Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy
Clothing is a basic necessity for all of us. Fashion has developed into a fast-moving industry which operates on a global scale. To operate successfully and sustainably in this industry, Yongo Europe has formulated a policy on Corporate Social Responsibility.
Our customers expect us to live up to our social and environmental responsibilities. Ever since its establishment in 1973, Yongo Europe has wanted to work in compliance with national and international applicable laws and regulations. Simply because we believe it makes for good business in the long run if we take care of our planet and its people and stick by the rules.
To ensure legal compliance, we have set a range of social criteria based on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). In simple terms, these set basic rules about living wages and working conditions. Furthermore, we have set environmental requirements based on legislation and common standards. We ask our suppliers to support us in our CSR program and to work according the standards set.
Yongo Europe supports the guidelines of the Conventions of the ILO and expect our suppliers to act in accordance with these conventions. These conventions, in line with the relevant UN Declarations, are the basis for the Code of Conduct.
The Code of Conduct
As a member of Amfori/BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative), Yongo Europe maintains its Code of Conduct (version BSCI 2.0) in order to attain compliance with certain standards. The BSCI Code of Conduct will be disseminated both internally and in the supply chains to inform employees and producers about our dedication to social compliance and the BSCI development approach. This step ensures that all parties in the company and its supply chain are informed about their responsibility in the process. In doing so Yongo Europe expresses their wish to do business with producers who take social responsibility seriously. Supplier companies, in addition, must ensure that the Code of Conduct should also be applied by subcontractors involved in production processes of final manufacturing stages. Within the scope of options for action and appropriate measures, supplier companies have to aim at the implementation of key criteria in a development approach.
Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile
In order to bring due dilligence into practice while realizing that CSR is not a paper tiger, Yongo Europe, in april 2016, decided to become signatory of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile, an agreement where a broad coalition of industry organisations, trade unions, civil-society organisations and the Dutch government combine forces in an effort to achieve practical improvements in and ensure the sustainability of the international garment and textile supply chain. Over a five-year period extensive goals has been set based on a structure that identifies risks in our production locations and will improve working conditions, human rights and environmental circumstances. An independent complaints and disputes committee can be addressed if issues are identified in the production locations of participating enterprises. More information can be found here.
Yongo Europe publishes their progress report to transparently show the sustainablity results.