Because the near is so good. 90% of our materials are from Europe. They are manufactured and processed here. In this way, we can ensure that the work requirements and sustainability standards are observed. And this way we can keep transport routes short and save resources.
Our production partners must be in line with our philosophy and our idea of fair and responsible production. Before the contract is awarded, we personally check every potential supplier. We get an idea of the production sites, ask for background information on the raw materials and production conditions and request, if available, certificates. It only comes to cooperation when a supplier fits to all our requirements. We check the long-term compliance with our standards at least once a year as part of on-site visits.
To ensure, on a contractually agreed basis, that our products are manufactured under respectful and fair working conditions, we decided at the end of the 2017 financial year to introduce the PHILOMENA Supplier Code of Conduct. This Supplier Code of Conduct is based on internationally recognized standards and principles for responsible corporate governance. These include the labor and social standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ten principles of the UN Global Compact and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. In addition, our Supplier Code of Conduct is in line with the 2015 revised Code of Conduct of the German Textile and Fashion Industry Association (t + m).