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Fair Wear Foundation

We had set ourselves the objective to achieve a reduction in our CO2 emissions by 2012. We managed to do so by relocating most of our production back to Europe. Currently a big part of our production takes place within Europe, in order to limit transport and, as a result, CO2 emissions. Apart from reducing CO2 emisssions another important part of our decision is based on the important fact that Europe has good social and working conditions, given that the various governments protect worker rights.

Labour Conditions and Fair Trade
For 2016 we set ourselves as a goal that 90% of our production comes from socially certified makers. For our production outside of Europe, Alchemist looks for partners with a social certification or monitoring system (like f.e. SA8000). We visit our suppliers at least once a year, but mostly more often, to check the local circumstances ourselves. In 2015 we've employed a  part time staff member who supports us in reaching our goals and focusses on a further sustainable development of Alchemist. In the first quarter of 2016 we shall have an audit performed on the wages policy of on of our most important suppliers in Portugal,  in cooperation with another FWF member.

Fair Wear Foundation 
We're proud to be a member of Fair Wear Foundation. FWF is an independent non-profit organization. Fair Wear Foundation (FWF)'s mission is to improve labour conditions in the garment industry. FWF has invested more than 10 years in developing effective solutions to the key problems facing workers in the garment industry.
We have signed the 8-point FWF Code of Labour Practices, which is based on UN and ILO principles. FWF publicly reports on our progresses towards implementation of the Code. 
Read more about our Corporate Social Responsibility in our Social Report.

This membership underlines that we want to produce our garments with respect for people and nature.

FWF's four main areas of activity are:
• checking that member brands respect human rights in their supply chains.
• checking working conditions in garment factories.
• providing worker complaint hotlines in 15 production countries.
• ensuring cooperation between factories, brands and all other stakeholders.

If we want to improve the labour conditions in the entire chain, we have to work together, as no brand or organization is able to achieve that on it's own.
No thing or person is an isolated phenomenon. Chemistry only starts when different elements interact.

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