“Forced labor and bonded labor must be forbidden. Employers may not retain original documents, wages or bonuses of the workers. In addition, the workers must be guaranteed the right to terminate the employment relationship in compliance with the statutory period of notice. Overtime shall be voluntary.“
An obligation in and of itself is not enough, of course. Therefore, all our producers are regularly monitored by independent auditors such as those from Fair Wear. This process involved carefully examining whether there were any cases of forced labor. This is verified through interviews inside and outside the production site.
FW's reviews show that the following complaints were received in this area in 2019:
Employees were not aware that overtime is completely voluntary by contract and law and does not require any excuse or explanation to be rejected.
As a result, we entered into dialogue with our producer. All managers and employees had to be re-informed that overtime must always be voluntary.
In addition, the employees are being trained in their rights and duties as part of FW's WEP training. Overtime is one component of the training. You can find more information about the WEP training here