For us the respect, meaning and execution of
CSR plays an integral part of who we are as a company
but also as people living on this planet.
All materials need to be sustainable for us to use them, both in the
process of making and in production. All sourcing of materials
is done by our main supplier in India with whom we have
established a trustworthy and prospherious relationsship.
We strive to visit whenever we have the chance, but
approximately twice a year, to secure the right
quality in all processes.
When our main supplier receive the fabric the process of underwear begins.
All processes involved in the making of Underprotection are supervised and controlled.
Fashion Forte is our main supplier situated in New Delhi.
Here child labour is strictly forbidden, all workers get a
respectable salary, vacations are according to Indian standards,
good and safe working conditions which is controlled by Fair Wear Foundation.
Most importantly is that the owner is a young and visionary indian woman
for whom the right way of doing things is by doing them
better than yesterday.
All shipping is by air and we strive to pack our two annually
collections in one or two deliveries each, to secure
a minimum of waste and CO2 emission.
Fair Wear Foundation
In 2013 we obtained the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) Young designer license.
FWF is an independent, non-profit organisation that works with companies and factories
to improve labour conditions for garment workers.
FWF’s 80 member companies represent over 120 brands,
and are based in seven European countries; member products
are sold in over 20,000 retail outlets in more than 80 countries
around the world. FWF is active in 15 production countries
in Asia, Europe and Africa.
FWF keeps track of the improvements made by the companies it
works with. And through sharing expertise, social dialogue and strengthening industrial
relations, FWF increases the effectiveness of the efforts made by companies.
The basis of the collaboration between FWF and Underprotection
is the Code of Labour Practices. The core of this code is made up
from eight labour standards derived from ILO Conventions and
the UN’s Declaration on Human Rights. This means the FWF
Code of Labour Practices is based on internationally
recognised standards which have been set
through tripartite negotiation:
1. Employment is freely chosen
2. There is no discrimination in employment
3. No exploitation of child labour
4. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
5. Payment of living wage
6. No excessive working hours
7. Safe and healthy working conditions
8. Legally-binding employment relationship