Social responsibility in the supply chain

Human rights & labour conditions

We are committed to human rights and to work for good labour conditions in our brands supply chains. All suppliers must sign our NOD Supplier Code of Conduct or a company specific version thereof.

We are a member of Amfori and participate in Amfori BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative).

Today 70% of the products sourced by our brands are from near-shore low risk countries. If suppliers in high-risk countries are used, we monitor their compliance with our Supplier Code of Conduct through independent BSCI audits.  We use recognised country governance indicators, e.g. the World Bank, to evaluate the inherent country risks of human rights abuses.

Supply chain due diligence

All brands must follow our Supply Chain Due Diligence Guideline in their assessment and monitoring of suppliers. It is based on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (2011) and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for responsible business conduct (2018).

All our brands must

  1. Identify country, product and issue-specific social and environmental risks in their supply chain.
  2. Assess existing and new suppliers based on the identified risks.
  3. Continuously monitor suppliers based on the supplier risk categorization.
  4. Actively work with suppliers on improvements.

This process is especially diligent when onboarding new suppliers.