At Thygesen & Birk fabrics we care about our society, our environment, our colleagues and our Customers. Our main focus above all these areas is respect. Whether we do business, produce, interact or work – we aim to do it with respect for those involved and for our surroundings.

We have based the content of our CSR, policy of the 10 principles of the UN global Compact and the GOTS standard Social Criteria and GOTS Due Diligence handbook.

SOCIETY

We aim to be socially responsible in the countries, in which we have our facilities. We aim to create more jobs in these countries and contribute to the economic development in Europe. Our ambition is to become pioneers in bringing production back to Europe and creating a stronger European textile market.

ENVIRONMENT

We care about the environment, but as a manufacturer, we are also aware of the environmental costs of our work. We take that into consideration when we develop, produce, and transport our products. We adhere to the following environmental requirements: REACH declaration for SVHC and Oekotex 100.

To minimize GHG, we will use Clima Compasset with focus on CO2 emissions and calculate CO2 savings developed per year.

ANIMALS

As we care for the sheep involved in the worldwide wool production, we only buy and offer non-mulesed merino wool.

COLLEAGUES

We aim to treat our colleagues with respect and fairness. Our work environment is to be free from discrimination, harassment and stress. We aim to have a safe working place, fair salaries and dedicated colleagues, and to ensure these conditions we provide training courses, extra management and a contract with union provided terms.

CUSTOMERS

When doing business with our customers, we aim to act professionally and with integrity. We focus on an open dialogue and trustworthy process, so all of our customers can feel respected, secure and satisfied with our work.

HUMAN RIGHTS

At Thygesen & Birk FABRICS, you will respect and support international human rights, regarding the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. If the supplier is involved in violation of human rights, either directly or indirectly, he must cease immediately.

We must respect international law regarding the rights to privacy and personal data within his employees, customers, and collaborators, as well as no discrimination.

EMPLOYEE RELATION

Thygesen & Birk FABRICS must provide a safe and healthy work environment for their employees. It is a demand that the employees are provided with statutory and sufficient safety equipment.

It is expected that the employees are getting the necessary training and education to do their job safely.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Thygesen & Birk FABRICS cannot use or take advantage of any kind of forced or involuntary work. It is forbidden to use child labor. Minimum age for employment is 15 years. Discrimination or harassment based on gender, national origin, religion, political conviction, age, handicap, sexual orientation, membership of unions, or any form of status that is recognized by international law. Freedom of association and collective bargaining are respected.

Working conditions are safe and hygienic. Workers shall be provided training and safety signs available in the local language.

Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week meet, at a minimum, national legal standards. Working hours shall comply with national laws and bargaining agreements. To every extent possible work performed shall be on the basis of recognized employment relationship established through national law and practice.

Before employment, a contract is provided with information regarding grievance redressal.

environment

Thygesen & Birk FABRICS must be aware of the environmental law and regulations relating to the suppliers and our own organization’s activities, products, and services. It is expected that they maintain the regulations and by any uncertainty regarding environmental consequences follow the precautionary principle.

We must at all times stay focused on limiting natural resources, harmful substances, and chemicals. As well as Thygesen & Birk FABRICS encourage the use of recycled material, wherever possible, and have focus on circular economy in their products and processes.

ANIMAL WELFARE

Suppliers of Thygesen & Birk FABRICS that use sheep (wool) in their production are bound to treat, feed, and care for the animals with dignity and respect. Thygesen & Birk FABRICS do not accept mulesing. The animals must have access to fresh grass. If they get sick or need to be put down this must be handled by recognized vet standards.

ANTICORRUPTION

Thygesen & Birk FABRICS is not allowed to offer, promise, receive, allow, encourage to, or use any form of corruption, bribery, or extortion to improperly affect officials, courts, business partners, or others.