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February 15, 2019

Odlo praised for efforts to improve working conditions

By Beth Wright

Functional sportswear firm Odlo has been awarded ‘leader’ status for the fourth consecutive year in recognition of its efforts to continuously improve working conditions in its supply chain.

The accolade comes after the latest Brand Check Performance of the Fair Wear Foundation, an independent, non-profit organisation that works to improve workplace conditions in garment factories around the world.

After the annual, third-party monitoring, the Fair Wear Foundation awarded leader status to selected members who have made “exceptional commitments to improving working conditions among suppliers and are actively seeking solutions in complex areas”. The Fair Wear Foundation explains that this status is a result of strong monitoring and due diligence systems.

Odlo owns two production locations in Romania and Portugal, where 50% of its products are manufactured. This, as well as high leverage with most suppliers, allows effective work on implementing the Fair Wear Foundation’s Code of Labour Practices, it says.

“We are delighted to see our continuous efforts to improve working conditions in our global supply chains acknowledged and are proud to be setting an example in this respect. Sustainability is a continued journey that requires a consolidated effort. Together with our employees, suppliers, and partners, we will continue to increase the impact of the changes we make. The Fair Wear Foundation membership helps us to improve our processes and the labour conditions thanks to continuous interaction and teamwork with the foundation itself and other member brands of our industry,” says Odlo’s CEO, Knut Are Høgberg. 

Last year Odlo, one of the first Swiss members, celebrated its ten-year anniversary as a member of the Fair Wear Foundation.

As well as requiring strict working practice guidelines, specifications for their monitoring, and improvements in global supply chains, Fair Wear Foundation membership also includes a comprehensive annual audit of all members. The results are compiled in the Brand Performance Check and are then published. Experts use predefined indicators to check whether companies comply with the Fair Wear Foundation’s requirements, and to what extent their decisions and processes are contributing to improving working conditions with suppliers. 

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