Star Sock strives to operate in the most sustainable way by implementing stepwise improvements of the social standards in our supply chain.
We are committed to produce our socks under fair labour conditions. We strive to implement our Code of Labour Practices in the factories we work with. We use the Fair Wear Foundation Code of Labour Practices, based on ILO conventions and the UN’s Declaration on Human Rights.
Our production locations are based in China, Turkey and Portugal. In 2009 we opened our own Chinese office in the Zhuji area. This office enables us to further implement our social and quality standards in our production locations, by engaging our Chinese staff and making them part of our sustainable journey. The Chinese office helps us to establish long-term partnership with our suppliers. Long-term relations form a solid basis for the implementation of fair standards in the factories. Nevertheless, we choose to manufacture one-third of our total production in low-risk country Portugal. As Portugal is part of the European Union, there is already local compliance with basic labour conditions, due to the high standards and proper functioning of local (labour related) institutions.
As of November 2014 Star Sock is affiliated to verification initiative Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). FWF is an independent, non-profit organisation that works with companies and factories to improve labour conditions for garment workers in production countries. FWF’s local staff verifies the implementation of our Code of Labour Practices in the supply chain.
We monitor the conditions in the factories we work with and improve unfair practices in close cooperation with our suppliers. The factories we work with in China and Turkey all have to comply with the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) criteria. As a result, we have been working with the BSCI monitoring system for many years now; utilising this monitoring scheme as a basis for the monitoring and improvement activities that we carry out in our ‘high-risk’ production facilities.
As an independent and objective third party, FWF checks if these activities pay off. In other words, they check if we actually practise what we preach about providing fair conditions for the people making our socks.