Fair wages, reasonable working hours and safe working conditions. KappAhl’s social compliance manager Magnus Mattsson and his team work to ensure that working conditions are good for workers in our suppliers’ factories.
The textile industries of Bangladesh, India, China and Turkey – KappAhl’s main countries of production – are much debated and face challenges when it comes to things like safety and working conditions, for example.
For this reason, it’s important to ensure that our suppliers follow our code of conduct in these issues, which is where social compliance, Magnus Mattsson and his team all come into the picture.
Trying to improve
“We do inspections, identify problems and monitor and support improvement measures in our suppliers’ factories. We ensure that people are working in line with our Requirements,” explains Mattsson, whose role is based in Hong Kong.
When you inspect the factories, what specific issues are you looking at?
“Working hours, wages and time off. And questions of safety such as fire protection and how chemicals are handled.”
KappAhl’s social compliance team consists of some ten people. It is a close-knit team, and professionalism is their alpha and omega. Their objective is clear: KappAhl will not do business with factories that conduct themselves poorly – regardless of the quality of their work, speed of their deliveries or prices they offer.
“KappAhl’s products must be produced in a good, fair way for everyone involved,” says Mattsson.
The relationship with suppliers and factories is one based on collaboration.
“We aren’t some sort of policemen; we don’t go to the factories to control them.”
What is the most common question you get about your job?
“If there is child labour in the factories. That tends to be quite rare nowadays.”
Is the textile industry a decent one?
“Things are moving forward. Sometimes with three steps forward and one step back, but things are getting better all the time. Our suppliers and factory owners are more aware, their checks are better and they understand that good working conditions benefit everyone concerned.
Want to know more? Read about our Code of conduct.