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. Social and environmental compliance is something we care deeply for.
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. Our supplier Code of Conduct >
Our supply chain partners are located in Pakistan, China, Portugal, Turkey & India. By sourcing from different countries, different risks are involved. Companies are required to identify, prevent and mitigate risks in their supply chain, manufacturing process and export chain.
Before choosing the factory for production, we check which factory meets the customer's requirements. We monitor the customer's social and environmental requirements, and on this basis we select the factory. We also take into account what kind of product the customer is looking for, as our factories are specialized in various things. With regard to Corporate Responsibility, this means that a social compliance check is requested from the factory before the order process starts.
Certified by Control Union - 1029045
Netraco is certified to the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) by Control Union. This means we can offer our customers GRS-certified products, which contain recycled material that has been (independently) verified at each stage of the supply chain, from the source to the final product. In addition, social, environmental, and chemical criteria related to processing are required.
GLOBAL RECYCLED STANDARD
AMFORI BSCI & AMFORI BEPI
Netraco is a member of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), a global initiative that supports companies to improve labour conditions in their tier 1 factories. By being a BSCI member, Netraco acknowledges important official guidelines such as the Convention of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).).
Leather Working Group (LWG) is an international, not-for-profit membership organisation and responsible for the world’s largest leather sustainability program. LWG aims to improve the environmental impact of the leather industry by assessing and certifying leather manufacturers. As Netraco is specialized in leather, and we want to source for more sustainable solutions in our production chain, we are working towards LWG-certification with our suppliers.
LEATHER WORKING GROUP
We help our customers by advising them on specific styles, materials and production techniques based on their preferences and wishes. Every product and style is unique, and therefore needs to be assessed individually. In doing so, we always consult our factories’ specialists as we value their opinion. If a customer wants to source more sustainable materials, we always look for qualities that suit both the material and the customer's image. Our production and design team, together with our CR Manager, will make sure all customers’ wishes, regarding product and the production process, are met.
Water & sludge testing
A hot topic that is becoming increasingly relevant is water & sludge testing at wet processing facilities. Tanneries and dye houses are two examples of wet processing facilities. This industry is said to be a major cause of environmental pollution. In order to monitor the substances used in the wet processing facilities, water and sludge testing can be done.
All products (textile and non-textile) that are imported or traded in Europe must comply to European Legislation on Environmental and Chemical Compliance. Brands or retailers can request a factory to test on chemical (and/or physical) compliance before a product goes into production, mainly to detect any chemical non-compliances with the fabric before the start of production of large quantities.
Chemicals and restricted substances
Chemicals are commonly used in the textile and apparel industry. In order to make sure the chemicals used are not harmful for the environment and the people that come in contact with it, the use of chemicals can be tested. Regarding chemical testing, we have developed our own Restricted Substances List (RSL), in which we outline the chemicals that may (within certain limits) be used and which are forbidden.
All the leather that is used in our garments is a by-product from the meat industry. We don’t use any leather from exotic, threatened or endangered animals. We do not use real fur and no animals should be harmed in the production of our products.