“We feel strongly about Corporate Social Responsibility. Our company and our production sites are affiliated with the Fair Wear Foundation, an organization that is dedicated to good working conditions. We find it naturally: respect for people and the environment and concern for the future” – Shirley Rijnsdorp-Schijvens Owner.
Sustainability is into Schijvens’ DNA. It is very important to us that our clothing is made under good working conditions and in the most environmentally friendly way possible. In addition to the IRBC Sustainable Garments and Textiles Covenant, we are also affiliated with organizations that help us monitor our production locations, such as the Fair Wear Foundation and the Bangladesh Accord. All our production locations have been audited by an independent party, after which we work together with the factory on a better working environment. We see them as partners and value our long-term relationships.
Liveable Wages, WECH (water chemicals and energy) and sustainable raw materials (preferably through recycling) are our main concerns. For example, in 2017 we developed our Living Wage tool and since then the employees in our factory in Turkey have been awarded a Living Wage. This project has been rewarded by the Fair Wear Foundation Best Practice Award. The tool was then also rolled out to MYM, our main factory in Pakistan. Next year, Schijvens will take living wages with our supplier Nantong in China.
We are also making great strides in the environmental field. In 2018, more than 20% of our productions were already circular. In 2019 we grew to almost 80% use of sustainable raw materials and more than 65% of all our productions were circular. We are continuing this ambition this year to more than 90% sustainable, to reach 100% in 2022. In addition, hundreds of thousands of old items of clothing have been collected from our customers, to make yarn again. We strive to be completely circular, which is a must when you consider that our industry is the third most polluting industry.
In addition, this year we have started a WECH program, which will help us and our dyers to improve water, chemical and energy consumption.
In addition to these 3 priorities, we will always intervene when it appears that matters are found in audits that require immediate attention.
Mission and vision
For years Schijvens has been well aware that continuing on the traditional path of production is no longer sustainable in the long term and this awareness is reflected in its mission and vision. Schijvens strives for an economy in which today’s goods form the basis for tomorrow’s products; a circular economy.
Schijvens’ mission is to produce sustainable, post-consumer corporate clothing (with worn garments as input) that is worn with pride and pleasure by the employees. That the personnel of the company promote the formula and so a stylish business card is issued, as an added advantage.
Schijvens’ vision is that by 2022, Schijvens is completely producing circular.