Social responsibility and the environment
Participant of BSCI
Gustav Daiber GmbH, Albstadt, are expressly committed to their social and ecological responsibility for employees, customers and the environment, and even more than that: The company is a member of international associations, meets the strict criteria of certification institutes in order to improve the social conditions for their suppliers, manufacture economically friendly products and guarantee the best possible consumer protection for their customers´
Manufacturing in the Far East: In the course of global division of labour, Gustav Daiber GmbH have most of their products manufactured in the Far East (manufacturing bases). Meanwhile, China and Bangladesh have developed into the leading centres of textile industry worldwide.
At present the commitment of the textile industry in developing countries and emerging economies is being discussed critically. For quite a long time reports from there on wages under the minimum subsistence level, inhumane working conditions, child labour and discrimination of women attracted attention in the media.The judicial and technical follow-up of the collapse of a factory building in Bangladesh in 2013 or the fire in a production plant in Pakistan in 2012 is still going on three years later. However, much earlier, a few German companies, including Gustav Daiber GmbH, launched initiatives to improve the conditions open to criticism on the spot personal statement). Below you will find brief descriptions of the institutions Gustav Daiber GmbH is actively engaged in:
JCK Code of Conduct: Since 2001 Daiber has been a member of the group (JCK-holding), who back in 1999 worked out their own code of conduct (Social Compliance) for cooperating with suppliers. Within the framework of the JCK-code of conduct, mandatory requirements regarding social aspects and working conditions were stipulated with suppliers worldwide. A seven-member Social Compliance Department of the JCK-Holding in Shanghai and Dhaka tests all the factories thoroughly and makes sure that the rules are complied with. The focus is on child labour, forced labour, harassment, discrimination and abuse, remuneration and working hours, health and safety as well as disciplinary measures and freedom of assembly.
BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative): In 2003 the Foreign Trade Association (Association of German retailers interested in foreign trade) together with the Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) founded the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). Their aim is to support the member-companies, to improve the working conditions within the value chain worldwide with the help of a systematic surveillance and qualification system and to introduce environmental protection measures. Like many other highly renowned companies, Gustav Daiber GmbH is a member of BSCI.
REACH: The abbreviation REACH (Registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals) is a European chemicals regulation. It intends to protect mankind and the environment against harmful chemicals. According to this regulation, manufacturers, importers and downstream users have to register the materials used in their production for an examination by the authorities and they have to take the responsibility for using them. Finally, REACH also includes regulations regarding the disclosure of information within the supply chain and the consumers’ right to information.
Oeko-Tex-Standard: An independent testing and certification system with headquarters in Switzerland which to a globally uniform standard tests textiles in all stages of production on the basis of environmentally friendly criteria. Products carrying the Oeko-Tex label are proven to remain below the defined limits for harmful substances. The Oeko-Tex standard was developed in the early nineteen-nineties among others by Hohenstein-Institutes. Daiber-products meet this standard.
SGS: The worldwide leading institute for testing, verifying and certifying (since 1878, 85,000 employees, 1,800 sites/locations, head office Geneva) also tests and certifies Daiber-products.
TESTEX: TESTEX AG, Zurich, is an independent, global testing- and certification company focussing on textile testing (since 1846, 190 employees in 20 branch offices/subsidiaries). TESTEX also works for Daiber.
Personal statement of Daiber’s general manager Rolf Daiber on the social responsibility of his company
‘We stand by our social responsibility’
In constructive co-operation with our suppliers we intend to keep improving the working conditions and social standards for the people working in the production plants. However, we are aware that achieving complete compliance with our code of conduct is a lenghty process.
Since 1999 social and environmental aspects have been integrated in the company code of conduct. The establishment of and compliance with the code of conduct is always being supervised and checked by our compliance team. The qualifying measures include comprehensive advice/consulting, training and monitoring the management and staff of our suppliers. The implementation is monitored at regular intervals. Since the foundation of our compliance team in 2006 over 800 social audits have been carried out by our team in Bangladesh and more than 180 social audits have been held by independent auditing companies in order to check and improve the social standards of our suppliers.
The textile industry has a lot of experience in producing in emerging economies. It was the textile industry that placed the first orders in China more than thirty years ago. Surely, back then, the working conditions did not meet European standards. But thanks to the continuous commitment of the German and other textile industries, both the social and the intellectual level of the country developed within a very short time and today China is one of the leading industrialized countries in the world. I am very much aware of my social responsibility also for our manufacturing plants.
I consider it a special task of our textile industry, which paved the way for social and intellectual development in the past and will continue do so in the future, to have a positive impact on the working conditions and thus also on the standard of living. We are requested by the market to offer fashionable products at an attractive price. Personally, I consider this also an extremely precious task of imparting to the manufacturing countries more and more foreign currencies, knowledge and responsiblity for their population, just as my colleagues and I have succeeded in doing in China so far.
Managing director Gustav Daiber GmbH
Albstadt in january 2012