Oberalp has announced that it has become a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) through its brands Salewa and Dynafit. The Fair Wear Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization that works with companies and factories to improve labor conditions for garment workers all over the world. FWF's 80 member companies represent over 120 brands and are based in seven European countries. The organization is active in 15 production countries in Asia, Europe and Africa. Companies that produce and distribute products of which the main manufacturing process is sewing can join FWF.

Members of FWF must comply with the so-called “Code of Labour Practices,” based on the principles of the United Nations and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The eight labor standards forming the core of the Code of Labour Practices include the free choice of the employment, the absence of discrimination in the workplace, the absence of child labor, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, the payment of a living wage, reasonable working hours, safe and healthy working conditions, and a legally-binding working relationship.

Oberalp will draft a report on its progress in these fields, in compliance with FWF's membership requirements and key principles, which involve a shared responsibility between the brand and the manufacturer. The company said that its membership in FWF will allow it to help improve working conditions at its manufacturing suppliers. FWF is well-placed to support its members' efforts thanks to its specific knowledge and expertise of many years with local suppliers.

The Oberalp group, based in Bolzano, Italy, specializes in mountain sports and also owns the Wild Country and Pomoca brands. In July this year, the group published its second Sustainability Report, entitled “L'individuo al centro” [Tr.: The individual at the center]. In this document, the company illustrates the foundations of its integrated corporate social responsibility policy, which places the human being at the center of its activities, whether this is an employee, a partner, or any other involved party.

The company's latest Sustainability Report focuses on five action areas: employees, suppliers, product responsibility, social commitment and environmental management. It provides an update of what the Oberalp group has achieved so far and defines the challenges ahead. The report is available in electronic format in the three working languages of the company, namely Italian, German and English, at www.csr.oberalp.com.