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HAGLÖFS AWARDED FOR SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT
Haglöfs, together with five other brands, win the Fair Wear Foundation Inspiration Award 2018 for ensuring that garment factory worker’s rights are heard and acted on. In a short period of time, the working conditions in a factory the brands commonly source from have improvedsignificantly – resulting in a reduction of overtime, initiation of a workers committee, and improved understanding from the management of the importance of dialogue with their workers.
Haglöfs and Outdoor and Sports Company (OSC), both members of Fair Wear Foundation, have in 2018 worked together with four other non FWF-brands to solve a common challenge in a specific garment factory they source from. In a short period of time, the collaborating brands have managed to shift the mindset at the factory management, resulting in, among others, new CSR staff being assigned, improved communication between the management and its workers, improvement of internal grievance mechanisms, implementation of attendance machines to properly register working hours, new payroll sheets that all workers can read, banned monetary reductions and a significant reduction of overtime – actions that drastically have improved the working conditions in the factory.
“During these few months, we have experienced good results surprisingly quickly due to the effective collaboration between the six brands and the factory’s openness to change. The work is far from done, but these major first improvements of the working conditions are evidence that the method of using multiple audit systems through collaboration has worked very well” said Eva Mullins, Sustainability Manager at Haglöfs.
About Fair Wear Foundation:
Fair Wear Foundation works with clothing manufacturers and all other relevant parties to monitor and improve workplace conditions in several production countries across Asia, Europe and Africa. It does this by encouraging its 120 member brands to work together, sharing their expertise in order to make their factories better places for their employees. Fair Wear Foundation combats injustice, improves dangerous and otherwise poor working conditions, and monitors pay.
For more information, please contact:
Sara Skogsberg Cuadras
Corporate & CSR Communications
+46 8 584 40 014
In 1914, Wiktor Haglöf made the first stitch in a backpack that went on to inspire generations of people to get outside. From our Swedish heritage, with a commitment to sustainability and innovation, Haglöfs has continued to create progressive outdoor products at the highest level for hiking, mountaineering and freeriding. The Haglöfs brand is currently marketed to the Nordic region, Europe and Asia, and has been owned by ASICS Corporation since 2010. For more info, please visit www.haglofs.com.