Taking responsibility – For fair working conditions, against exploitation
We want the people who make our fashion to be protected. Of course, there are laws, but they must also be respected. That’s why we keep a careful eye on and regularly visit our local suppliers to see for ourselves that every possible thing is being done in terms of health and safety. In June 2012, we even created a sustainability department for this purpose. Because we are convinced that excellent quality is only achieved if the working conditions are excellent as well.
Therefore, we are also a member of various organisations. For example, amfori, the leading trade association for European and international trade committed to sustainable supply chains (formerly the FTA Foreign Trade Association). Since 01-01-2013 we’ve made use of the amfori BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) service, which is the world’s largest social standards initiative. amfori now has more than 2,300 member companies, including several brands sold by PETER HAHN. Find out more about the business association and its activities here: www.amfori.org
As part of our amfori BSCI social standards activities, independent testing institutes regularly audit our suppliers. Their reports make up the basis for the continuous improvement of processes in the factories. In addition, we offer a comprehensive training programme, delivered by amfori BSCI, with on-site and online training, as well as PETER HAHN supplier days in the procurement markets.
Also, an anonymous Grievance Mechanism is part of the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct. As a result, all parties involved such as e.g. factory employees around the world can use this system if they are being negatively affected by certain business activities. More about this topic can be found here: https://www.amfori.org/content/amfori-external-grievance-mechanism
By the way, we are particularly proud to be honoured for our commitment to social standards at the 2017 “Member of the Year Award” by former FTA, now amfori.
Our cooperation with hessnatur foundation
Our commitment to the high priority of sustainablity is illustrated by the following: we have brought professional support from the first-class sustainability expert Rolf Heimann into the company. He has almost 30-years as a pioneer in the field of textile ecology. Rolf Heimann has developed, amongst other things, environmentally friendly and biodegradable dyeing systems and coatings for textiles. He has also led a consulting company for the optimisation of textiles ecology. Today, Rolf Heimann is chairman of the renowned hessnatur foundation.
PETER HAHN has been a member of the Business Social Compliance Initiative since 2013. In addition to this commitment we have been participating in a Public Private Partnership project (PPP) from May 2016 to May 2018. The PPP project was co-financed by the German based Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH – from public funds from the develoPPP.de programme of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Our sustainability strategy was optimised due to our membership in this project. This strategy was also implemented in the buying markets where our suppliers commited to sustainability goals and received individual capacity building measures.
This means that we were supporting three selected suppliers in Southern China over the last two years through individual and comprehensive training programmes. This project covered the use of chemicals plus social and environmental standards. It applied to both management and employees of the suppliers. The qualification programme was conducted in cooperation with our local partner Consulting Service International. After a kick-off meeting the factory’s first recordings of working conditions and environmental protection took place. In the last two years our Buying Agency, TriStyle Sourcing, and our suppliers took great benefit from the experience and gained knowledge. In the medium and long term all other suppliers will benefit too.
Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as forced and compulsory labour. We understand that modern slavery is a global issue that may affect our supply chain. For us at PETER HAHN, taking responsibility means compliance with social standards and fair treatment of partners and suppliers.
Transparent Supply Chain
In this section, we give you a sneak peak behind the scenes of our supply chain.
In this section, we inform you about our activities in regards to environmental protection.
Materials & product seals
In this section, we inform you about our sustainable collection.