Aligning the company’s actions with ethical principles at all times is part of CWS’ basic corporate understanding. Alongside a wide range of measures and compliance training programmes, the company is also increasingly striving to minimise potential labour and social law violations in supplier companies. Thanks to the Supply Chain Management organisation, CWS already has good control over its supply chain in this respect.
CWS has set out all social compliance principles in CWS Supply Chain Management GmbH’s Code of Conduct (CoC). The BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) principles defined therein are based on the United Nations’ human rights and the standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Around 72 percent of CWS’ relevant suppliers already committed to comply with the CoC in 2020. In addition, all direct production partners have also successfully passed a BSCI audit.
CWS procures the majority of its materials, currently around 86.5 percent, from countries with a low risk of labour and social law violations. Furthermore, the company set great store by solid, long-term partnerships to ensure permanently good working conditions in the supply chains. Accordingly, CWS has already been working with 38 percent of suppliers for more than ten years and with 70 percent of trading partners for at least five years.
Protecting values together: The CWS Compliance HelpLine
Since April 2021, the new CWS Compliance HelpLine allows all employees to anonymously report compliance violations and misconduct. This means that all employees can report violations and misconduct without hesitation.