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 multiple CSR risks in their supply chains. Get inspired! Do you know a company that should be in this list? Please let us know by using the contact form.
Issues: labour conditions, wage & remuneration, discrimination & gender
Star Sock produces socks in a sustainable way. The socks 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, they were faced with local legislation and cultural differences. Positive differences with respect to discrimination, overtime, and salary have been enabled by constant monitoring of the circumstances by the owners of the factories. It is of great importance to invest in long-term relationships. It is important that you know your chain. In short, as Star Sock’s buyer states; “Build a sustainable relationship, and do not just go for a difference of 5 cents”.
Issue: child labour
In 2010, Arte, supplier of stone countertops, visited the partners in India where they bought their granite. Here the company saw children working at the quarries. By means of a multi-stakeholder initiative with inter alia granite suppliers and local NGO’s, they started working to tackle this form of child labour. As child labour is an issue that is difficult to discuss, it should be treated with caution. In the meantime, the company has started the 'Arte Right To Education' foundation in India. With this foundation, Arte wants to bring children to school in the villages where quarry workers live with their families. The foundation has five employees on a permanent basis 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’. This became Kenya. Here, the company noticed that there was a lot of room to improve the quality. That is why they have entered into a partnership with Soil&More. The objective of Soil&More is to preserve and to repair fertile soils all over the world. After all, the soil is one of the most important sources that the earth provides, but is often ignored. n the project in Kenya, the avocado farmers learned how to make good compost themselves. In addition, they received training on how to improve cutting and picking. As a result, the income of 20.000 has increased tenfold in just 5 years. The project has also led to less 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 that comes from the extraction of cane sugar. The extraction of cane sugar takes place in the south of China. With the sugar cane cups, a complete circular coffee cup concept has been set up: Stack-it. The ‘Stack-it-cups’ can be stapled easily, which saves space in the garbage bin and in the transport. The used cups are collected after use and then processed into biogas and compost. This completes the cycle.
Issue: animal welfare
TravelMood is an opponent of animal hunting in Africa and therefore does not participate in hunting trips. They are also very reluctant to engage in unnatural activities with animals. So-called ‘cuddle farms’, where tourists can cuddle and walk with wild animals, are thus not visited. For each booking, TravelMood donates €10 to Stichting Spots, a foundation dedicated to the protection of cattle. They also ask customers for a voluntary contribution of €10. With these donations, the life of the felines is made a lot more pleasant.
Issue: wage & remuneration
Schijvens, designer and producer of work clothing, is since 2010 a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). The FWF monitors social conditions at production sites and works in accordance with ILO-norms. Members work on areas for improvement. An important point of improvement was that Schijvens did not know if a living wage was paid in their factories. When they established a factory in Turkey in 2016, they immediately started a project to reveal and enable their living wage. Since there are numerous different living wages in Turkey, surveys have uncovered which living wage is applicable to the workers. As a result, their wages increased to the level they needed to live. More experienced workers were better rewarded.
Page last updated: October 2019