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 2020?
- We went through the supply chain processes and made a game plan for the future.
What didn’t go quite so well in 2020?
- Because of Covid-19, we were unable to visit our suppliers, and had to meet them via Teams.
Our goals for 2021
- We review the new Code of Conduct and sign it together with all our major suppliers.
- We verify the environmental certificates of material manufacturers.
- We carry out a country risk assessment of garment-producing countries and define measures to manage and monitor the risks.
- We make annual plans for supplier visits and implement the plan when it is possible to travel again.
- We design self-assessment forms for new suppliers and devise a better method for providing feedback.
- We further investigate the origins of raw materials from an ethical perspective.
- We visit new garment production facilities before the cooperation begins.
Our goals for the future
- We increase the transparency of our operations.
- We regularly visit the garment production facilities for some of the bigger suppliers and investigate the social and environmental accountability of our partners, with the help of a standard set of questions.
We aim to visit our suppliers in person to ensure that the mutually agreed ground rules are complied with. Because of Covid-19, we were unable to physically visit our suppliers in 2020 and 2021, but we have held meetings with them via Teams.
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.