Social Compliance &
Safe Workplaces

Like many other fashion companies, the s.Oliver Group develops its products in Germany, but places orders for the production of its articles with suppliers from various international, especially European and Asian, markets. This purchasing strategy enables us to remain competitive in a globalised world.

We are of course aware of the responsibility that arises from this procurement process. Which is why we have for many years promoted human rights due diligence, as well as safe working and production conditions at our suppliers, with an extensive program for the implementation and monitoring of social standards.

Our Code of Conduct

Compliance with the s.Oliver ‘Code of Conduct for the Procurement of Goods’ is a prerequisite for commencing and/or continuing a business relationship with a supplier. Our Code of Conduct regulates, among other things, the clear prohibition of child labour and forced labour, as well as guidelines on wages, working hours, and health and safety at the workplace. It is based on the core labour standards of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The Code also requires our suppliers to respect fundamental principles of environmental protection and animal welfare.

Contractual obligation and monitoring of suppliers

The Code of Conduct is an integral part of the s.Oliver Group’s supplier contracts. Even before a contract is concluded, the prospective new supplier is inspected on site for their basic fulfilment of our standards. A supplier can only go into production for us after corresponding release. Subsequently, the contracting parties and their production plants are monitored by means of regular inspection visits. Where we discover deficiencies, a correction plan is agreed and enforced with the supplier. In the event of continuous and serious infringements, we will terminate the collaboration.

Reliable partners

Working with cross-industry initiatives helps us in our efforts to ensure human rights due diligence and secure production conditions in the supply chain. To find out how the Fair Labour Association provides us with an independent view of the effectiveness of our monitoring system, what we are working for in the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles or what measures we are taking under the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, click here.

Our position on the planned supply chain law in Germany

As a member of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, we are closely following the developments surrounding the standardization of human rights due diligence in the supply chain. At the heart of this is a risk-oriented approach that should make it possible to identify significant human rights risks along the relevant stages of the value chain, to prevent them effectively, and to take action where necessary. This due diligence approach is also in the full interest of our company, as it supports us in enforcing responsible production conditions at suppliers. This has always been an important concern for us as a family business. If the aim is now to further expand uniform standards for this type of risk prevention, we see this as a positive sign for the sustainable development of the entire industry. This development can only be successful if all relevant stakeholders pull together globally.