In our audit programme, we focus on our top 100 suppliers as they take up 80% of everything we buy measured according to turnover. At the moment, we require f rom our top 25 that they have amfori BSCI audits conducted. The rest of our suppliers are audited based on a DK Company audit which is built around a set of stairs, where each step is an audit with a specif ic subject. Between each step, we conduct trainings to enable progress towards the next step. First, we make health and safety audits to ensure the safety of the workers, then we conduct training in management systems, making sure that the factories maintain the health and safty standard. Subsequently (step 2), we audit the management systems to ensure that they have been effectively implemented.
Step 3 is environmental audits, making sure the factories comply with our strict environmental rules and provide them with training in specif ic elements such as wastewater treatment procedures.
It is important for us to underline that we do not take any of these steps lightly. However, it is necessary that one step is in place, before the factory moves on to the next step on the ladder.
The health of the workers on the factories is of utmost importance to us, and the factories must f irst of all be a safe place to work.
Next step is working hours and salary, before which they receive training in production planning and productivity.
At this stage the factories are also required to f ill in a questionnaire in regards to their cooperation with DK Company, and how we can improve in order for them to improve on the issues related to compensation and working hours. The f inal step concerns “soft issues” that are also important, but diff icult to detect at audits, such as harassment.
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