LaDress is a Dutch fashion brand that joined FWF at the beginning of 2014. The collection of perfect dresses for every occasion is sold via, the LaDress brand boutique in Amsterdam and in luxury department stores in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Since its founding LaDress has been committed to working together with skillful European ateliers that share their passion to make beautiful products. They joined FWF to affirm this commitment. LaDress currently sources from artisanal European ateliers mainly in The Netherlands and Romania.

Brand Performance Check 2015

LaDress is in process of implementing FWF's management system requirements. The sourcing policy of LaDress supports the implementation of the Code of Labour Practices. The company has stable and long term relationships with their suppliers; particularly with their main supplier in Romania, where nearly 70% of LaDress' 2014 purchasing volume is produced and where the company has substantial leverage. 

The first year of FWF membership LaDress invested in informing all factories of the Code of Labour Practices. La Dress has implemented the monitoring requirements for low risk countries, accounting for 30% of its 2014 production volume. An audit conducted by FWF's team at their main supplier in Romania took place in the beginning of 2015. FWF has decided to award LaDress with the Good rating.

LaDress' production planning systems support reasonable working hours. LaDress items are not seasonable, but produced in a constant flow, all year round. The audit conducted in Romania did not conclude excessive overtime took place.

LaDress can take next steps in systematically integrating monitoring and assessing progress in working conditions in the company's work processes. Moreover, LaDress can gain more insight into wage levels at their suppliers.

It is FWF’s belief that members who are making a serious effort to implement the Code of Labour Practices—the vast majority of FWF members —are ‘doing good’ and deserve to be recognized as such. They are also doing more than the average clothing company, and have allowed their internal processes to be examined and publicly reported on by an independent NGO.

Score: 61 Percentage under monitoring: 30% Category: Good

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