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Production Part 2

Living Wages

We believe in taking greater responsibility for our actions.

In many countries, the national minimum wage is below the actual cost of living. And that’s a gap we all can help to mend.

Living wage

Since  2013,  we  have  been  paying  our  share  of  living  wages  for  our  products  at  selected  Indian  suppliers, and during the last years just over 2450 workers have received an additional amount from Nudie  Jeans,  as  a  step  toward  increasing  wages  at  selected  suppliers.   For  part  of  the  Indian  supply chain, we pay our share of living wages to employees from the raw material stage throughout the supply chain, to the final garment. 

We began this initiative in support of the notion that everyone who produces a Nudie Jeans product should have a wage they can live on. The approach to working practically with living wages in the supply chain has been discussed and debated in the industry for a long time and we have chosen to have a very local collaboration, directly with our suppliers, and we have not engaged in a trade union or governmental discussions or initiatives in the producing countries. Different stakeholders, including FWF, have verified that payments have reached the workers.

In 2016, we decided to expand our living wage payments to the spinning mill at the same supplier and another sewing facility in India. In 2019, we  included the workers in the knitting and processing units as well. Through these actions, we pay our share of living wages to employees through the fairtrade system for the raw material and throughout the supply chain, to the final garment. 

Social Audits & Training

We strive to take responsibility every step of the way, from choosing the most sustainable materials to only working with carefully selected partners, all of whom are required to comply with our Code of Conduct.  

Our membership in Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is a key element in ensuring that everyone throughout the production chain works under fair conditions, and their Code of Labor Practice is incorporated into our Code of Conduct. FWF is a third-party non-profit organization that works with brands, factories, and NGOs to verify and improve conditions at suppliers. Nudie Jeans has been a member since 2009. We actively work to improve the working conditions in our supply chain to make sure all suppliers and subcontractors comply with the eight standards of the Code of Labor Practice.  FWF performs an annual Brand Performance Check on all its members, which is available to the public online. Nudie Jeans has been ranked in the Leader category for the seventh consecutive years since 2014. 

On a regular basis, we conduct social audits and follow-ups at all our production facilities. The audits are made to guarantee that standards are followed and to find where improvements can be made. Our Code of conduct applies to all suppliers and subcontractors involved in our production. It makes no difference to us if our suppliers are located in a high-risk country or a low-risk country.

In 2020, we performed a total of 8 audits, four in India, two in  Tunisia,  one in  Portugal and one in  Germany.  The audits carried out in India and Tunisia were conducted by Fair Wear Foundation’s (FWF) audit teams, and the audits in Portugal and Germany were performed by independent consultants. During the year, we also worked on following up the audit results and non-compliances from the previous year although the work shifted focus from regular audit follow-up to prioritize COVID-  19 follow-up at the suppliers. According to the latest FWF Brand Performance check, which reported on 2019 activities, we monitored 97% of our production units. The number of worker complaints was,  despite the pandemic, low with two complaints from employees at one of the  Turkish suppliers.  The reports of these complaints are publicly available on the FWF website.    

 Although auditing is one of the processes that can improve conditions at the factory level, we also see the need for employee education and training to make sustainable improvements. Therefore, for several years, we have involved our suppliers and their employees in the popular  FWF  Workplace  Education Program (WEP). In recent years, suppliers in India, Turkey, and Tunisia participated in the Fair  Wear  Foundation’s  WEP.  Nudie  Jeans facilitated and paid for training at the suppliers.