CR

Corporate responsibility is in the heart of everything we do at Netraco
Corporate Social Responsibility | Netraco

“Creating a strong business and building a better world are not conflicting goals - they are both essential ingredients for long-term success”- Bill Ford

Corporate Social Responsibility | Netraco

Corperate Responsibility (CR)

Social and environmental responsibility is an essential aspect of the fashion and textile supply chain. At Netraco, Corporate Responsibility is at the heart of our business practices as we strive to continually improve our supply chain.

Our long-term mission is to contribute to structural improvements in the fashion value chain. Netraco fully supports the sustainability goals of the brands and retailers that work with us. We endeavour to fulfil their requirements, thereby contributing to collectively reducing our environmental footprint and at the same time positively impacting the social circumstances of workers’ lives.

An effective Corporate Responsibility (CR) policy is crucial in today’s fashion and textile industry. We partner with production facilities in the Global South who have a vested interest in improving their own social and environmental standards, because we believe that all our products should meet the highest sustainability standards. Our CR team closely follows European and global developments in sustainability standards and guidelines. Netraco ensures best practise in an effort to comply with current and future global industry standards.

Netraco has invested in building a CR team, which comprises a Corporate Responsibility Manager in the Amsterdam office and a specialised Quality Assurance team which functions from our Shanghai office. Together, both offices ensure that Netraco products are produced in certified factories, which the Netraco team check regularly. Additionally, finished products go through a rigorous quality control check before delivery.

Corporate Social Responsibility | Netraco

Performance Measurement Systems

BSCI & BEPI

Netraco measures social and environmental compliance by means of auditing processes. Netraco is a member of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), a global initiative that supports companies to improve labour conditions in Tier 1 factories. By being a BSCI member Netraco acknowledges several important official guidelines like the Convention of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Under the umbrella of BSCI, is the Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI). Netraco has joined BEPI in an effort to improve the supply chain beyond Tier 1. The goal of BEPI is to manage and improve environmental progress and create supply chain visibility beyond Tier 1.

Leather Working Group

Netraco Garments BV is a member of the Leather Working Group as of 1 January 2017. Netraco advises its partners in the leather supply chain to become members of LWG for continued improvement in a sustainable leather supply chain. The Leather Working Group (LWG) was formed in April 2005 to promote sustainable and appropriate environmental stewardship practices within the leather industry. As part of this the LWG created a protocol to accurately assess the compliance and environmental stewardship practices of leather manufacturers. The group promotes improvement in the leather manufacturing industry by creating alignment on environmental priorities by bringing visibility to best practices and providing guidelines for continual improvement. For example an audit protocol, a self-assessment tool and a tannery certification process. It is the group’s objective to work transparently, involving leather manufacturers, brands, retailers and other relevant supply chain representation with input from leading centres of excellence within the leather industry and the utilization of peer reviews from NGO bodies, academic institutions and other stakeholder organizations.

Fair Wear Foundation

Several brands Netraco works with are part of the Fair Wear Foundation. Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is a multi-stakeholder initiative in which brands, factories and other organizations in the textile industry work together to improve working conditions in textile supply chains. FWF’s motto is continuous improvement and a pro-active attitude of the factory. When a brand requests a factory to cooperate with them on the basis of the FWF, then the factory will receive information about the initiative and what is expected of the factory. While Netraco is not a member of FWF, we work towards complying with brands who require a FWF audit.

Oekotex 100 Standard

Netraco accepts clients who request Oekotex 100 certified products. This certification goes hand in hand with a product label that is to be attached to the product. The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®   is a worldwide consistent and independent testing method and certification system for raw, semi-finished and finished textile production on all production process levels. In addition material accessories (trimmings) can be tested. Examples of articles that can be certified are: raw and painted/finished yarns, woven and knitted fabrics, accessories, like buttons, zippers, sewing yarn, labels and end products such as jackets, pants and home textiles.  The method tests chemicals at every part of the end product. For clients who request Oekotex, Netraco works with supply chain partners who understand and can deliver Oekotex certified products.

Cellulosic Fibres

Netraco supports its clients goals to eliminate all ancient, endangered and controversial forest fibre from product lines. You can see more information on the Canopy web page: https://www.canopystyle.org and the following link www.canopystyle.org/assets/The-Hot-Button-Issue-Canopy-Viscose-Report.pdf

We source as required for clients who wish to only source man-made cellulosic fibres such as viscose, modal and lyocell from fibre producers that have undergone independent third party verification audits, tracking fibre back to the forests of origin, identifying and eliminating any risk of contentious fibre entering their supply chain.

European Compliance

Product Testing

All products ( textile and non-textile) that are imported or traded in Europe traded must comply to European Legislation on Environmental and Chemical compliance. Textiles are tested based on the European REACH system (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals). REACH encompasses registered chemicals that up to a specific level (limit) are not allowed to be found in a final product that is put on the market. Textile products such as garments need to be tested at all times by international accredited testing labs to check if they comply with REACH before being traded on the market. Netraco is diligent in this procedure.

 

Material testing (Leather and Textile)

Brands or retailers can request a factory to test on chemical compliance before a product goes into production, mainly to detect any chemical non compliances with the fabric before the start of a production of large quantities especially. When the factory receives the fabric, a piece of the material is cut out and sent to the testing lab together with the applicable RSL. On the same piece of fabric, tests can be applied for water repellence or other quality requirements.

When the material is leather we advise a Chrome VI aging test on a piece of the hide. The Chrome VI aging test can be done at a testing lab. Some factories or leather tanneries have the ability to apply the test themselves. When hides come from big tanneries then results of an aging test can be requested from the tannery. When chemical testing of Chrome is applied on the end product and the levels of Chrome VI are too high this can cause serious problems. Products that contain levels of Chrome VI will not be marketed.

 

Water & Sludge testing (MRSL)

A hot topic that is becoming increasingly relevant is water & sludge testing at wet processing facilities. Tanneries, dye houses, laundries are a few examples of wet processing factories. RMG’s with several different wet process or that are completely vertical are also considered as wet processing factories. To conduct water & sludge testing a testing company will take samples of the water and sludge being discharged from the factory. The samples are tested on hazardous chemicals. The list of chemicals and limits that is used for conducting the water and sludge testing is called a MRSL, Manufacturing Restricted Substances List. Most brands make use of a RSL and a MRSL. Netraco takes into account each brands requirements.

 

Factory Requirements

When Netraco receives an order, we will start a selection process to match the requirements with the customer’s needs. In regards to Corporate Responsibility this means that a social compliance check is requested from the factory before the order process starts. When a factory is chosen for the production of an order we advise the factory to go through the compliance information in detail with Netraco CR to make sure all requirements are clear. Corporate Responsibility is a continuous process for both factories and brands, and only by working together can we strive for maximum compliance.

Netraco has direct and regular contact with the supplier partners. We aim for constructive dialogue with the factory teams and assist our supplier partner in reaching the required social and environmental standards. Netraco also makes sure that it pays attention to its own business conduct in relation to its production, creating a holistic approach towards social and environmental compliance.