Human rights in supply chain
Marimekko has strong values, which together we call Marimekko Spirit. One of our values, “fairness to everything and everyone” reaches to our own personnel and our customers, but also to our supply chain – for example, to workers who manufacture Marimekko products. For us it is important that our actions have a positive impact on people’s daily lives, whether they are our customers or workers in our supply chain.
We are committed to respect human rights in all our operations. At the same time we recognize that our operations might have impact in areas where values, practices, and conditions for the realization of human rights can vary. Our approach to human rights is based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). According to them, in addition that the governments have the obligation to protect human rights, companies have a responsibility to respect human rights and to avoid the violation of human rights in all their operations.
Respect for human rights is included in Marimekko’s Supplier Code of Conduct which includes principles for example against child labor and forced labor, the right for the workers to organize and the right to equal treatment. We monitor the realization of human rights in the supply chain both ourselves and with the help of third party audits. We also recognize that the risks of human rights violations in their supply chain extend from the suppliers with whom we have a business relationship, further, to raw material producers. We assess the risks of human rights violations in our value chain based on for example product or material to be sourced, country of origin and type of production process.
Children’s rights are particularly important to us and we do not accept the use of child labor. We recognize that, for example, in certain cotton cultivation areas use of child labor still exists. For this reason, we joined an international Cotton Pledge initiative by Responsible Sourcing Network and we do not currently accept Uzbek cotton in our products. It is challenging to ensure that human rights are fully respected through our value chain, but we are determinedly and persistently working on the transparency of our sourcing and on developing the production conditions together with our suppliers. We also collaborate with others, through initiatives such as the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI).