As indicated, we have long-term partnerships with our production locations. We work together with around 10 partners spread across the countries of China, Pakistan, UAE, Bangladesh, Morocco, Turkey and Portugal. In addition to our own production location in Turkey, Schijvens considers every production location as a partner. This is not limited to garment manufacturers, but extends throughout the entire chain from raw material to end product. All our partners are included in the Fair Wear Foundation audit program, so that Schijvens has a good understanding of what is going on in the factories and where they can still help.
Since Schijvens’ 150th anniversary in 2013, an annual supplier meeting has been organized, in which all our partners come together. During this meeting everything is discussed openly, including all points for improvement that come up during audits, and issues that factories encounter. It is nice to see our suppliers try to help each other and look forward to this every year. A supplier of the year is also chosen here who receives a promotional bonus from Schijvens.