In order to bring even more justice and social responsibility to its supply chain, Marc O’Polo joined the Fair Wear Foundation a year ago. The casual lifestyle brand completed the first Brand Performance Check by the initiative and was awarded the benchmarking category “Good”.
“The result makes us very proud,” says Maximilian Böck, CEO of Marc O’Polo AG. “Especially because, despite all the challenges of the pandemic, we managed successfully to meet many requirements for first-year members. Among other things, we were able to achieve a rating of 90 per cent in supplier monitoring. At the same time, the report shows us where we still need to develop. We are working on this now because, as one of the leading brands in the premium segment, fair working conditions in the supply chain are an absolute must for us.”
Alexander Kohnstamm, CEO of Fair Wear, says: “Considering Marc O’Polo only had 9 months in its first year of membership and challenged by the pandemic, the results of this first Brand Performance Check are promising. Now with this benchmark in place, we can undertake concrete steps towards fairer working conditions”.
The Fair Wear Foundation's Brand Performance Check is a process to verify the member’s activities and report on them transparently and independently. It assesses the extent to which members’ internal management systems support the implementation of the Code of Labour Practice in the supply chain. The focus is on the production steps in which the product is manufactured. In addition, the purchasing practices and monitoring systems of the brands are assessed in detail. Fair Wear is one of the initiatives with the highest and most comprehensive requirements when it comes to fair working conditions.
The full report is published on the Fair Wear website as well as on Marc O’Polo’s corporate website  ( Fair Wear is an independent, global multi-stakeholder initiative that works with over 130 members to improve the working conditions in textile factories in Asia, Europe and Africa.