CSR & Values
Corporate Social Responsibility
We’re convinced that we can create clothing collections that enable our customers to express their personality and at the same time care about the planet. Weekday’s objective is that good working conditions and human rights should be respected at our suppliers. We see strength in collaborations with others and we seek solutions to drive us forward. Our values humanism and environment mean something to us.
Humanism is about being open and seeing people as equal value, with respect for human rights and an appreciation of diversity. An important part of our CSR work is to ensure decent working standards and conditions for the employees of our suppliers.
We strive for a broad environmental and ethical approach to business. We are aware of how chemicals are used in both growing and the production. We understand the burden this places on the environment and on farmers and workers. We apply the precautionary principle in our environmental work and have adopted a preventative approach with substitution of hazardous chemicals. It’s also important to our customers that our products are free of harmful chemicals. We don’t sell furs. We strive to use resources as efficiently as possible and to minimize the waste.
We have a CSR Manager who works exclusively with questions of working conditions and workplace environment. Care for the environment, chemicals and product safety are also part of this work. We partner with other organizations within CSR in order to share our experience and improve conditions and the environment. We take a methodical approach to improve our work with CSR. Contact CSR Manager by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have had a Code of Conduct since 2006 which requires suppliers to follow the law and to respect fundamental human rights, good working conditions and a good working environment. Good working conditions Weekday’s objective is that good working conditions and human rights should be respected at our suppliers. As part of our work to be a responsible company, we have adopted a model whereby suppliers get support and training and we check that they are living up to our values and requirements. All suppliers that make clothes for us must follow our Code of Conduct. This is based on the International Labour Organization’s conventions on working conditions and rights at work, as well as the United nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Our code of conduct includes:
- No child labour
- No forced, bonded or prison labour
- No discrimination
- No excessive working hours
- Payment of at least the minimum wage (a wage someone can live on)
- Safe and healthy working conditions
- A legally binding employment contract
- Freedom of association
- The code also includes limits and auditing of certain chemicals
With the help of our Code of Conduct and regular auditing, we make sure that our products are made under a regime of good working conditions. We follow an action plan for auditing our suppliers. We prioritise this work at sites where we see that the needs and the opportunities for improvement are greatest. We have offices established in the locations where manufacturing takes place to get closer to our suppliers. A team of auditors carries out inspections on site in the factories where our clothes are made. They are experienced and trained to audit the practical conditions. During their visits they use a checklist, interviews are carried out with the company management and employees, and the team inspects all the factory spaces. Documents are inspected, including salary lists, timesheets and employment contracts.
We also make unannounced visits. After the visit the team writes a report with proposals for measures to be taken and then there is follow-up to ensure improvements are made. The supplier is then given a deadline to develop a plan to address problems and set in place the actual solutions.
A supplier who cannot fulfil the basic requirements of our Code of Conduct must agree to carry out improvements in order to remain a supplier to Weekday. We also require suppliers to disclose any subcontractors that may be used in the production of Weekday products so that we always know where our clothes are being made.
We believe that this combination of information, training and inspection on-site at factories is a good way to address problems and thereby improve conditions. Information on the Code of Conduct has been distributed to our suppliers and we are working to improve awareness of the code in different ways.
We have also trained our office and shop staff in CSR. We are aware that it is difficult to take control of all parts of the production process through to finished item, so we set requirements that will lead to progress over time. We recognise that improvement can occur in a range of areas over time, for example, within the reporting and accounting of overtime, or within the worker’s environment or general welfare.
In order to meet today’s global challenges, there’s a need for partnerships between people, companies and organizations to find solutions to the problems in society and the environment.
We believe in engagement and partnership on a global and local level and we work with a range of stakeholders to create better conditions within the textile sector. It’s here we have the greatest opportunity to make improvements and to work for ethical and environmentally friendly production.
We continually encounter new challenges that place demands on us to act as a company. The textile industry uses a lot of water during coloring and washing. A challenge is to see that the production of clothes doesn’t worsen access to clean water for people living near the areas where clothes are made.
We are considering how we can participate, for example, in projects to reduce water consumption.
We also show our social engagement by supporting and partnering with other organizations. We also show our social engagement by supporting and partnering with other organizations:
- Weekday is a member of the Chemical Group, a local project group which exchanges current information on chemicals and environmentally related questions to the member companies. The group lends support and develops tools to make information on legal requirements and other activities within the chemical industry clear and accessible.
- Weekday is a member of STWI - Sweden Textile Water Initiative is a joint learning project, between 30 Swedish leading retail and wholesale companies and brands in the textile and leather sector and Stockholm International Water Institute.
A number of initiatives provide guidelines for companies that are taking a wider responsibility for their operations. Weekday fully supports a range of international standards and guidelines within environment and human rights, including the following:
The UN Declaration of Human Rights
"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights". So begins article 1 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights from 1948. In 2008, the declaration had its 50th anniversary. The United Nations adopted the declaration after the Second World War. It consists of 30 articles, a sense of which is given in the following examples.
- Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and
religion, and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and
- No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
- Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and everyone has the right to education Read more about the declaration here.
ILO’s Core Conventions
The UN organization, ILO (International Labour Organization), is charged with promoting good working conditions for all workers in the world. ILO’s core conventions from 1998 are:
- Freedom of association, freedom to organise and the recognition of
the right to collective bargaining.
- Elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour
- Effective abolition of child labour
- Elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. The declaration is binding for all ILO members. Even for countries that have not ratified subsidiary conventions. Read more about the conventions.
The UN Millennium Development Goal - halving poverty by 2015
To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, give children the right to education, increased gender equality, improved health and environment and stop the spread of HIV/aids, malaria and other sicknesses. These goals, together with sustainable development, are part of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, which the world’s leaders committed to in 2000 in order to halve poverty by 2015. Partnerships and co-operation between companies, organizations and other actors are important to support these goals in developing nations.
The goals show clearly how companies can act locally in order to take social and environ-mental responsibility, which promotes and strengthens both companies and regions. Read more about the goals here.
About the Swedish Chemicals Agency and REACH
The EU Chemicals Directive, REACH, entered into force on 1 June 2007. REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances within the EU and on import into the EU. The Swedish Chemicals Agency is responsible for chemical safety and it works for a chemical-free environment. Because chemical regulations are harmonized within the EU, a lot of the agency’s work takes place within a European framework. Read more about REACH.
Sweden Textile Water Initiative
The aim of the learning process is to raise consciousness on water issues in the supply chains and to find guidelines leading to sustainable water management in all the processes from thread and leather to the readymade product. Read more about STWT here.
All our clothes and products must live up to high standards of quality and safety. These are our guidelines at the design stage and throughout the production process. We work in a number of ways to ensure that customers can rely on our products’ quality and safety. We fulfill the relevant environmental laws and set a variety of requirements to see that products are free from toxins. We carry out preventative inspections at our suppliers to avoid the use of inappropriate materials.
Random inspections at suppliers and a variety of tests on our clothing products before the products reach the shop are a part of our production process. That includes everything from shrinkage tests, to tests of colourfastness and advanced chemical analyses. Weekday’s product policy means that we:
- Do not use PVC
- Do not use Mulesed Marino Wool
- Only use skins from stocks reared for meat production
- Do not use furs due to animal rearing concerns
In addition, we have strict chemicals requirements which mean that we do not use chemicals which could be harmful for the environment or health. The substances which must not be used, or which shall be limited, are included in a long list which is continuously updated according to current guidance or legal requirements, largely derived from the European Commission. Some examples are:
- Heavy metals, including cadmium, lead and mercury
- Formaldehyde, antibacterial substances, nonylphenol ethoxylates and some AZO-dyes
- Dyes that cause allergies
As consumers of clothing we all have choices that lead to better or worse environmental outcomes. We can reduce the burden on the environment by considering how often we wash clothes, and what happens when we grow tired of them. One way to be more environmentally friendly is to wash clothes only when necessary and to avoid dry cleaning where possible. Clothing can be swapped and re-used as well. Weekday also works with second hand clothing and we know that many of our customers love fashion and care about the environment.
Caring for the environment requires broad view of the issues. As well as keeping a careful eye on the products and the production chain, we’re gradually expanding our environmental goals to encompass the whole business. We choose freight methods that lead to the least carbon dioxide emissions. We dispatch clothes by ship, and when we travel on business we choose an environmental option rather than flying when we can. Other issues we prioritise include finding ways to use natural resources more effectively, increase recycling and improving energy efficiency in our offices and shops.
We adhere to all legal requirements regarding working practices and the EU REACH directive on the use of chemicals. Weekday carries out regular unannounced audits and tests products covered by legal limits. But we go further too, and test for other substances not covered by law, but which we choose to exclude or limit in the products we sell.