Zeeman publishes product locations

Alexandra Brechlin – 26 June, 2019

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Zeeman published its production sites on 24 June. The list was published at the same time as the sustainability report for 2018. With this publication, Zeeman aims to provide information on the progress made within the framework of its own sustainability concept and on the targets set for 2019. now has a world map on which the suppliers of the Dutch retailer are displayed. Among other things, you can find the name of the supplier, the address data, the type of factory (textile or non-textile goods) and the number of employees in the respective factory.

Zeeman is committed to greater transparency

Arnoud van Vliet, Manager CSR & Quality at Zeeman says: “We want to be transparent about where our products are manufactured. We have been openly communicating the framework conditions of our production for years. With regard to the production sites, however, we have so far kept a low profile for competitive reasons. After all, we have invested a long time in our good business relationships. In discussions with non-governmental organizations such as the Clean Clothes Campaign, however, we have gained new insights. While our production sites were previously on a collective list of the Textile Alliance, we want to ensure complete transparency with the help of the publication on our website from now on”.

Transparency in the supply chain as a basic principle

Zeeman has been publishing its sustainability concept for years. As proof of how high-quality and responsibly produced clothing and textile articles are worked on daily for as many people as possible.

Erik-Jan Mares, CEO of Zeeman, says: “Since Zeeman was founded in 1967, social commitment has been an integral part of our way of working. In Dutch, we call this “zuinig”. This means both cost-conscious and careful, and for us it means careful treatment of people, the environment, society and resources. We want to be open and transparent in everything we do, both in the things that go well and in the sensitive issues. Transparency in the supply chain is, from our point of view, one of the basic principles of social commitment”.

Problems are solved continuously

These checks and the associated improvement of the factories are an ongoing process. At each inspection, a factory is checked for 252 points. In the sustainability report for 2017, Zeeman already shared the results of the tests carried out by an independent third party on manufacturers in the Far East. This resulted in 67 problem points, all of which were resolved together with the suppliers. Many points concerned the working hours and wages of employees.

Abuses are eliminated more quickly

The publication of the 2018 Sustainability Report took place in the presence of representatives of the Clean Clothes Campaign. Suzan Cornelissen, employee of this campaign says: “With the announcement of its production sites, Zeeman is taking a significant step towards greater transparency. This will make it easier for us, as well as for NGOs and local trade unions, to address Zeeman and start a dialogue when grievances are detected in these factories.

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