Oberalp Group continues to cooperate with its suppliers to improve textile factories' working standards. Their efforts have been rewarded once more, as brands Salewa, Dynafit, and Wild Country were awarded "Leader" status by the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) for the sixth consecutive year. The Group's latest mountain women brand, LaMunt, received FWF's highest status for the second time in a row, upholding the status from the beginning. The Oberalp Group is the only Italian company with this status.
2021 brought an increased demand for outdoor products when the supply chain was still highly affected by Covid-19. Through early forecasting, Oberalp enabled suppliers to spread orders in production and advance material sourcing, thus reducing the pressure on factories. The quality control team based in Bangladesh, China, Myanmar, and Vietnam continued to visit production locations. The Group was able to monitor its supply chain – despite the pandemic and reduced auditing. Oberalp's Social Compliance efforts focused on fostering social dialogue and paying living wages. Details on the strategy and results obtained can be read in the company's annual Social Report.
FWF is a nongovernmental organization. Together with its members, it monitors and promotes fair working conditions and processes in textile factories. Oberalp has been a member of the FWF since 2013 and is subject to the annual "Brand Performance Check". During these rigorous assessments, FWF challenges Oberalp's promise against the actions taken throughout the year within the supply chain. FWF found that the Group possesses strong systems to act responsibly: during 2021, its efforts were consistent and progressive, making Oberalp a reliable partner for its suppliers and worthy of recognition as "Leader".
For more information, read our Brand Performance Check by Fair Wear Foundation.