Swiss Post committed to fairly produced working clothes

Press release dated 13.06.2012

As Switzerland's first major company, Swiss Post is signing the declaration of joining the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) today. By becoming a member of the globally active organisation, Swiss Post is committed to a strict inspection and sustainable implementation of social standards at its clothing suppliers. The focus is on socially responsible working conditions at the production sites. Every year, Swiss Post sends 300,000 items of clothing to its 38,000 employees who wear Swiss Post clothing. Until now suppliers have had to sign a social and ethics code, now Swiss Post is going a step further.

Swiss Post is the first major Swiss company to join the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). The foundation has been ensuring sustainable clothing production globally since 1999. The focus is on the social standards at the production sites. It is being verified, for instance, whether the workers have contractual certainty, are paid a fair salary and are not exposed to health-damaging working conditions. The observance of the standards is verified by the foundation through cooperations with local unions and associations as well as factory inspections.

Suppliers around the world

Swiss Post procures the bulk of Swiss Post clothing via its Group service unit Corporate Purchasing from production sites abroad. Some two thirds of the approx. 300,000 items of clothing distributed amongst the employees annually come from Eastern Europe and one third from Asian production. A lesser share of the clothes comes from Switzerland. Overall, 38,000 of the approx. 60,000 employees of the Group wear Swiss Post clothes.

Environmental, ethical and social criteria always have been of major significance at Swiss Post: all suppliers have committed themselves to signing and fulfilling the social and ethics codes of Swiss Post. By rolling out FWF certification, Swiss Post is taking another step towards sustainable corporate management.

The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF)

FWF was founded in 1999 by industry associations of the textile industry, unions and non-governmental organisations (NGO) with the aim of improving the living conditions of sewers in the global clothing and textile industries. The charitable organisation based in Amsterdam currently has some 80 companies from seven European countries as its members, whose production is inspected in 15 countries of Asia, Europe and Africa for its compliance with strict social standards.