These are not just empty words. Even before this issue entered the public consciousness, the HOLY FASHION GROUP had already developed its own code of conduct in order to ensure that our products are manufactured in accordance with human and employment rights. This code is the basis and precondition of all business relations with our suppliers.
In order to strengthen its commitment to social responsibility, the HOLY FASHION GROUP took the step of joining the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) as of 1 January 2008. The BSCI, to which more than 1200 brand manufacturers and retailers now belong, is completely independent of its members in terms of its policies and auditing procedures. That way it is able to monitor compliance with its standards independently and autonomously, as an external organisation. The advantage for its members lies in the existence of a uniform, globally standardised monitoring and qualification system dedicated to the sustainable improvement of working conditions in the global supply chain. Most individual companies would be unable to set up a system on this scale. On joining the BSCI, the HOLY FASHION GROUP’s own code of conduct was supplemented with the BSCI code. Further information on this topic can be found on the BSCI website:
The HOLY FASHION GROUP brands develop, manufacture and sell products exclusively within the premium segment. To be successful in this segment, we need the best suppliers in the world. The working conditions operated by these partners are generally far higher than the required minimum standards. In addition to the above measures, we also conduct regular site visits to verify this.
You can rest assured that the HOLY FASHION GROUP is fully aware of its social responsibility, and that this is reflected in our daily activities.
FAMILY LIFE AND WORK
Our priority is cooperation that is based on trust and communication and enables necessary leeway and flexibility for self-organization. And in order to promote this, the topic of “reconcilability” is made an integral part of managerial training and annual appraisal meetings between employees and managers.
Over and above this, the HOLY FASHION GROUP provides its employees, who must attend to their responsibilities of care for their children and/or other care-dependent family members, with a comprehensive range of measures and services.
These include, among other things:
- Use of counselling offered by the “familienPLATTFORM Ostschweiz” (www.familienplattform-ostschweiz.ch) free of cost
- Options for extended maternity leave for our employees at the headquarters in Switzerland
- Extended paternity leave
- Cooperation with childcare centres
- Information on holiday care offers in the surrounding area
- Parent - Child office and a Kids bag with toys in the event of urgent child care at the headquarters
- Options for mobile working system and working in Home Office environment
- Various opportunities for flexible working hours, such as flexi-time, individual solutions for resumption of work and possibilities of part-time work
It was a memorable day for the HOLY FASHION GROUP when, on January 19, 2017, we received the “Familie UND Beruf” (Family life & Work) award from the Swiss agency UND – as the first ever Swiss fashion enterprise to be bestowed with such recognition.
SECURITY AND HEALTH
They include, among other things:
- A wide range of sports and fitness programmes for our employees, like tennis, badminton, squash, football, beach volleyball, basketball, and running
- Cooperation with fitness studios and spas
- Healthy, diversified menu in our canteen HOME (headquarters)
- Support and counselling through the Care Management of our sickness allowance insurance for employees, who have taken ill or suffered an accident, during the entire period of recuperation and reintegration into occupational routine
In our day-to-day activities, we ensure therefore a working environment that is free from prejudices, but characterized by appreciation, openness, acceptance, mutual trust and equal opportunities for each and every employee – regardless of their nationality, gender, religious and political conviction, sexual orientation, age or possible disability.
In order to emphasize the high significance of diversity in the enterprise, the HOLY FASHION GROUP has signed in November 2016 the “Diversity Charter” which is a EU-wide corporate initiative for promotion of diversity in companies and institutions, and is under the patronage of Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel in Germany.