at the expense
In a globalised world, most of the items that we own have been manufactured abroad, and the situation is no different when it comes to garment production. Back in the day, Finland had a thriving textile industry but, due to structural changes, industrial sewing machine operators are no longer trained in Finland, meaning there are less and less sewing professionals available in this country. Furthermore, the large-scale industrial manufacture of garments is simply not competitively priced, as consumers are not prepared to pay a higher price for products made entirely in Finland.
All Finnish workwear providers, including Dimex, source their materials from the international market and the clothes are sewn abroad. However, although Dimex clothes are manufactured elsewhere, it does not mean that we would not be interested in fair treatment of the people who provide the materials and labour for our products. We are acutely aware of the issues associated with the global textile industry and have taken steps to ensure our products are not made at the expense of workers’ well-being.
of the supply chain
The clothing business is a huge global industry with long, complex supply chains. Every now and then we receive questions about the manufacturing process of Dimex clothes and their countries of origin. We want to make sure our operations are as transparent and traceable as possible. Below, you’ll find the answers to some of the frequently asked questions sent by our customers.
What did we achieve in 2021?
- We reviewed the updated Code of Conduct with all our major suppliers and signed it again together.
- We reviewed the environmental certificates of our material manufacturers.
- We were able to visit our Baltic production facilities despite of the travel restrictions. We kept in touch with our Asian production facilities by phone as well as via email and Teams.
What didn’t go quite so well in 2021?
- The country risk assessment of garment-producing countries was not carried out.
- We were faced with many challenges in the operating environment. The pandemic prolonged almost every process in the supply chain and made them more complicated. There was e.g. a shortage of raw materials, sewing plant closures, logistic problems as well as a sharp rise in costs. In addition to COVID-19, the blockage of the Suez Canal had a heavy impact on the operations.
- The Pandemic also restricted travel and visits to our production facilities.
Our goals for 2022
- We will carry out a country risk assessment of garment-producing countries and define measures to manage and monitor the risks.
- We will make annual plans for supplier visits and implement the plans when travelling becomes easier again.
- We will collect feedback from our suppliers and subcontractors. We will examine the possibility of using an external auditor.
Code of Conduct
Dimex’s Code of Conduct ensures honest and ethical business practices and can be found as a separate document here. We go through the Code of Conduct and sign it together with all major suppliers.