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Bestseller Aims to Make its Supply Chain More Transparent

Bestseller is prioritizing supply chain visibility and upping its environmental initiatives.

The international fashion company is fostering more transparency in its supply chain by providing a list of suppliers, including factories, for its brands and sub-brands this year.

“Bestseller will begin the process of making information about our supplier factories available in 2017,” Bestseller sustainability manager Katrine Milman said. “We are already now sharing various supplier information with the Bangladesh Accord and other external business partners, and we are now looking forward to getting further into the process of making more information publicly available down the road.”

Although it does not own any factories, Bestseller works with suppliers who comply with the commitments of its code of conduct and chemical restrictions. On an annual basis, Bestseller’s brands have an estimated 250 million products, including apparel, manufactured at more than 800 factories across Asia and Europe.

Highlighting the behavior and ethics of supply chain management, Bestseller’s code of conduct regulates corporate sustainability and how participating suppliers could regulate their facilities accordingly. Based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Labour Organization and key UN conventions, the code of conduct involves an independent third party audit program. The program ensures that Bestseller’s suppliers are incorporating eco-friendly practices and treating workers fairly.

Bestseller’s chemical restrictions also echo the company’s commitment to the environment. Updated annually, the restrictions reflect the latest scientific research and international legislation regarding sustainability. Criteria for the restrictions stems from the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, an international standard that regulates chemical usage in products worldwide. Bestseller’s regulations include a list of chemicals that may be used, are limited to small batches and ones that are not used and could be hazardous to the environment and human health. Quarterly chemical compliance tests are conducted for Bestseller’s suppliers each year.