Policy for responsible business conduct
Our policy for responsible business conduct forms, together with our guidelines for suppliers, the basis for sustainability work in our value chain. It describes how we work with due diligence, which is a risk-based approach to respecting and caring for people, society and the environment in our own business and throughout the supply chain.
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Guidelines for suppliers
Our guidelines for suppliers, which includes our Code of Conduct (CoC), describes the basic principles for our business cooperation with our suppliers. It covers important areas such as human and labour rights, workers safety and animal welfare. These guidelines have been worked out in collaboration with Ethical Trade Norway and are based on internationally recognized standards such as the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO conventions.
All of our suppliers must sign to indicate that they have received and understood the content of our Code of Conduct (CoC).
List of suppliers
As part of being open and transparent, you can find our open list of suppliers here.
Download our List of suppliers
Extending product life:
We know that textile production is a burden on the environment and by focusing on the products’ lifetime, we can help extend the lifecycle per product and limit overproduction. Therefore, Norwegian Concept offers durable products. The best thing that can be done for the environment is to choose good quality products that meet one’s needs, and that can withstand everyday use. In addition to keeping warm and dry, the fabrics should be able to withstand repeated washing. We are committed to guaranteeing that the clothes keep color, shape and quality after wash. Therefore, we test wash all our garments at the testing stage, in order to ensure that they can withstand everyday use. We always recommend following the instructions on the washing label inside the clothing to prolong the lifetime of the garments.
Responsible production and purchasing practice:
Norwegian Concept is well-known for our responsible purchasing practice, and we focus on continuous improvement. We must always pay on time, not expect unrealistic prices or deliveries, and we must be able to vouch for what we have said. By planning purchases in the low season, we have been able to contribute to the suppliers having a smoother production line and a clearer cost picture. We have personal contact with all our manufacturers, and never use an intermediary for the production of our products. We have our own employee in China who visits new suppliers, and who collaborates with existing suppliers for a continuous dialogue. We design all our products at our office in Kristiansand, and thus have first-hand contact with the manufacturer, and have information about all components that are used per product. In the context of production, we experience that increased knowledge also results in increased quality and have therefore become very aware of where we buy our accessories and where they come from.
Long-term presence and supplier relationship:
Norwegian Concept started producing goods in China in 2006. Since then, we have had a very low turnover of suppliers, and several have been with us all our lives. We always try to produce complete collections with many of the same suppliers, and rarely switch products between different suppliers. We produce 95% of our goods in China. Every season we have between 30-40 active suppliers, and in one year we may have used up to 70 suppliers. Therefore, it’s important for us to have a good system that safeguards the interests of all parties. To do so, we have created our “General Supplier Contract” where we summarize our expectations of new suppliers. For us, it is important that the suppliers have predictable partners, and with a long-term presence we believe we will have opportunities to create changes over time.
We do not want to support poor animal welfare or harmful environmental practices. We do not use real fur or leather in our garments, only imitations made from PU and suppliers must certify this for each production.
We do not use wool in our products from sheep that have been subjected to mulesing. Suppliers must certify this for each production.