To increase progress in our supply chain and to work more closely with our suppliers, in recent years we have heavily consolidated our supply chain and today we work with fewer suppliers in long-term partnerships. This has been a crucial part of our sustainability work as it has brought us closer to our suppliers and enabled us to commit to one another in terms of support, investment and long-term improvement projects. Today 40 of our suppliers stand for 80 per cent of our production.
To accelerate the development of sustainability in production, we have a score card that enhances the business incentive for developing sustainability. With the sustainability score card, we score our suppliers on their sustainability performance on a scale of 1–5, with 5 being the highest. It is built on six criteria which reflect the suppliers’ environmental and social performance as well as their level of transparency. The sustainability score is added to the business score card, which is our supplier management tool. Our goal for 80 per cent of our garments to be made in more sustainable production units by 2020 means that they will be scored as at least ‘4 – Best Industry Practice’ in the score card.
Transparency is an essential part of our sustainability work and it is important for us to share information about which suppliers and factories we work with. This list contains processing units that do prints, embroideries and garments washes. Today we publish the units we work with in Turkey and Bangladesh, but we are working on expanding this list with units from more of our production markets onwards.