In this section you can find some examples of 'good practices' in international CSR. These companies have made significant efforts to reduce or prevent one or more CSR risks in their supply chains. Get inspired! If you know a company that should be in this list, please let us know by using the contact form.
Issues: labour conditions, wages & remuneration, discrimination & gender
Star Sock produces socks in a sustainable way. They are produced in Portugal, Turkey and China. Especially in China, the company noticed that there was a lot of room for improvement with respect to discrimination, overtime and salary. However, it had to contend with local legislation and cultural differences. Positive differences with respect to discrimination, overtime and salary have been enabled by constant monitoring of the conditions by the owners of the factories. It is vital to invest in long-term relationships and it is important to know your chain. In short, as Star Sock’s buyer states: “Build a sustainable relationship, and do not just go for a difference of five cents.”
Issue: child labour
In 2010, Arte, a supplier of stone countertops, visited the partners in India where it bought its granite. Here the company saw children working in the quarries. By means of a multi-stakeholder initiative with granite suppliers and local NGOs, among others, it started working to tackle this form of child labour. As child labour is an issue that is difficult to discuss, it needs be handled with care. In the meantime, the company has started the 'Arte Right To Education' foundation in India. Through which Arte aims to bring children to school in the villages where quarry workers live with their families. The foundation has five permanent employees who visit the schools every day to check whether all the children have shown up. If they are not there, the employees visit the parents to talk to them and find out the cause. In this way they create a 'Child Labour Free Zone'.
Issue: soil- & (ground)water contamination
As a result of the growing demand for avocados, Eosta was looking for a new ‘avocado country’. It chose Kenya. Here, the company found that there was a lot of scope to improve the quality. That is why it entered into a partnership with Soil&More. The objective of Soil&More is to preserve and repair fertile soils all over the world. After all, the soil is one of the most important sources that the earth provides, but it is often ignored. In the project in Kenya, the avocado farmers learnt how to make good compost themselves. In addition, they received training on how to improve cutting and picking. As a result, the income has increased tenfold in just five years. The project has also cut pollution.
Issue: environment & waste, biodiversity & deforestation
As a packaging wholesaler, Moonen Packaging was looking for a way to make its products more environmentally friendly in 2008. This led to the use of cane sugar cups, coffee cups for which no trees need to be cut down. The coffee cups are made from residual waste generated by the extraction of cane sugar, which takes place in the south of China. The sugar cane cups, open the way for an entirely circular coffee cup concept: Stack-it. The ‘Stack-it-cups’ can be stacked easily, saving space in the waste bin and during transport. The used cups are collected and then processed into biogas and compost. This completes the cycle.
Issue: animal welfare
TravelMood opposes animal hunting in Africa and therefore does not participate in hunting trips. It is also very reluctant to engage in unnatural activities with animals. So does not arrange visits to ‘cuddle farms’, where tourists can cuddle and walk with wild animals. For each booking, TravelMood donates €10 to Stichting Spots, a foundation dedicated to the protection of cattle. It also asks customers for a voluntary contribution of €10. These donations make the life of the felines a lot more pleasant.
Issue: wages & remuneration
Schijvens, a firm that designs and produces work clothing, has beeen member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) since 2010. The FWF monitors social conditions at production sites and works in accordance with ILO standards. Members work on areas for improvement. One such area was that Schijvens did not know whether its factories were paying a living wage. When it opened a factory in Turkey in 2016, it immediately started a project to determine and implement a living wage. Since there are numerous different living wages in Turkey, surveys uncovered which living wage was applicable to the workers. As a result, their wages increased to the level they needed to live. More experienced workers received higher pay.
Page last updated: October 2019