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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, they noticed that there was a lot of room for improvement with respect to discrimination, overtime and salary. However, they were faced by 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, they noticed that children were looking for valuable waste in the granite waste. 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. Since child labour is a difficult theme to talk about, an effective result benefits strongly from caution. In the meantime, the business has started the Arte Right To Education project in India. With this project, Arte wants to bring children to school in the villages where quarry workers live with their families. 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, they noticed that there was a lot of room for improving quality. That is why they began a cooperation with Soil&More. The objective of Soil&More is to preserve and to repair fertile soils all over the world. The soil is one of the most important sources that the earth offers us, but is often ignored. One of Eosta’s projects is the improvement of biological avocado cultivation in Kenya. The farmers are taught how they can make good compost themselves. Besides, training has been given on how to improve cutting and picking. In this way, the income of 70.000 has been decoupled in just 5 years. This 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 resulted in sugar cane cups. These are coffee cups for which no trees need to be cut. The coffee cups are made from residual waste that comes from the extraction of cane sugar. This 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. This concept is named Stack-it. The ‘Stack-it-cups’ can also be stapled easily, which saves space in the garbage bin and in the transport. The used cups are collected after that they have been used and are then processed to biogas and compost. This closes the cycle.
Issue: animal welfare
TravelMood is an opponent to hunting animals in Africa and does therefore not cooperate on travels in which hunting is part of the travel. They are also very conservative with non-natural activities with animals. So-called ‘cuddle farms’, where tourists can cuddle and walk with wild animals, are thus not visited. For every booking, TravelMood donates €10 to ‘Stichting Spots’ (a foundation) and asks for an additional voluntary contribution of €10. This foundation aims at protecting wild felines. With the donations, the life of felines can be made more pleasant.
Issue: wage & remuneration
Since 2010, Schijvens is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). The FWF monitors social conditions at production sites and works in accordance with ILO-norms. Points of improvement result from this. 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. It is not evident if Schijvens pays a living wage in the other factories (apart from Turkey), because there are also other parties who place orders here. However, they are currently researching this by retrieving relevant data. Until now, 25% of the production is guaranteed with the living wage. In 2018, this will rise to 50%.
Page last updated: August 2018