitigating risks in our supply chain. We develop and enforce standards of conduct to ensure our suppliers and their factories operate in accordance with safety and international welfare standards.
We manage and maintain the Factory Standards Programme, our primary tool for holding suppliers and factories accountable to our social and labour and environmental and chemical requirements.
Click here to learn more about our general supply chain management - how we identify and monitor human rights risk, environmental risks, our social impact initiatives and much more.
Our Social & Labour Requirements are designed to address the identified salient risks among our tier 0, 1 and 2 supply chain production units. Our assessment therefore covers over 150 indicators of risk during on-site visits.
Data from each factory assessment is fed into our internal information systems, as the basis for our Social & Labour Factory Rating and our Social & Labour Supplier Rating, which is provided to other business functions, including buying teams, to help brands make informed purchasing practices.
We’re committed to promoting dignity, equality, and safe working conditions for all people across our value chain.
As part of that commitment to generating positive impact we engage in industry initiatives, and we also enroll suppliers in a range of workplace programmes. These programmes target industry-specific challenges, such as women empowerment, workers' rights and workplace health and safety.
We identify and monitor environmental risks in our supply chain and use the insights from independent specialist consultants to upgrade our factory assessment methodology, policies, and environmental risk mitigation work going forward. And we measure performance through our Supplier Environment Rating and focus on environmental impact initiatives where they can make a difference.
Where a factory’s assessment reports show room for improvement, a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) is created, and our local colleagues visit the factories and provide them with guidance and training to make sure the necessary improvements are made and implemented according to the CAP.