JOINING THE FAIR WEAR FOUNDATION
Proud new member of the Fair Wear Foundation with an audited factory in Tunisia
We are happy to announce that we are officially a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF): we joined as a participant of the Young Designer programme!
FWF founded in 1999 is a non-profit organization with the goal to improve the working conditions for garment workers all over the world. Members of the FWF commit themselves to work towards all the standards demanded by FWF step by step. The efforts of companies are monitored and audited on a regular basis by FWF. The goal of the Young Designer programme is to prepare small and start-up brands for the regular affiliate FWF membership.
Yousstex, our factory in Touza (Tunisia), was audited by FWF in May. In this factory our new jeans collection was produced – Skinny Lilly, Skinny Hazen, Boyfriend Basin, Slim Lassen, Regular Dunn and Loose Peele.
The factory was founded in 1990 by Mr. Habib Mansour and he currently employs 380 workers. The employees receive the minimum wage and are entitled to three weeks of annual paid leave. Apprentices have to be at least 16 years old to be allowed working at Yousstex. Employees living in the villages around the factory can use buses provided by the factory to get to work. The workers also have access to canteens that are equipped with gas, microwaves and a refrigerator. The factory itself is in a good condition: spacious, clean, well-maintained, air-conditioned and equipped with fire extinguishers and spray systems in case of fire.
Sustainability is an important topic for Mr. Mansour. He believes sustainability is the future and that it is everyone’s responsibility to leave the planet well for next generations. This is why he established a new washing and dyeing unit in the factory using the latest technology. It is now possible for him to recycle 90% of the water used in the laundry and during the washing process laser and ozone machines are used which reduce the water usage by 75% and in some cases also reduce the use of chemicals to zero. Furthermore, Mr. Mansour is very committed to Tunisia. He stays loyal to the country despite the unstable and difficult times in Tunisia at the moment. After the revolution he invested heavily in the factory to ensure the employees could keep their jobs.
The audit team concluded: Yousstex, the best organised factory in Tunisia they had ever seen!