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. The sustainability of our supply chain is important to us, as bringing joy to everyday life through prints and colors must not be at the expense of others.
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 strict 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 continuously develop our processes for assessing human rights impacts and risks, mitigating negative human rights impacts and, if identified, addressing these impacts. In the long term we aim at full transparency of our operations and supply chain, starting with raw materials.
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 or forced labor still exists. For this reason, we have joined the international Cotton Pledge initiatives by Responsible Sourcing Network and do not currently accept Uzbek or Turkmen cotton in our products. We also do not accept cotton from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China due to the risk of forced labor in the area.
The amfori BSCI Code of Conduct and our Supplier Code of Conduct both include the principle of fair remuneration, sufficient to provide workers with a decent living and meet their and their family’s basic needs. The legal minimum wages set by various countries or wages based on collective agreements are sometimes not enough to meet this requirement. We at Marimekko are committed to promoting a living wage for the workers in our supply chain. As the issue is multifaceted and involves a range of stakeholders from businesses to legislators and local unions or other worker representatives, we believe that the best way to further the objective is through collaboration. As a member of the amfori BSCI, we support their initiatives aimed at furthering the realization of living wages in supply chains. Read more about amfori BSCI’s approach here.
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 amfori BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) and the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI).